Ford’s assembly plant in South Africa has produced 500,000 models of the current generation Ford Ranger, a popular light commercial vehicle in the region as of late, according to a release from Ford.
Ford achieved the milestone at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, which also exports the vehicle to over 148 markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, according to a release.
Production of this generation’s Ford Ranger commenced at the factory in 2011, with an initial investment of R3-billion (more than $200,000,000) in local operations. The automaker matched the investment again in 2017 to further expand production capacity to meet the growing worldwide demand for the Ranger.
The Ranger includes Ford's SYNC infotainment system, as well as advanced driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping System, which are standard on the Ranger Wildtrak, according to Ford.
Combined local and export volumes for the Ford Ranger in April topped out at a record-breaking 10,434 units.