Ford to produce its Everest SUV at the plant in South Africa
Ford will invest the equivalent of about 170 million dollars to produce its mid-size SUV Everest at its South African plant in Silverton. The project will create 1,200 new jobs.
Assembly activities, that will also involve the Ranger pickup, will start in the third quarter and the first local sales of the two vehicles are expected by year-end.
Ford produces the Everest also in Thailand, India (where it is known as Endeavor) and China and plans to build about 10,000 units a year in the South African factory, excluding for now exports to America.
As mentioned, part of the investment will also cover the Ranger pickup, already produced at the Silverton factory.
The model is currently exported to 148 markets worldwide, particularly Africa, Middle East and Europe, while engines and parts are exported to Argentina, Thailand, North America, India and China.
Returning to Everest, the version now distributed in South Africa is imported from Thailand and it is equipped with a 3.2-liter, 5-cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine. Ford pointed out that the Everest produced in Silverton will also be equipped with a 2.2 Duratorq TDCi powertrain.