Ford Ranger FX4

Second time around…

About a year ago, when the Western Cape was still cold and had relative water sources left, we took the Ranger FX4 3.2 Automatic on a camping excursion in the freezing Cederberg mountains. Proving an excellent mixture between a bakkie (workhorse) and a luxurious SUV, the FX4 took us through some of the toughest terrains.



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Tested: Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT FX4 (Limited Edition) 6-spd AT

Working around stereotypes

Hearing the word “bakkie” or “utility vehicle” immediately brings certain stereotypical thoughts to mind. Bakkies have always been seen as the business workhorse, mainly being used for carrying or towing large weights. Yet, within recent years, that stereotype may have been put to rest as more and more manufacturers are trying their hand at changing this perception.

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Top 5: Cars of the Year 2016

So here’s something different. Each year we list our favourite new cars which were launched over the last 12 months but this time around, instead of us telling you which ones we liked, our Facebook page invited YOU to vote your favourite new ride of 2016.

The list of candidates was chosen from the launches we attended or vehicles we thought were brilliant newcomers and worthy of being included in this line-up.

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Padtoets: Ford se Ranger 3.2 TDCI Wildtrak 4×4

Ford se Wildtrak beїndruk en rig ‘n sterk uitdaging aan sy mededingers

Suid-Afrika is nou maar eenmaal ‘n land van bakkies wat lankal nie meer net gemik is op ‘n kopersmark van boere nie, maar ook op die stedelike en plattelandse koper wat ‘n multi-funksionele en ‘n veeldoelige voertuig teen ‘n bekostigbare prys soek.

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Top 5: Tow Vehicles

So it’s finally holiday time and you’re off to the coast with your boat to visit the in-laws. Or perhaps your daughter got a new horse for Christmas? In both cases you have our sympathy.

Jokes aside though, here’s our little list of cars that can tow big loads, arranged by number of models and total weight. Please note that we based this list on manufacturer’s figures and advise that you confirm any data with your local retailer.

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RANGER ODYSSEY WINNERS

Ford Motor Company of SA

Liane van Dyk from Pretoria Wins Ranger Odyssey 2015

SANDTON, South Africa, 11 August 2015 – Pretoria resident Liane van Dyk has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Ranger Odyssey following 12 days of evaluation and competition while travelling 2 000km through the remote Damaraland and Kaokoland regions of Namibia. The announcement was made at the gala dinner for Ford’s Go Further event in Sandton tonight.

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Bekendstelling: Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT AT 4×4 Wildtrak

‘n Nuwe Bul in die Blou-Ovaal se kraal

Sou die volgende beskrywing van luukse kenmerke van ‘n voertuig aan ‘n voornemende koper voorgehou word om die tipe voertuig te identifiseer, sou die raaiskoot waarskynlik na een of ander luukse Duitse-fabrikaat passasiersmotor verwys.

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Five-cylinder engines

The fantastic five

A gruff, off-beat sound usually accompanied by a whistling turbo charger can only mean one thing: five cylinders. With even numbers being the preferred stencil for engine manufacturing, the five-pot is just as quirky and potentially unbalanced as those little three-cylinders.

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Tested: 2012 Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 iVTEC Exclusive

The loaded promise

One of the most striking things about the motor industry is its diversity; not just in terms of products but the preferences of various regions. Every continent, nation, country, often even province is different from the next and what sells next door may not even feature on the newest local brochure.

Read moreTested: 2012 Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 iVTEC Exclusive