NEW ERA 14 WOEMA Inside BUSINESS 13 Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA South African-built Ford Ranger spiced up for 2018 The 2018 Ford Ranger features a range of new enhancements and product updates. Keeping aligned with the times and ahead of the competition, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has introduced a raft of new enhancements and product updates on the Ford Ranger, which is produced at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa. “The Ford Ranger has cemented its status as one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles overall and in the light commercial vehicle category, having topped the monthly vehicle sales charts on various occasions this year,” says Tracey Delate, General Manager, Marketing, at FMCSA. “The 2.2 TDCi Auto has been a great success for us, offering superb performance and economy matched to the convenience and automatic transmission. “With the latest enhancements introduced for the 2018 model year, we are delighted to offer our customers even greater value for money, driving convenience and safety, as well as trend-setting style,” Delate adds. Bolstering the integrated SYNC ® 3 with Navigation infotainment system with its large eight-inch touch screen, Front Park Assist is front-mounted sensors complement rear-view camera, thus providing improved visibility and safety when manoeuvring the vehicle in tight this bold limited-edition derivative – previously only available on the amongst South African customers, giving the muscular Ranger even greater on-road presence. “Based on strong customer feed- is now available in limited quantities on all XLT Double Cab derivatives, including the 2.2 and 3.2-litre models, in both manual and automatic transmissions,” Delate states. “This makes the unique and thoroughly to more of our Ranger customers.” Ford Ranger’s Fx4 treatment is now available in limited quantities on all XLT Double Cab derivatives, including the 2.2 and 3.2-litre models, in both manual and automatic transmissions. Photos: Quickpic Building on the Ranger’s “Built Ford Tough” heritage, the Ranger tinctive styling changes, including radiator grille, fog lamp bezels, as the door and tailgate handles. The 17-inch alloy wheels are supplied in an eye-catching black the side steps, rear bumper and spe- an additional distinguishing touch. also be available with a spray-in bed liner direct from the factory as an added-cost option. As a Genuine Ford Accessory Spray-in product, it is fully tested and approved according to Ford’s stringent engineering on the Ford F150 produced at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in the US since 2008. The liner is a Polyurea-based two-component material that provides rugged durability and antislip protection for the loadbed, and is more aesthetically pleasing than some aftermarket solutions currently available. For added convenience, minor and major repairs to the spray-in liner can be done at Ford dealerships. The liner is covered by the Ranger’s standard four-year/120 000km warranty.
Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA Tesla says its Model X is the fastest SUV ever 15 The latest addition to the Tesla range of 100 percent electric vehicles is its Model X, which the company says is the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. The Model X blends performance and utility with unique features including the falcon wing doors, canopy glass, Built on the Tesla platform, the Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in SUVs. Without an engine, Model X has a crumple zone much larger than other SUVs to absorb the energy of a front-end impact. Along with standard active safety features, crash tests indicate that Model X will receive a 5-star safety rating in all categories, ever to do so. Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and manoeuvrability. With less space needed to open than the sliding door of a minivan, the double hinged doors make loading a child in the backseat in tight parking spaces simple. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door? Auto presenting doors automatically open and close as the driver approaches or exits Model X. With a windshield that stretches up and over the two front seats, passengers can experience an open and modern feel with an expansive view ahead. Three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, room under the second row seats, side pockets and a blind holster for your iPhone, big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X. For even heavier cargo, with a 5 000 lb (more than 2200 kg) towing capacity. Model X is Swedish families help Volvo develop autonomous drive cars requiring less space needed to open than the sliding door of a minivan. Photo: Tesla also the world’s cleanest SUV the cabin, no matter what is going on outside. There are three modes: circulate with outside air, recirculate inside air and a bioweapon defense mode that creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants. Model X hits 0-100km per hour in just over a 3.2 seconds getting to a top speed of 250 km per hour, all while producing zero emissions. With an active spoiler that automatically adjusts for SUV. - Tesla New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Features Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar premium SUVs with which they will support the Drive Me project. Three more Swedish families will follow early Photo: Quickpic The 2018 Jeep Wrangler – unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Goodyear’s Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar. The Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear’s best tyre for versatility on and off road. The tyre features DuPont Kevlar for added strength, providing superior traction through rain and snow. Also made with Durawall Technology, which prevents cuts in the sidewall, the Adventure matches the toughness of the Jeep Wrangler. Goodyear and Jeep have an extensive history together, with Goodyear first producing tyres for Jeep in 1941 for the Willys Quad prototype. In addition to the Wrangler, Goodyear also supplies the Jeep Grand Cherokee with multiple tyre sizes. “We are proud to build on our long-term relationship with Jeep and supply tyres for the muchanticipated, new Jeep Wrangler,” said Johann Finkelmeier, Goodyear’s vice president of North America Original Equipment. “Working closely with automobile manufacturers to deliver innovative products for leading vehicles like this is a key component of Goodyear’s strategy.” - Quickpic Volvo Cars will from today start developing its autonomous drive cars with help from Swedish families who will test its cars on the public roads of Gothenburg and feed back their impressions to Volvo Cars engineers. the Simonovskis from the Gothenburg area, have now received the Volvo XC90 premium SUVs with which they will support the Drive Me project. Three more families will follow early next year and over the next four years, up to 100 people will be involved in Drive Me. Both families will contribute to Drive Me with invaluable data by allowing engineers at the company to monitor their everyday use and interaction with the car, as they drive to work, take the kids to school or go shopping for groceries. Volvo Cars plans to have a fully autonomous car commercially available by 2021 and the data derived from Drive Me will play a crucial role in the development of these autonomous cars. “It feels great to be a part of this project,” says Alex Hain, 45 years old. “We get the chance to be part of developing technology that will one day save lives.” Drive Me will involve real customers testing the different stages of driver assisted and eventually fully autonomous technology. “Drive Me is an important research project for Volvo Cars,” says Henrik Green, Senior Vice President for the company’s R&D department. “We expect to learn a lot from engaging these families and will use their experiences to shape the development of our autonomous driving technology, so that by 2021 we can offer our customers a fully autonomous car.” The Hains and the Simonovskis with Volvo’s latest driver assistance technology as well as an array of cameras and sensors to monitor their behaviour and provide the car with information on its surroundings. During these first stages, the families will keep their hands on the steering wheel and supervise the driving at all times when using their cars. But, over time, all participants in the Drive Me project will gradually be introduced to more advanced assisted driving cars, after receiving special training. Even then, testing these more advanced cars will initially take place in controlled environments with supervision from a Volvo Cars safety expert. No technology will ever be introduced if there is any question over its safety. This means Volvo Cars continues to develop autonomous cars with the same care and thoroughness that has helped it establish its position as the builder of some of the world’s safest cars. The Hain family comprises Alex and Paula (45 years old), and their daughters Filippa (17) and Smilla (14). to take part in Drive Me earlier this year. They are now joined by Sasko Simonovski (44) and his wife Anna (41), and their children Elin (10) and Villiam (8). Additional families will be added going forward as the project progresses. - Quickpic The 2018 Jeep Wrangler (Photo: Quickpic)