Thai Floods: Ford delay Range in South Africa image

Ford Motor Co. on Friday announced that will delay its Ranger model in South Africa until the first quarter of next year because Thai Floods have crippled a number of component suppliers to the Pretoria plant.

“To date, we have lost 17 000 vehicles between Thailand and South Africa. It could get to 30 000 by the end of the flooding,” Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEOJeff Nemeth said.

“The floods have had a significant impact on us,” he says.

Designed and developed by a global team headquartered in Australia, the product development teams had full access to Ford’s global capabilities, testing facilities and pickup truck knowledge.

The new Ranger will be made in three continents with South Africa producing vehicles at its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria for export to 148 markets around the world.

Last month, Lewis Booth, chief financial officer at the Dearborn, said that Michigan-based carmaker may lose production of 30,000 vehicles because of situation in Thailand.

Thailand’s economy will grow less than 3 percent this year, damped by the effects of the disaster, central bank Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul said Oct. 25.