Ford Ranger wins international best bakkie of the year award

The Ford Ranger has won the 2020 International Pick-up Award (IPUA) at a special gala ceremony held in Lyon, France.

The win for the Ranger was the second for Ford with the Blue Oval also clinching the title for the 2020 International Van of the Year (IVOTY) with the Transit Custom. This means Ford is the only manufacturer to do the double twice – the first time occurring in 2013.

It was the enhanced 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel powertrain and advanced driver assistance technologies – introduced in South Africa in 2019 with the launch of the New Ranger – that helped convince the IPUA jury to crown it best pick-up, the second time Ranger has received this accolade.

“We are very proud that our South African-built Ranger has received this important accolade,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “It is a great accolade for both our Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, where the Ranger is built and for our Struandale Plant, where the new Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo, as well as the proven 2.2 and 3.2 Duratorq TDCi engines are produced,” she says.