In a historic turn of events, the South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition witnessed a leisure double cab 4×4 bakkie take the coveted title for the first time in its 37-year history. The Ford Ranger emerged as the victor, surpassing all expectations and solidifying its place as South Africa’s Car of the Year for 2023.
This remarkable achievement highlights the automotive industry’s unwavering commitment to manufacturing high-quality double cabs that combine performance, comfort, safety, and cutting-edge technology.
The Rise of Double Cab Bakkies
Over the past decade, the popularity of SUVs and double cabs has soared, causing sedans to lose dominance. Double cab bakkies have now become the preferred choice for everyday commuting, family adventures, and various work applications, perfectly meeting the mobility demands of South Africans.
Mabuyane Mabuza, the chairperson of the 2023 COTY competition, emphasises that these vehicles offer an unparalleled solution that fulfils the diverse needs of the South African population.
The Everest – Best Adventure SUV Reputation and Anticipation
Following rave reviews from motoring enthusiasts, Halfway Ford Waterfall got to test the third-generation Everest just before the vehicle claimed victory in the Adventure SUV category at the coveted 2023 Coty Awards, further enhancing our anticipation.
The reviews had already elevated Everest’s reputation, leaving us with one lingering question: would Everest truly live up to its illustrious name during our upcoming week-long experience with it?
The Everest Platinum, the range-topping model we tested, boasts a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 engine that delivers 184kw power and 600Nm of torque. This potent engine performs flawlessly, providing both technique and capability.
Despite its massive size and weight, the Everest manoeuvres with agility, surprising us with its nimble handling.
Smooth and Efficient
Everest’s powerful engine matches a 10-speed automatic gearbox that effortlessly and swiftly shifts gears. This seamless transmission contributes to a smooth driving experience, whether accelerating or decelerating. The Everest Platinum truly excels in offering a comfortable and efficient ride.
The Ford Ranger – A Trailblazer in Double Cab Bakkies with Unparalleled Power and Capability
As the winner of South Africa’s Car of the Year 2023, the Ford Ranger epitomises excellence in the double cab bakkie segment. With a diversified engine configuration and advanced technologies, the Ranger delivers unparalleled performance and experience. Whether on city streets or off-road terrains, the Ranger confidently tackles any challenge.
Ford has seamlessly integrated cutting-edge technology into the Ranger, enhancing the driving experience and ensuring occupant safety. From intuitive infotainment systems to advanced driver-assistance features, the Ranger stands at the forefront of innovation, setting new standards for double cab bakkies.
Comfort and Safety
The Ford Ranger offers a comfortable and safe ride for the driver and passengers. With its spacious cabin and ergonomic design, the Ranger provides a refined interior that prioritises comfort and convenience. Additionally, Ford has incorporated numerous safety features, ensuring peace of mind on every journey.
The Ford Ranger’s triumph as South Africa’s Car of the Year 2023 marks a significant historical milestone for the automotive industry and double cab bakkies.
This achievement showcases Ford’s commitment to meeting the ever-evolving demands of South African consumers.
With Everest also garnering praise as the Best Adventure SUV, Ford continues to redefine the standards of performance, comfort, and innovation in the automotive landscape. As we move forward, it is clear that the future of mobility in South Africa lies in the hands of vehicles like the Ford Ranger and Everest, promising unforgettable adventures and uncompromising excellence.