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Ford to Spend $1 Billion in Biggest South Africa Investment

  • U.S. carmaker upgrading site near Pretoria, adding capacity
  • Ford is cutting back on plants and jobs in other countries
Automobile Production At Ford Espana SL's Spanish Factory
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Ford Motor Co. will plow $1.05 billion into a plant in South Africa -- its biggest-ever investment in the country -- as the carmaker scales back in other regions including Brazil and Europe.

The upgrades to the Silverton plant near the capital, Pretoria, will boost the site’s annual capacity by almost a fifth to 200,000 units and create about 1,200 direct jobs, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The outlay will support production of a new Ranger pickup truck starting in 2022, both for domestic sales and exports.