TOURISM is a great driver of the South African economy. A Tourneo Custom auto, could make travel even more enjoyable
PRETORIA, South Africa – Travel by car, commercial vehicle, or public transport is increasing significantly here at the foot of Africa. Stretches of road that connect towns and cities are gradually reaching normal levels of traffic volume with Covid ‘lockdown’ now at Level 1.
Michael du Preez, product and marketing manager at Tracker South Africa, told The Corner: “Due to movement restrictions, most South Africans had little use for their vehicle during the hard lockdown.
“This was particularly evident for passenger vehicles. In April, for instance, about 15% of such vehicles weren’t used at all. However, as restrictions eased, there was an uptick in activity. In May only five percent of passenger vehicles weren’t used; by June most vehicles were back on the roads.
‘TRAVELLING SET TO RAMP UP’
“Under Level 2 restrictions, which started mid-August 2020, the average distance travelled nationally recovered to more than 90% of the previous ‘normal’. Total kilometres for commercial vehicles recovered to pre-lockdown levels while that for passenger vehicles was still slightly lower – possibly because some people were still working from home.
”The first day of the recent Level 1 restrictions saw the same activity as Level 2. However, total kilometerage could ramp up quite quickly by the end of September as more people travel for a probably long-delayed holiday,” continues Du Preez.*
In his latest address to the nation on Septem-ber 26 , president Cyril Ramaphosa said: “The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers. We’re ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities, and our game parks in safety.”
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With a model range expanded to include a six-speed auto gearbox and a single-turbo diesel engine delivering more power and torque, the versatile Ford Tourneo Custom is ready to embrace this ethos and help rebuild the country’s tourism sector.
“Greater road usage under Level 1 was to be expected. While this will undoubtedly lead to increased economic activity in many sectors – good news for businesses forced to make sacrifices in recent months – the potential for crashes also increases.
The Automobile Association (AA) urges all road users – motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians – to focus on the road at all times, and to obey all road traffic laws.
TAKE CARE – COVID NOT BEATEN
Layton Beard, spokesperson for the AA, has said: ”We’re also mindful that while the country has moved to Level 1 this doesn’t mean we’ve beaten Covid-19. All measures to curb the spread of the virus must still be taken.”
Whether travelling down the N1 that connects the country from north/south or the N3 which links Johannesburg to Durban, the Tourneo is designed to cover kilometres effortlessly, in comfort and with a sense of style.
Doreen Mashinini, marketing manager with Ford SA, said: “The Tourneo Custom is a popular people-mover that provides outstanding flexibility to suit a wide variety of applications, from busy moms and dads transporting children to school and sports matches, through businesses relying on it as an upmarket executive shuttle, or simply as a spacious and highly adaptable vehicle for large families.
“Now that revised Level 1 rules have permitted additional travel, the Tourneo Custom can deliver on its claims to explore popular destinations once more and reunite friends and family. It remains important, however, to follow the correct health and safety precautions stipulated by government.”
DO AS YOU NEED WITH THE SEATING
One of the Tourneo Custom’s many highlights is an ability to combine car manoeuvrability with seating for up to eight people. The two rear rows can be configured in conference format for outstanding access and enhanced interaction between passengers, or in two rows of three forward-facing seats.
Or each of the six seats can be folded, tumbled, or stowed in multiple positions or removed completely, enabling customers to create limousine-like space, maximise the luggage area, or meet their own special business or lifestyle requirements.
Ford’s new turbo engine spins an autobox and is available in two outputs matched to trim specification; the Trend derivative comes with 96kW/385Nm, the range-topping Limited 136kW/415Nm.
RADAR PROTECTION FRONT AND REAR
The units are available in mid-level Trend and range-topping Limited, each with a revised interior. On the Limited model, this incorporates Ford’s SYNC3 with a 20cm touchscreen, and smartphone integration.
Road safety systems include front and rear parking radar, lane-keeping, and blindspot object detection. Cruise uses a radar to automatically maintain a set distance behind other vehicle.