Just out on the web with quarterly earnings statement.
Ford also said its Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minn., will continue producing the Ranger small pickup through 2011. The plant was scheduled to close next year, but Ranger sales are down just 4 percent in the first half of this year, versus 18 percent for the U.S. light truck market as a whole.
Ford also announced that it will bring six European small car models to North America by the end of 2012 as it deals with a market shift from trucks to cars brought on by high gasoline prices.
Nice to hear the Ranger is going to be around for little longer. The Ranger has to be a money maker for Ford since the tooling has hardly changed since '93. I bet sales would really improve if Ford put a turbo-diesel in it.
That's great news. I bet all the other manufacturers that recently made their small trucks larger are feeling pretty stupid right about now!! I would not be surprised at all to see some of them going back to a more compact size truck in the near future.
2009 Ranger FX4 Super Cab 4x4 5 speed manual, 4.0 V6, leather buckets, 6 disc CD, Vista Blue (play truck)
2006 Ranger XL 4X2 Regular Cab 2.3L 5 speed manual, Pioneer CD stereo, Oxford White
I have Aerostar, Ranger and Taurus. What I want ranger to have? Wider cabine and seats like in taurus. I do not need longer bed, I want wide and longer cab. Yeah, crew cab is available here (EU ranger with crew cab has short bed), but it it too narrow. F150 is too big. May be F100 will be of optimal size. There were many publications about future chassis. As I understand ford wants to have one more global product - one chassis for Transit Van, pickup, SUV and family van. Transit chassis is smaller then F150 chassis but bigger then ranger. Ranger is so popular for its fuel milage but with new 3.5V6DOHC with electronically controlled throutle and Duratorq diesels they will get better fuel milage ranger has now, so F100 should be popular like ranger now.
But ford can discontinue ranger becouse they will have truck of ranger size - Transit Connect. Now they say they need 1-2 year delay to build new ranger, but in 1995-98 they used to say the same about aerostar and finally replaced it with FWD windstar. Now they want to see how popular will be FWD and AWD transit Connect and can it raplace Ranger. If yes they will replace ranger with built on RWD Transit chassis F100 and Transit connect.
Yes, I understand that Transit Connect is not a van ore truck, it is FWD LCV (light commercial vehicle), like Renault Cangoo, Citroen Berlingo, Pegeot Expert....
I understand that these vehicles are designed as urban breadboxes with car powertraine, and really are like downsized windstar....
well, it is normally that world changes even if we do not want.
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