Production of the Ford Ranger has ended after having been in the market for 28 years. The very last Ford compact pickup that was built is this white Ford Ranger Sport. It recently rolled out from Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant located in St. Paul, Minnesota. With an 880-member workforce, the Twin Cities factory assembles the Ranger – the lone vehicle built here.
Launched in 1983, the Ford Ranger was the top-selling compact truck in the U.S. from 1987 to 2005. But its sales have been declining. In 2010, only 55,364 Rangers were sold. In comparison, annual sales of the truck peaked at 348,358 units in 1999. Ford had built a total of just under seven million Rangers.
Ford had said that it is working on a new Ranger version for the foreign markets but this won’t be offered in the U.S. Instead, what’s available to truck buyers in the U.S. is the Ford F-150.
The end of Ranger also means that Ford’s Cologne V-6 is ending after having sold 25 millions in the past 49 years. A 4.0-liter Cologne V-6 engine, which could deliver 207hp, was offered on the 2011 Ford Ranger as an option. The base engine of the truck base engine was a 2.3-liter inline-four that produces 143hp.