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What do the Ford Ranger and the Volkswagen Amarok have in common? Aside from competing against each other as mid-size pickup trucks, the Ranger and the Amarok have nothing in common. That may be true for now, but in the near future, these pickup trucks or their next-generation successors might be sharing the same underpinnings, thanks to a recently announced commercial vehicle joint venture.
A statement made by Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Michael Bartsch to GoAuto sparked a speculation that the just announced commercial vehicle joint venture between VW and Ford might eventually encompass the next generation of the VW Amarok and Ford Ranger.
Bartsch has remarked that to remain competitive in Australia, VW has to lower the cost base of the Amarok. He noted that the Amarok is being built in Argentina and Germany, both of which are high-cost markets for a product competing in a highly competitive environment. Bartsch commented that Argentina is facing an unstable currency while Germany has proven to be a high-cost source, which its rival carmakers source their products from Thailand and Japan. Because of this and the lack of a favorable trade agreement with the European Union, VW has been at a competitive disadvantage in Australia.Read the entire article VW Amarok and Ford Ranger might share architecture by 2025
Last year, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will finally return to the United States market. And here they are now, pulling the wraps off the 2019 midsized pickup. It has an all-new design that was made specially for the US. Having said that, it is slightly different from the Rangers we have been seeing overseas.
One can easily recognize the 2019 Ranger as a Ford even in a pool of midsize pickups. This is because of the horizontal bar grille and its unique vents on the front fenders. The flared fenders give the truck its toughness, while the angled windshield is meant to reduce drag and wind noise. A Ranger logo can also be found on the tailgate. The truck has short overhangs which are meant to improve off-road approach and departure angles. Two variations of this will be available, a SuperCab (half rear doors) and a SuperCrew with four doors.
Ford Ranger is being marketed at those who live in the city, but who are adventurous enough to explore the outdoors. Simply put, the pickup truck strikes a balance between the city and the outdoors.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Ranger marks nameplate’s US comeback with 2.3L EcoBoost power, FX4 Off-Road version
Ford Ranger is currently Ford’s best-selling pickup in Europe, delivering over 23,000 units since the start of 2017, that is a 12.1 percent increase compared to last year, and marks the best year for the Ranger since it launched. Having said that, the blue oval isn’t ready to come up with its successor just yet even if people have been talking about a next generation Ford Ranger. So instead of doing so, the automaker will reveal a special version they call the “Black Edition” instead. Expect to see this wow audiences at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.
The Black Edition will solely be based on the Limited trim, and it will be featuring an Absolute Black paint, de-chromed, and a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, bed bars and exterior details to match the look.
Some of the features this limited edition version includes would be a set of gadgets like the satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera and dual-zone electric climate control. The power folding door mirrors are now heated, while it gets a set of seats with leather trim.Read the entire article Ford will be unveiling a limited-run Ranger Black Edition at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
For many people, the idea of a vehicle that can deliver exceptional off-road capabilities is typically seen as mutually exclusive with a comfortable interior. All of that is expected to change with the reveal of the customized Ford Ranger.
Created by Carlex Design in partnership with MS-RT Road Technology, this Ford Ranger can take on any terrain while making sure that occupants get to experience total comfort. Though this combination may come as a surprise to many, what is more surprising is how the team calls this customized version. The two companies have dubbed this off-roader as the VR/46. It’s quite surprising that the name is inspired by motorcycle racing champion Valentino Rossi, a racer known mainly for winning races on the track instead of on the dirt roads.
In terms of actual contribution, Carlex was in-charge of refurbishing the interior. Looking into the cabin therefore, one is likely to see Nappa leather upholstery with both the console and the center of the seats revealing stitched patterns. Meanwhile the seatbacks and the headrests are embroidered with the VR/46 letters. The design of the steering wheel shows the middle having a striped pattern with a number of sections decorated with leather. According to Carlex, these changes ensure that comfort and overall grip are both improved. When it comes to the color, majority of the interior shows different shades of black though the gearshift has a yellow strip which gives the inside that needed flash of color.Read the entire article Carlex and MS-RT create Ford Ranger with off-road capability and stylish interior
The all-new 2015 Ford Ranger Facelift was introduced today and according to the American manufacturer the new pickup will set a new benchmark in its segment, bringing an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology.
Compared with the outgoing model, the 2015 Ranger Facelift features a redesigned front end that shows new headlights, a brand new trapezoidal front grille as well as a new bumper and a more muscular hood. At the rear, there is a redesigned bumper.
The interior was updated too and is now even more comfortable, contemporary and offers a car-like environment for the driver and its passengers. As a result, there are new strong horizontal lines that run across the width of the cab, framing the 8-inch touchscreen.Read the entire article 2015 Ford Ranger Facelift debuts with new design, improved engines
Ford is expanding its recall of Ranger pickup trucks in the United States to include more defective airbags from Takata following a deadly accident in Malaysia that revealed a previously unknown glitch. Aside from the passenger airbags, Ford will also now replace driver’s-side airbags in the affected model years -- MY2004-2005 -- according to a statement by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ford’s decision to expand the recall came after NHTSA conducted a review to determine which US cars have installed airbags similar to one in a Honda Motor Co. vehicle that got involved in fatal crash in Malaysia four months ago. Under the expanded recall, both the front and passenger airbags in the Rangers will be returned to Takata for testing.
US regulators have focused their eyes on Takata’s airbag after defects were found to cause an explosion, thereby sending metal shrapnel into drivers and front-seat passengers.Read the entire article Ford expands Ranger recall in the US to include more Takata airbags
Ford Motor Co.’s production of the Ranger small pickup has been hampered by a shortage in auto parts. This has a significant impact on Ford since it is relying on this product to bring back its profit to its usual level and to help in reversing losses incurred in Asia. Ford’s Asia chief Joe Hinrichs was at the company’s global headquarters where he told reporters that there was a two-month delay for the start of production at Ford’s new Ranger plant because of flooding in Thailand last year.
This factory had opened last week but its operations are weighed down by the problems faced by Thai suppliers. Hinrichs said that in Thailand, the supply base is “still fragile and overwhelmed.” He said that there’s some shortage on any day. Ford considers the new Ranger as a key model as it aims to be profitable in Asia for 2012.
This ranger isn’t available in the U.S. He added that the problems with the Ranger production contributed to the $178 million in pretax operating losses in the Asia Pacific and Africa region from October through March. He said that the Ranger is a “very important product” as it is known as the “Ford truck” to the worldwide public. He said that as of now, many markets have yet to receive their Rangers.Read the entire article 2012 Ford Ranger production hampered by a shortage in auto parts
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.Read the entire article Ford Ranger production comes to an end after 28 years
The fate of the small pickups in the hands of U.S. automakers is uncertain. The U.S. sales of the Ford Ranger, which had once led the mid-size pickup segment, are ending. The Chevrolet Colorado compact truck will still be around past the 2012 model year, according to General Motors Co. Meanwhile, Chrysler Group is considering if it will replace the Dakota, which had stopped production last August.
Ford is anticipating that it will be able to maintain its share of full-size trucks by focusing its resources on the F-Series. GM is hoping that with the increasing gasoline prices, the buyers will return to the mid-size segment.
It may even convince small-truck owners to move to large pickups. The prices of mid-size pickups are nearly the same as their full-size counterparts but there isn’t a significant advantage in terms of fuel economy. R.L. Polk & Co.’s Tom Libby said that there are doubts on whether this declining segment remains viable. He said that there’s the trend is leaning towards smaller vehicles due to the need to meet fuel economy standards.Read the entire article Ford is ending U.S. sales of Ranger
To draw attention to the new Ford Ranger, Ford’s Australia arm used the vehicle to tow a 160-tonne steam locomotive. A factory stock Ranger was used. It was powered by a five-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 147kW (200hp) of power and a maximum torque of 470Nm, and it had a six-speed automatic transmission.
The vehicle was engaged in low-range four-wheel drive and with a simple tug, the train just followed it.
The new Ranger has a first-rate towing capacity that exceeds 3,000 kg and it features smart technologies such as Trailer Sway Mitigation and Adaptive Load Control to make sure that it remains upright.Read the entire article Ford Australia uses 2012 Ranger to pull steam locomotive to prove towing power
As you may know already, Ford introduced the all-new 2012 Ranger at this year’s Australian Motor Show in Sydney, but what you didn’t know is that the manufacturer plans to expend the platform used by the vehicle, from pickup-only at launch to an SUV variant. The new SUV is expected in late 2012 at the earliest, and according to our sources.
For those who don’t know, the new Ford Ranger was developed in collaboration with Mazda (the Mazda BT50 is actually a redesigned Ford Ranger), which means that the Japanese manufacturer could also consider a new SUV based on the BT50.
The new car is expected to carry the same engines found on the 2012 Ranger. For those who don’t know, Ford introduced three new engines on its compact pickup truck: a 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW (150 PS); a 3.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I5 diesel engine with a powerful 470 Nm of torque and power rated at 147 kW (200 PS); and a 2.5-litre Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine with more power at 122 kW (166 PS). The last engine can also be configured for E100 flexible fuel capability or aftermarket upfitted to run on CNG or LPG.Read the entire article 2012 Ford Ranger will spawn SUV variant, report says
As expected, Ford introduced today at the Australian International Motor Show the all-new Ford Ranger. As you can see from the photos, the new car introduces the new family face for Ford’s compact pickup truck but also three new engine, including two Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines with up to 470 Nm of torque as well as a new six-speed transmissions engineered for uncompromised capability.
The design of the car is resembled at the interior, where we can find ergonomically-designed power tools like DEWALT, and encasing instruments in a protective shell like a G-Shock watch. Now let’s take a better look at the engines.
The less powerful engine is a new .2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque output of 375 Nm and 110 kW (150 PS). Then, we find the 2.5-litre Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine with more power at 122 kW (166 PS).Read the entire article 2012 Ford Ranger: official details, photos and specs
Ford released today the first teaser with the all-new Ranger, which will make its debut at this year’s Australian International Motor Show on October 15.
Designed and engineered at Ford’s Campbellfield product development and Geelong proving ground facilities, the new Ranger will not be available in the United States and is part of the wave of global products driven by the ONE Ford strategy.
But why Australia, you ask? Apparently, this country played a leading role in the development of this latest global Ford product. As you may know already, Ranger prototypes have been spotted several times by automotive spy photographers and according to Ford, the development of the car clocked more than 1 million kilometres of testing in the toughest conditions.Read the entire article All-new Ford Ranger teased ahead of its official debut
As expected, Ford announced that it will drop the Ranger compact pickup from the US lineup after the 2011 model year. As you may know already, Ford already released the first teaser with the all-new Ranger, which will make its debut on October 15, at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show.
Apparently, the decision to remove the Ranger from the Unites States market was taken due to the poor demand.
Ford also decided that it is better to build a wider range of F-150 pickups, including V6-powered versions. The new Ranger will also closer in size to the current F-150 sold in the United States, which means that dropping the Ranger makes perfect sense.Read the entire article Ford dropping the Ranger compact pickup from its US lineup after 2011MY
A fresh pickup truck concept vehicle was lately revealed by Ford bearing the label 'Ranger' at this year's Thailand Motor Expo. The new concept, sporting the complete label of Ford Ranger Max Concept, highlights a daring exterior look and many interesting traits, and its designers assert that it contains some elements that will ultimately be included in the production variants.
It was acknowledge by the crew responsible for the Ford Ranger Max Concept that their design "wasn't meant to be elegant or pretty", but instead to highlight the "dependable workhorse" side of the truck.
Presenting bright orange paint finish with matte black highlights, the developers illustrate the appearance as being directly motivated by the functional design found in some contemporary power tools.Read the entire article Ford Ranger Max Concept unveiled in Thailand
Next month, during the 2009 Geneva Motor Show the next Ford Ranger pickup is ready to please spectators. The pickup was seen last December at the Thailand International Motor Expo as the Ranger Max Concept. The Ranger comes fully packed with equipment that makes it not only a workhorse but a lifestyle car too.
There are two engine choices offered: a 2.5-liter TDCi turbo diesel with power yield of 143PS (105kW) and 330Nm.
It comes with a CO2 emission of 227g/km for the 4x2 variant and 224g/km in the 4x4. The second powerplant is a 3.0-liter TDCi that come with 156PS (115kW) and 380Nm of torque.Read the entire article 2009 Ford Ranger coming to the Geneva Motor Show
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