Ford Ranger production comes to an end after 28 years

Article by Christian A., on December 20, 2011

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.

New Ford Ranger makes its debut

Ford has unveiled the latest installment of its new global vehicles at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show – the all-new Ford Ranger. Designed not just to exude a dynamic on-the-road and off-the-road presence, the latest generation Ford Ranger is also created to provide a great deal of capabilities while offering a transformed truck ownership experience.

This latest iteration of the Ranger boasts of a significant surge in power and towing capability and a whole new level of safety. While it builds on the capabilities that the Ranger – as a pickup truck – has been known for, the newest version now offers spacious, comfortable cabin laden with driver-focused features.

More than that, the Ford Ranger promises to offer a kind of driving experience usually felt when piloting a car. In fact, the new Ranger could be considered as one of the most high-tech trucks in its segment. It is underpinned by Ford’s new global compact pickup truck platform from Ford and Mazda.

This new platform renders obsolete the two previous-generation compact truck platforms that underpin Ford’s current vehicles. Its state-of-the-art and durable nature allows it to offer a new face of “Built Ford Tough” to customers across several markets worldwide.

Among the wide array of technologies injected into the new Ford Ranger are Adaptive Load Control, a new Rearview Camera System, Trailer Sway Control and Rear Park Assist. More technologies are being planned to be infused into the new Ford Ranger in the next few months.

Ford is planning to sell the new Ranger in five continents and over 180 markets. It will be -- depending on the market -- available in three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, with up to five series choices and two ride heights.

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