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CarPenter
05-14-2005, 02:42 AM
WHISPERS: Ford Won't Redesign Ranger, May Dump it in 2010<br>Date Posted 05-13-2005 <p>source edmunds.com<p><br> <br>DEARBORN, Mich.  Ford Motor Co. reportedly plans to keep its aging Ranger compact pickup alive at least through the end of the decade with few major mechanical changes, according to component suppliers familiar with the automaker's future programs. <p>However, Ford will give the Ranger a modest face-lift this fall, at the start of the 2006 model year. The small truck will get a more aggressive front fascia, including a heavy chrome grille that ties it closer, stylistically, to the big F-Series pickups. There are also some minor changes to the taillamps, but otherwise the sheet metal remains largely untouched. <p>Ford vendors who spoke with Inside Line said the company has postponed a major redesign of the Ranger on several occasions, and now has no plans for a complete overhaul before the end of this decade. As U.S. sales of compact pickups continue to dwindle  and competitors grow ever larger  Ford also is considering a proposal to drop the Ranger entirely after 2010, suppliers said. <p>What this means to you: Is this bad for consumers? Probably not, seeing as there are a bevy of small trucks out there. But Ford obviously thinks it can get away with not putting substantial resources into the Ranger. Or, given how good its competitors have become, it doesn't think it would be worth it. <p><br>well gee wiz why aint domestic small pick up's selling ? cause there horrible ! we first waited forever for the s-10 to get redone and its flipping major ugly, i cant even stand to look at one ! second i cant fit in a ranger, (steering wheel in my chest, roof hit's my head, cant push the seat back far enough ! ) and they came out when i was in college and im 40 now, lets start offering domestic products that consumers will go after, ooops wait that should be a no brainer ! except to ford and GM lately, also when im behind the wheel of a vehicle im kinda looking at the dash alot not the exterior, crappy dash= no sale period !!! please GM fire all your interior designers and hire some interior folks from vw and audi, do whatever it takes to make your interiors a better place to look at and be in !<br>

bolita
05-16-2005, 01:27 PM
I think there was a thread ont his, but I believe that Ford is /will cater the upmarket/famoly market with the SporTrac and may dump the Ranger or replace it with a variation of the ASEAN Ranger J97/Mazda B series for fleet and commercial applications. I would guess it will be called the F100... and the Ranger name may be dropped in the US

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02-21-2006, 11:21 AM
<IMG SRC="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/rfk4i94lk.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Our <B>insider at FoMoCo says it's almost official that the Ranger compact pick-up will cease to exist in 2008,</B> <B>at least in the U.S.</B> <B>as part of Ford's "Way Forward" plan</B>. The vehicle could become an international model built in such foreign locals as Thailand or India. Most automakers won't even consider building compact trucks for American consumers, so this move makes sense. <B>Still expect to see a slight refresh for the truck's final two-year run</B>.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://www.mph-online.com/web/prtranslated/00551" TARGET="_blank">MPH</A><br> <br>

AM2
02-21-2006, 04:33 PM
If North America will drop the Ranger, I guess that means Ford's 4-Trac concept that was unveiled in Bangkok was a preview of the next gen "Asia-Pacific-European only" Ranger pickup.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.americancarfans.com/news/2051125.003/2051125.003.1M.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>

mzoltarp
02-22-2006, 06:43 AM
So the Ranger dies...big deal. It's been dead for years.

63Bonneville
02-22-2006, 04:19 PM
The Ranger won't really be missed, as so it appears. It had a good run and served it's purpose. Most of the interest in the American market is for larger pickups and even the "smaller" pickup offerings from Toyota, Nissan, GM, Dodge, etc. aren't quite so compact; they're more in the intermediate scale The new Explorer Sport-Trac should more than fill the Ranger's void. <br>The Ranger is probably one of the more dated vehicles now produced. It essentially kept it's basic chassis from the 80's all along, but, I believe it was upgraded during the 90's or so, basically a re-body and new interior on the same basic floor-plan.

Hornbag
02-23-2006, 04:56 AM
I like the idea of the Thai Ranger/Courier going State Side!