• Nov 9, 2009
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Ford has been working hard to integrate its product lineup on a global scale, but it appears that some models available overseas may never make it to U.S. shores. Ford CEO Alan Mulally has apparently told Automotive News that the Thai-built global Ranger and the A-Segment Ka likely won't be going on sale here in the States. Mulally had previously stated that both vehicles were under consideration for U.S. sale, but now the prognosis appears to be far more dire.

The global Ford Ranger is a far more modern entry-level pickup than its U.S. counterpart which is scheduled to cease production in 2011. While the future of the Ranger is looking pretty bleak here in the States, it appears there is some hope that the shelved F-100 project could once again be in Dearborn's plans. Pickuptrucks.com is reporting that its sources indicate that the F-100, which is a lighter, shorter version of the popular F-150, is still being considered. The F-100 is said to be bigger in all dimensions than the global Ranger.

While there is still hope for a smaller truck in the Blue Oval's arsenal of products, there doesn't appear to be any pulse at all for an A-Segment hatch. Mulally reportedly told AN that the Ka is just too small to be successful in America, adding "Fiesta is about the smallest vehicle that we think will be a real success in the United States." The tiny Ka, which shares hardware with the soon-to-be-sold in the U.S. Fiat 500, is a full 25 inches shorter than the Fiesta.




[Sources: Automotive News - subs req'd; Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is extremely dissapointing news about the Ford Ranger, a vehicle that I hoped would live on, a vehicle which should live on. The Ka on the other hand is a different story, it is too small to be successful for Ford and it would be cross-shopped against the larger Fiesta, and upcoming Focus which will share very similar styling. We don't need an A-segment car, but we do need a compact/midsize truck! I sure hope the F100 becomes reality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Mahindra will have the entire small truck segment to itself I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So here I sit waiting for Ford to make up their minds. I am the proud owner of a 2000 Ranger which I love and am looking forward to trading for a newly designed Ranger. As popular as the Ranger has been you'd think they would understand that by bringing a NEW Ranger sales would increase dramatically. Signed..........waiting
      • 5 Years Ago
      F-100 would mean just tacking on more sales numbers to a really broad category that actually includes 3 separate trucks.

        • 5 Years Ago
        F-100, F-150, Superduty all go into 'F-series' sales.
        stealthebeatles
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it were built off the F-150 platform, it would only be two separate trucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where the @#$% did you come from? Honestly, I've gone through every one of your posts and every single one has that old ass catch phrase that they dont even use anymore. Get a life, stop trolling it up!
      BTW, Ford is better! :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the current Ranger ending production soon, that plant will need to be retooled anyway. Why not simply retool it to produce the new world ranger. This pickup exists and it's ready and it's just dying to meet us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ka would make an excellent daily driver for many people. Just bring us it and we'll buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's what the fiesta is fore
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think our economy is poor enough yet to justify a car like that here. Most of us still have enough disposable income to afford to drive a nice car. But if Obama's health care plan passes and people like me end up paying a lot more in taxes, a cheap car like the Ka might be all we can afford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree...Americans don't like teensy cars. The Fiesta is small enough. Now if gas is $4/gallon it's a different story, but until then keeping the Ka away is a smart move. The Ranger, not so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with Luis. The Ka is likely not going to sell in large enough numbers to be profitable. This may change if the Smart and IQ start killing the market, but i wouldn't hold my breath.

        As for the Ranger, I would love to see it live on. Especially with a 4 or 6 cyl diesel. Lets hope Mahindra's pick-up make a solid case for the small diesel truck in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damnit
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is already taking a risk by introducing the Fiesta. If the Fiesta pans out well, then the Ka is a possibility in the future, but the American market has spoke in the past and sales of small cars don't justify it. But maybe the times are changing. But let's watch the Fiesta first.

      As for the Ranger, it's disappointing it is not going stateside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want an actual small pickup, darn it. Something on the order of what Datsun and Toyota used to offer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about this as a theory: It's quite clear to me that the "Global" Ranger is a re-badged/re-grilled Toyota Tacoma/Hilux(?). Wonder if Toyota is preventing them from selling it here in North America for fear of it taking away Tacoma sales?

      As for the Ka, I'm not sure what they're thinking, other than the usual "it's too small for America" argument.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How the hell do you get that the global Ranger and Hilux are the same vehicle. Just because they are both 4-door pickups and are not sold in the U.S. doesn't mean they are the same vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's a Left Lane reject, so he thought he would be popular here. He is just too scared to realize that the current Ranger outsells the Colorado.
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