• Aug 26, 2010
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According to The Detroit News, Ford officials met with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty yesterday to discuss the future of the automaker's St. Paul assembly plant. The facility, which builds Ford's Ranger compact pickup has been earmarked for closure for some time, but despite the roundtable session, the Blue Oval says it still plans to shutter its operations.

Pawlenty's administration had been hoping that the signing of a new state law in April allowing the government to offer Ford a series of tax breaks would be enough to keep the Twin Cities operations open, but apparently it wasn't enough – the plant will close, although an end-date remains uncertain.

Closing the plant will also close the book on the aging Ranger, though Ford has confirmed that the model name will live on with other, larger models in foreign markets. Thus far, rumors of a new North American Ranger (and even an on-air slip by Ford president Alan Mulally) have amounted to nothing, and with Ford committed introducing more economical engines to its F-150 full-size pickup, it appears highly unlikely that a U.S. Ranger will receive an encore any time soon.

[Source: The Detroit News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      In the last year 2009, sales of car types 4×4 trucks , pick up, either single cabin reached 11,451 units 2.3% of the national auto sales. The 2010 Tacoma 4X4 is a 2- door, up to 4-passenger compact pickup, available in 7 trims, range from the Regular Cab l4 guide to the Double Cab Long Bed V6 Automatic. The most important news for 2010 is the off-road adventure ride delivered by the all-new F-150 SVT Raptor, which boasts an elective 6.2-liter V8. for more details visits http://globaltruckdealer.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford NEEDS a smaller pickup than the F150.
      I have little doubt that they will introduce either an updated Ranger or something in between, it just depends on WHEN those smaller trucks might arrive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With more modern/flexible plants, it is possible that Ford will build a Ranger replacement alongside the F-150, just as the Tacoma is built alongside the Tundra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Minivans, crossovers/small SUVs, and high roof wagons with V6 power, AWD, and capable towing capacity. All that are more versatile, more comfortable, and have more fuel efficiency than the mini-trucks of the 1990s.

      Oh, and I almost forgot the Ford Transit Connect. Let's face it, the Ranger just isn't needed anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Need a replacement. I don't want an F150. I can't be the only one...

      How about a 3.7 as a parting shot?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't want an F150 either! Or and F100 for that matter! I want a Ranger. It's the only relatively small truck still left.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the heck Ford???? :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      dont be surprized if we do see an offshoot of either the T6 platform or a re-kindled f-100 program...ford would be unwise to ignore this segement, and if they utilize the T6 platform the expense wouldnt be exorbident either. And a nice 3.7 engine and the 2.0 ecoboost and perhaps a variant of the upcoming 2.0 in the Focus for base models may respark the segment interest as far as ford is concerned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should come as no surprise to the people at the plant. The Ranger is so old Noah had two of them on the Arc. The Ranger has not received a total remodel since the early 90's design debuted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Ranger is really not comparable to the Crown Vic. The frame is physically not the same in 1998 and onward Rangers compared to the 1993 through 1997 Rangers. In addition to different mounting points for the wishbone front suspension versus the old twin I-beam, the frame was stretched by 3.5" inches and boxed in the front. The steering was also changed to rack and pinion from recirculating ball.

        And it's not just new grills and wheels. Fenders, doors, hoods, quarter panels, tail gates have all changed since 1993.

        In addition to suspension and steering, the Ranger received new engines, transmissions and brakes (discs all the way around, not available on Tacoma). These aren't just cosmetic improvements, these are substantial. The current Ranger gets 5 star front and side crash protection. Do you think the 1993 version would perform as well?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It hasn't needed too much in updates. It gets better MPGs than any truck on the market and does what a truck needs to. I only wish they kept upgrading the engines and offered a 4 cyl 4x4 Ecoboost. Spruce up the interior and I'd be all over it...again (I have an 08). :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, other then a new exterior, new interior, new frame, new engines, new transmission, new suspension and new steering, it's the same truck since the early 90's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Trk2

        I still stand by my original comment and the the Ranger has not drastically change since the current body style debuted. Yes it has received some cosmetic changes (grilles, seats, steering wheels, taillights) over the years, but for the most part its body style has remain unchanged (think of the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis).
      • 4 Years Ago
      im sure the Govenor offered Pawlenty of options to Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      there's allot of Rangers in my trailer park. Why do they cost so much new after all these years?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @matt g
        Mine was $11,500 new out the door w/ the XLT trim (not the cheapo XL).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad, sad, sad. I own a 2006 Ranger Sport, and it's been the most reliable little truck I've ever owned. Decent power, good interior, and the looks aren't bad. Really the only original Ford left besides the Crown Victoria, which is also slated for demise.

      Why can't they just bring the new T6 Ranger over here? Small/midsize trucks are huge down here in Southern California, and in many other places also. It doesn't need to set record volumes in sales, just need to be a well-made truck that at least sells.
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