• Jan 6th 2011 at 12:31PM
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Global Ford Ranger pulls a locomotive – Click above to watch video after the jump

We're still smarting over the fact that American buyers won't get a chance to sample the goodness that is the new global Ford Ranger, and now the guys and gals at the Blue Oval have set about salting that wound. The company's engineers decided to show off exactly how powerful the little truck is, so they strapped it to a 160-ton locomotive and pulled the engine out of its berth. The Ranger came packing its TDCi diesel 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. Bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission and equipped with a low-range transfer case, the pickup appears to have no problem lugging the T-class diesel-electric locomotive out of storage.

After watching the video, we've got to agree with the decision makers at Ford. Absolutely no one on this side of the world would ever want a small diesel pickup truck with a towing capacity of over 6,600 lbs. We're not bitter. Honest. Hit the jump to check out the clip for yourself. Hat tip to The Typical Guy!


  • 2011 Ford Ranger front 3/4
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  • 2011 Ford Ranger rear 3/4
  • 2011 Ford Ranger grille
  • 2011 Ford Ranger tailgate
  • 2011 Ford Ranger rear
  • 2011 Ford Ranger interior
  • 2011 Ford Ranger fender
  • 2011 Ford Ranger interior
  • 2011 Ford Ranger rear 3/4

[Source: YouTube via Top Gear]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      What is the brand of the tires manufacturer ???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not exactly compact sized anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure all the Ford employees at the St. Paul, Minnesota Ranger plant scheduled to close next year are just cheering. I have a Ranger now but I won't be buying one of the global ones if they're made somewhere else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This Global truck is a Mazda ( newer than the B1000 they sold here, but you get the idea)
      Mr Smith
      • 4 Years Ago
      Screw Ford, and let them keep their damned Ranger truck!

      They rubbed it into everybodies faces on Facebook last year.

      Now we can't have it. Ford can kiss my arse. I WAS a longtime customer.
      raildavid
      • 4 Years Ago
      In 1930, the Timkem Roller Bearing Company put rollers bearings on a steam locomotive and then staged publicity stunts where a few people moved the locomotive. In Chicago, three women moved the locomotive. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timken_1111). Roller bearing were also used on a number of UK locomotives. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timken_Roller_Bearing_Company). The locomotive in the video may be equipped with roller bearing which would make pulling the locomotive much easier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would make the perfect work truck for those who don't need a ginormous
      F series. But there is probably more profit in the F series now so that is what USA gets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep, no one in the US wants diesel power options. Just ask the folks at VW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1... Couldn't agree more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me too! After 30 years and 5 Ford trucks I'm swithing to GM's. Ford has totally screwed up their trucks. They're very hard to work on, the tranny's suck, and the mileage is terrible. HELLO 2012 SILVERADO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      cough* bronco cough*
      R Lennie
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford is not a customer driven Company, they produce trucks, promote them and stick the customer with the problems, dont support the customer at all, I am talking about the welded spark plugs in the 5.4 which break when you attempt to change them and the Power Stroke 6 liter which has a engr. issue with the EGR cooler and pugged oil coolers, also the Winstar rear axle breakage to name a few. Ford says, " Who Me " think about that from a Company that puts profits ahead of the customer and even life.
        usmc32yrs
        • 4 Years Ago
        @R Lennie
        what the hell are you talking about ,welded spark plugs ?
        R Lennie
        • 4 Years Ago
        @R Lennie
        The spark plugs are a multible piece design welded together, when you have to change the spark plugs they break off and leave the bottom half in the engine,

        Ford has created a major problem and will do nothing about it.

        The plugs will break and then peices will fall into your engine. Heads will have to be removed.

        Ford knows all about this, but will do nothing. Claims it is a service issue. Owners engine specs say change plugs at 100,000 miles.

        And what I mean when I say they dont care what happens to you down the road when you buy their products instead of helping you

      usmc32yrs
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reason it's not in US is cost, it's to close to the cost of F-150....With the new engines for F-150 gas mileage was about the same .....The only reason to buy a small truck is economy...
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