After nearly 30 years, it's finally time for the sun to set on the Ford Ranger. The folks at PickupTrucks.com report that the latest United Auto Workers 879 newsletter states that the Ranger will stop production on December 22, 2011. UAW 879 covers factory workers at Ford's Twin Cities assembly plant in Minnesota where the Ranger is built.

As of this writing, Ford has no plans to offer a replacement for the Ranger here in the United States. However, the automaker just released a larger, brand-new Ranger that will be available in other markets later this year. In the United States, Ford hopes that prospective Ranger customers will look to the entry-level Ford F-150 with its 3.7-liter V6 for pickup truck needs.

In speaking to Autoblog last year, Ford says that its research shows that the vast majority of Ranger customers don't even buy the vehicle because it's a pickup. Instead, these Rangers are sold because customers are looking for the least-expensive, most economical Ford vehicle available. Ford hopes that the Fiesta will fill this void for most people, as well as the Transit Connect, for those who need hauling capability.


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      slap
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Ranger that Ford is only selling outside the US is larger than the current Ranger, making it somewhat closer to the F150. However, with rising gas prices and fuel economy standards Ford needs to come out with a slightly smaller, more fuel efficient pickup than the current Ranger.
      xxxZOMBIExxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Ford, The Ranger Sold Like Crap the last few years because you basically have done nothing but cosmetic updates since 1993.... Maybe you should try updating a product before killing it...or did you not learn form the Taurus?
      scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is sad for me. I have many fond memories of sitting in the jump seats of an early 90's Ranger. The Ranger is a legend. It's never been the absolute best at anything, but it's sure as heck a soldier. They will take a beating and keep on running, I still see many first generation Rangers on the road today. Such a shame that Ford didn't see any reason to continue on with it, instead letting it languish for many years and then wondering why it isn't selling. The new *global* Ranger should have been much closer in size to the current North American one. A true compact truck. Hopefully someday Ford can risk losing a a few sales of the F-150 and offer us a real compact truck again. RIP Ranger.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is depressing that Ford neglected this market for so many years.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like those wheels, but they look like a pain to clean. The 2011 Ranger base MSRP is $18,160, and the mileage ratings are 22/27, while the F-150's MSRP is $22,790, and ratings are 17/23. Not exactly equivalent.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        I got a brand new Ranger XLT in 08 for $11,500 right off the lot (no trade in). I didn't even look at F-150s because I have zero interest in a fullsize. I doubt I am the only one that would prefer a redesigned Ranger (do not read as 'bigger') than a F-150 or a Fiesta for a truck replacement (really!?!?).
          A_Guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          @junkyard: Well, the new Fiesta is definitely the cheapest on the lot now. However, I can't put my ATV in the back of it, pull my jetski (well maybe I could), haul off an old hot tub (hey...I did it once) or any other large furniture/items I find on Craigslist for cheap. I'm not too keen on dumping a half yard of mulch in a Fiesta either, it was already a mess in my truck bed (got under the bed protector!) We already used to have a Focus ZX3 as a second car, but it hardly was used so we sold it. We also bought it new and it was almost already just as cheap anyways. But we use the Ranger for EVERYTHING, not just cause it's cheap or is a good commuter. I can't say that about a Fiesta, as much as I like them as a run-about.
          junkyard9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          I grew up in a place where pickups were used almost exclusively by people that had the name of their business on the side, but I did know one guy with a Ranger. He bought it because it was the cheapest vehicle on the Ford lot. Anecdotal, but Ford seems to be saying most Ranger buyers are just like him.
      tomtom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just sad! I love my 94 Ranger 4x4. It built my entire house or rather hauled all the materials. Although I would rather rebuild my 94 than buy a newer one since mine is a non-airbag model which is a big plus in the country.
      Jeff Is Mr Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's too bad that the Ranger is disappearing, considering how simple and reliable it was...if not spectacular in performance. That said, I think the two things that helped kill it off, besides the base F-150 appeal, is the introduction of the Transit (which is a much better vehicle for corporate buyers w/delivery needs) and the Ranger's abysmal safety rating. That said, you were a good little truck, Ranger! Here's to hoping you come back in better form some day.
      TsarBomba
      • 3 Years Ago
      There continues to be less options in the small truck market. My family has always bought small trucks for their practicality, usefulness, and agility. We've had many rangers in the family and they have been wonderful and absolutely reliable. The f150 is a great truck, but perhaps it is just a little too much truck for day to day use (for some of us who don't do too much heavy hauling and towing). Smaller trucks are easy to get around town, fit through tight places when you are off-road, and feel a little more maneuverable. They really are ideal for all sorts of light hauling scenarios. It is strange that research hasn't found a constituency who want a small pragmatic truck solution.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a little shocked at the comment about the buyers "switching to the Fiesta," but then I remembered that I actually know two people who bought Rangers because they wanted a new Ford. They didn't care what it was, they just wanted to stick to the Ford family. One got rid of an old Mustang and the other got rid of an absolutely ancient Taurus. It sounds strange, but there are people who will buy something simple because it's the cheapest thing that fits their needs. In this case: what's the cheapest new Ford I can buy? I am a little shocked at this decision though. There has to be a market for a small truck in North America. Here in Canada, people have been importing Japanese Kei trucks lately to use for business applications or because they want a stylish little vehicle.
      GoFaster58
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas Ranger fans! Ford is dumb and making a mistake with this move. No Mr. Ford, I do not want a Fiesta, Focus or Transit. I sure don't want a F150 I don't care how you configure it. I want a new Ranger! Since you refuse to continue to build the Ranger it looks like I'll be trading my 2000 Ranger for one of the new Chevrolet Colorado's or a Nissan Frontier. Do ya hear me Mr. Ford?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very unfortunate.. i think this is a big mistake.
      mufpixtintrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a shame that Ford is closing out the Ranger. It's a gamble that Ford is willing to take, and we'll see if it pays off. I am in the market for a new pickup. I was delighted to see the new Ranger, with the Duratorq option. Of course, that dream was dashed for the obvious reason that most people here know. Now I'm seeing the Titan being tested with a 4-cylinder Cummins. Granted, it's a full-size pickup but I love the idea of that engine. I hope Dodge will look at implementing that in the Ram. Overall, farewell Ranger!
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