Add another reason to lament the fact that the all-new Ford Ranger will not be sold in the United States: It's safe.

Ford says that en route to earning the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, the 2012 Ranger earned the best score ever awarded to a pickup truck and the best Euro NCAP rating of any vehicle ever tested for pedestrian protection. Ford will be equipping European Rangers with standard side curtain airbags, side thorax airbags and knee airbags, in addition to its front airbags.

The safety scores for the new model are a big win for Ford. Its 2011 Ranger pickup sold here in the U.S. took a big hit when subjected to revised safety tests implemented this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both 2011 Ranger models tested received only two-star overall ratings from NHTSA. Domestic Ford Ranger production is scheduled to end in December, with no scheduled replacement.

Watch the entire crash test video after the jump.


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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Slap a F100 badge on it and bring it to America. We don`t need the Ranger. We need the truck. It will then count as an F series truck. GM is getting a new small truck. Ford bring it!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      gearhead18
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it an F100, make it an F50, i don't care. Bring it over. GM is bringing the Colorado so Ford time for you to step up. Just make Ranger a trim level is you do make it an F-series, some of us will miss that truck.
      jutman1776
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think this is the best looking ford truck if they brought it over along with that wildtrack package i'd be game.
      JohnLuvs
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got to drive the Toyota ForeTuner (Toyota Hilux SUV for the newbs) in Guatemala and I love the vehicle and diesel it had. I'm a Ford guy so this would definitely be a plus next to my F-150 and F-250. However as I think about it Ford has already released it globally making it a competitor around the world before the similar bodied chevrolet comes out. Profitability and a threat to F series sales are the most likely reasons its not coming yet, and who wouldn't protect their cash cow?
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha fu¬Ęking Ford.... All their best cars and trucks don't make it to the US... Idiots who support the brand deserve their MyFordTouch.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        wheezymofo
        • 3 Years Ago
        It does look very safe. With a bed that small, only about 6 illegals would be smeared all over the I-5 if it did a roll over.
          jerrymd650
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wheezymofo
          The bed only holds 6 illegals? thats not even enough to get a 15 year old mexican girl and all of her children to her quincenera.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ah, like China with its cars, brilliant! If only they could build the F-150 the same way.
        Tyler
        • 3 Years Ago
        In michigan I see more chevy trucks that have the same lift and tires, driven by rednecks that think the rebel flag is the coolest thing ever (have it anywhere it will fit)...remember...MICHIGAN....But gotta represent that southern pride!
      Steve Bresland
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another example of Aussie engineering.
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Name it the F150 Ranger and let it add to sales. Hell, the Raptor sales are counted as an F150 and its bigger than a regular F150. Just because its smaller doesn't mean a thing!
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy
        ^ Dumbest post... ever.
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy
        How is that dumb? If the Ranger isn't brought to the USA because it will take away from F150 sales which will take the title of best selling vehicle away from the F150, then call it an F150 Ranger to keep the sales with the nameplate. The Raptor is a perfect example of that! The Raptor is bigger and is NOT the same truck as a regular F150 by any stretch. So by using the same approach and having F150 F150 Raptor F150 Extend Cab F150 Ranger Then everyone wins and the F150 solidifies it's sales figures. That was far from stupid! It was highly genius!
        ms
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy
        To be honest: The LWB Ranger is bigger than the shortest F-150. Since more engineering went to it, the Ranger would be more expensive. Currently the US seem to be the market were cars are cheapest. Call it "price sensitive". In this market it is really difficult to sell a car that is supposedly smaller, but more expensive.
      pantospatacos
      • 3 Years Ago
      BRING IT TO THE US WITH THE DIESEL!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      grimgrinning999
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too effing big! What happened to the small pickup?
        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grimgrinning999
        But look at the market that this vehicle is serving. There is not F-150, there is no Super Duty. The only alternative (at least in the Oz market) is the Falcon Ute.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grimgrinning999
        the small pickup is dead
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