Believe it or not, the full-size pickup trucks that dominate the North American market don't find much favor in other corners of the globe. Elsewhere, powerful mid-sized trucks rule the work site, and the judges behind the 2013 International Pick-Up Award are cognizant of that. They awarded the 2013 Ford Ranger the honor with a unanimous vote. The truck earned praise for its on-road manners and off-road prowess, as well as its towing and payload capacities.

Judges evaluated entries at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, and the Ranger managed to take home more points than the next two finishers combined. The Isuzu D-Max took the silver, leaving bronze to the Volkswagen Amarok. So far this year, Ford has won three international awards, including Van of the Year for its Transit Custom and Engine of the Year for the 1.0-liter Ecoboost. Check the full press release below for more information.
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NEW FORD RANGER WINS 'INTERNATIONAL PICK-UP AWARD 2013' UNANIMOUSLY

New Ford Ranger wins "International Pick-Up Award 2013." Judges praise on- and off-road prowess, strong engine line-up, payload and towing capability, and safety

All members of the judging panel select the new Ranger as their number one choice

"International Pick-Up Award 2013" follows "International Van of the Year 2013" for the new Transit Custom and 2012 "International Engine of the Year" for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine


Brentwood, Essex, November 7, 2012 – The new Ford Ranger has won the "International Pick-Up Award 2013" making it the third international award Ford has won this year.

Every member of the judging panel ranked the new Ranger as their number one choice; praising its performance on- and off-road, strong engine line-up, payload and towing capability, and safety.

The new Ford Ranger won the "International Pick-Up Award 2013" award following extensive testing at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England, after which it was awarded 47 points – more than the combined number of points garnered by the second- and third-placed Isuzu D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok. The award was presented to Ford by jury chairman Pieter Wieman at the Fleet Transport EXPO 12 event, in Dublin.

"The Ford Ranger is a great all-rounder, combining the perfect blend of on-road comfort and stability with off-road capability," said Jarlath Sweeney, the Irish judge on the panel of CV journalists that also serves on the "International Van of the Year" jury.

The new Ford Ranger is offered in three versatile cab bodystyles – Double, Super and Regular – that are among the roomiest in its class; comes with a choice of two powerful and economical Duratorq TDCi engines, and with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains.

"The Ranger is great for work and great for leisure, and customers will appreciate the difference as soon as they get behind the wheel," said Paul Randle, vehicle line director, Global Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. "This prestigious award is testament to the work of our global product teams and there is plenty more to look forward to with the launch of the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect in 2013."

Totally new from the ground up; the new Ranger now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability; along with innovative new comfort and driver assistance features; and is the first such vehicle ever to achieve a Five Star Euro NCAP rating.

This year, Ford has won other international awards including the "International Van of the Year 2013" for the all-new Transit Custom; and the company's 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was named the 2012 "International Engine of the Year".

Notes to editors

Since going on sale in 2010, Ford has sold over 7,000 Ford Rangers in the UK


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      Sir Shagsalot
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it so strange that I would love to have this truck, but Ford must know something about me that I don't because they wont let me buy it.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay, the American truck that Americans can't buy. Saw these in person overseas. Very nice-looking truck. Ford, not everyone in America wants a bloated F150.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        Not that much smaller.
          waetherman
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robert Ryan
          Ford always claims the new Ranger is "90% the size of the F-150" and in most dimensions the percentage difference is quite small. But taken as a whole, volumetrically speaking, the new Ranger is about 77% the size of the F-150. That's quite a big difference. The length difference is the biggest, at more than 20". If you live on a farm or use your pickup for construction, the size difference is probably an advantage for the F-150. But for people who use their pickups more recreationally, the new Ranger is a much better size.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        The F150 is no real off roader. It's like you have to get the Raptor to off road, but it's too expensive and rather too big for tight trails. It's more of a pre-runner in a desert than a dense woods/jungle trail off roader. This new Ranger is smaller, more nimble, and is winning awards overseas for its off road capabilities. The off roading scene in the US is dominated by either Jeep Wranglers or Toyota SUVs/pick ups. The old Ranger used to give them some competition back in the day. A diesel engine in a Ranger would be a strong reason to get one over a Jeep or Toyota.
      Jason Manternach
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought a new Frontier. I wanted to buy a Ford, but the F150 was too big for my garage. If this existed over here it would be in my garage right now.
      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford, this truck would be every high school guy's dream, especially with a manual transmission. Hell, I'm an adult, and I want one. PLEASE!
        MrWhopee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AnalogJesse
        Yes, being a world car, they're available with manual transmissions, and a diesel engine! Too bad they're not available in the States. It's available in Indonesia, as the Ranger is one of their best selling model.
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would we not be well served with such a truck here in the states? The Fiesta, and Focus, were successfully brought over, and have become hits, why doesn't Ford see the same potential for this truck. As far as I can tell, there is a market for this kind of truck here.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish they could make a Ranger like their "old" Rangers... small, efficient 4 cylinders. Why do manufacturers have to make the trucks get larger every year? Find me an 80's Ranger... small Ranger... mini truck... now, there are no mini-trucks... only in between,,, near.ly full size. Bring back the smnall, really small, and cheap, trucks. I just want a cheap truck, no fancy interior, no fender flares, something like the old Ranger, or the old Nissan pickups, or Toyota pickups... where did the manufacturers think we needed bigger and more expensive? Or, give us a choice, small and cheap, AND/OR big and fancy. Bet they would sell a ton of the old style little trucks. Not just here, but in many foreign countries.
      Tee Flick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live here on the island of Samui, Thailand. I see the truck everyday and i have to say this truck is beautiful.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tee Flick
        I also first saw the new Ranger in Bangkok, Thailand while on vacation. Also saw a lot of diesel Isuzu and Mitsubishi pick-up trucks not found in the US.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still think there is a market for an F100 pickup, say 2-3 feet shorter than the F150 etc. I see so many old Rangers and older small pickups that people refuse to get rid of because there are no real replacements. Even the Tacoma is huge compared with the small pickups of the eighties.
        adrenalnjunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I'm driving a 1990 model 2wd Ranger extended cab, 2.9cyl, 5speed manual. Engine is way out of tune and still gets almost 21mpg city. It has no frills, and for the purpose of a small utility vehicle that I can load stuff into, it can't be beat.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        This is a lot bigger than the proposed F100. About the same size as a 2004 F150
          JT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robert Ryan
          Compared to a 2004 F150, it's 6 inches narrower, 7 inches shorter. If losing roughly 13 square feet of footprint is about the same size, then...... 04 versus 12, the 12 is 3 inches longer, 2" taller, and less than a half inch wider. The older F150's aren't as 'small' as you think. Sure they look larger and feel larger due to squared off angles (and gain some interior space due to that), but full size pickups didn't just become behemoths.
        Justin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        My Ranger is one of those you describe :)
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford should offer a regular cab, short bed, 4 cylinder only ranger. (with direct injection and variable valve timing, of course) Automatic transmission optional. Four wheel drive optional. If you want something with more space or more grunt, get an F150.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        In other parts of the world, there is enough profit margin in small pickups to justify multiple cab layout options and engine options, but not in the USA. Keep it simple.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slap the F100 badge on it and bring on over Ford!
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't help but think how much better this would look if they reduced size of the non-red portions of the taillights and removed that goofy bed bars.
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        *those goofy bed bars. (I guess they're popular in asia and south america, but they always look so juvenile to me.)
      Colin Byrnes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs to come to the U.S.
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