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Old 09-15-2009, 10:04 AM
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this is from autumn rose on articlemonkey.com..

Hey guys I just joined.. I read this article today.. IS IT TRUE??? WHEN DO WE KNOW FOR SURE???

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The Ford Ranger president has an important decision to make. Will Ford keep producing compact pickup trucks? Due to the Way Forward North America restructuring plan, The Twin Cities Plant in Minnesota will be shutting down in 2010. Is it worth it to design a new Ranger and build it at another manufacturing plant?

Ford could take advantage of the second largest pickup plant behind the states, which is an affiliate of the automaker and located in Thailand. That would be the wrong move strictly because of the high tariffs on exports, there would be virtually no profit to gain. Thailand and the US unfortunately share no free trade agreement at the moment.

Ultimately, Ford might have to discontinue the Ranger all together. It would not be surprising if they did. Looking at the numbers, the popularity in the Ranger is at a downfall in the US and has been since 2006. Whatever they decide to do, which is not certain until next year, will not impact the Ranger in Europe or Asia however. The 2007 Ranger Pickup was showed in 2006 in Paris. It was developed with the assistance of Mazda Motor Corporation and engineered in Japan. It was built “Ford Tough” in Thailand on a separate platform. The only similarity with the North American model is its name.

Long live the Ranger!
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:38 AM
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We have talked about this in a few other threads. Tough to say what they're going to do......
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:14 PM
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I don't care. I've got mine.

It's a machine & will last as long as you keep replacing parts.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:39 PM
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I don't care. I've got mine.

It's a machine & will last as long as you keep replacing parts.
Yeah there are so many on the road that even after they quit making them, they'll still be readily available for years.
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:05 PM
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I am looking forward to the return of the Fiesta!
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:40 PM
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fiesta should be a great move for ford
it looks great and is going to be amazing on gas
but i cant see ford discontinuing the best selling compact truck and maybe even the best selling compact truck of all-time
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:46 PM
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I agree.

The Ranger just needs updated.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:09 AM
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Default Agreed.

I think they should do what Nissan did with the Frontier..
They should just build the 2010 Ranger off a downsized version of the F-150.

Ford F-150 parts would be easy to replace and plus.. some people don't want the big 150, it sucks a lil more gas..

They just need to think about it more!

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:45 AM
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I just hope they don't go a similar route like they took with the Explorer. I'm sure there's a lot of old dudes in suits who are looking only at the statistics, and feel that the percentage of people who wheel a Ranger or even use it for truck purposes is small. If it's not a dedicated truck frame, leaf sprung solid rear axle and body-on-frame, I'll be pissed. Hopefully they won't resort to such foolishness.
I think a smaller version of the F-150 that can share components would be perfect.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:51 AM
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ford was going to discontinue making the ranger...untill gas hit 4 dollars a gallon and people wanted a reliable truck for hauling that didn't suck gas so they decided to continue the line. even now, with gas costing less, sales of the ranger are still climbing....so no, in my opinion they are not going to discontinue the ranger any time soon.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:49 AM
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I just hope they don't go a similar route like they took with the Explorer. I'm sure there's a lot of old dudes in suits who are looking only at the statistics, and feel that the percentage of people who wheel a Ranger or even use it for truck purposes is small. If it's not a dedicated truck frame, leaf sprung solid rear axle and body-on-frame, I'll be pissed. Hopefully they won't resort to such foolishness.
I think a smaller version of the F-150 that can share components would be perfect.
Word.

It's so true about old people in suits looking at paper all day. Do any of them even drive a Ford truck? I'm thinking not. They wouldn't know what people prefer unless it bit em in the ass.
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