Ford Ranger Dumped yet?

Just wondering if the rumors finally came true that ford is dumping the ranger?
Discontinuing the 3.0L was the best idea yet. Why waste money on having
3 engines in the truck? No fuel economy gains using a 3.0 vs a 4.0.
They should have never had a sportrac, and kept the explorer the same look as the ranger, and had a 4 door ranger model.
Decisions ford makes are just beyond me.
On the brighter side, the F100 looks much more promising. If they can ram in a small diesel from Land Rover, or even the 4.6L in this, it would make a very appealing truck!
Likely Ford will somehow put a crappy engine in the mix, or a transmission plagued with troubles like they did in the rangers.
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No, it's still in production. There are spy shots on the web of the 2010 US version. No announcement from Ford either way.
Derek
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Derek Gee wrote:

http://www.autoblog.com/tag/Ranger /
There is my exact point.
Why would ford need the sporttrac when they already have a ranger with 4 doors right in front of them. all the R&D money must be rolling in from the canadian and american gov't to fund rolling an excessive number of vehicles off the lines.
An interior and exterior far superior to what they are working with now... I mean really, the 1993 body style really should go...
Not to mention:
"Ten colors will be available including five new hues Copper Red, Desert Bronze, Highland Green, Lagoon Blue and Wining Blue with power provided by either a 2.5- or 3.0-liter Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel. Either oilburner will be available in either 4x2 or 4x4 configurations and mated to a choice of a five-speed automatic or manual gearboxes, and both engines are able to tow 6,600 pounds, with the 2.5-liter unit putting out 145 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.0-liter mill delivering 156 hp and 180 280 lb-ft of torque"
A 3.0L diesel with nearly the horsepower and more torque.
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two completly different vehicles. the "euro ranger" is a vehicle produced for the european market, not the north american market.
the ranger pickup is the north american market vehicle.

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Tom wrote:

By the looks of it, the euro ranger would fit the NA market better than the dinosaur they are using now.
Just seems it would better fit the market, especially in the current economic condition.
Spottrac Explorer Ranger Edge / Escape / Taurus X ????
I could cut the sporttrac, and one of the Edge, Escape, Taurus X, make a 4 door ranger and still offer nothing less than they do today.
Oh, and how bout my favorite... the flex... who;s buying those? This will be shelved and not bought just like the Honda Element.
Any initial numbers out on the Flex yet?
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but it will not pass the strict polution regulations we have here hence the the fact is is only available in the european market, and is name euro ranger

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Ford does actually buld a full four door version of the US type Ranger, they just don't sell it in the US. It is available in Mexico. I've actually riden in one in Mexico. See http://www.ford.com.mx/vehicles/homevehicle.asp?idModel=RAN and http://www.ford.com.mx/vehicles/gallery/gallery.asp?idModel=RAN&section=VR .
Ed
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C. E. White wrote:

Nice truck. Not for me, but it makes sense. which begs the question, why not in NA? Why stick the sport trac in there?? They don't drop the F150 and make some other rimrack car like they are doing with all their midsize and small cars.
Then they talk about dropping the crown vic from production... since what.. 2002? Well boys, you better keep the F150 and the vic around... they're the only stable mainstay you got goin for ya. Too bad when gas prices go back up, but at least they are stable. I don't know the finances of the fleet purchases... but there must be a certain security to it...
Why did the explorer ever deviate from the ranger style anyway? Why the waste of money in developing a second line.
Now talks of bringing back the Bronco... sure it might look cool, and might be a good truck, but theres just too many models... Is 2010 really the right time to bring it back?? I am not sure.... maybe wait 5-10 more years until things stabilize.... or it will most certainly flop. Ford needs to get focused and lean to make it through the next 10 years... the economic turn around isn't going to happen over night and more and more models canning old ones bringing out another barrage of new ones isn't going to help. this slowdown is real... and people aren't going to be fooled by a ranger with new fog lights in the bumper, nor will they be fooled by dredging up the plagued Taurus nameplate and sticking an X after it.
Look, I like the jap crap as much as ford, but the difference is -- they have a vision of the future, and a plan to get themselves there. You just don't see Honda and Toyota picking up and dropping vehicle lines like they're changing wives. They are focused on improvement, and focused on the customer. Ford somehow has lost this in their chip foose renditions and revamps stepping on the toes of their current customers and reaching for others. Ford is going through badges, names, face lifts and overhauls like a 16 year old in a Mexican brothel.
You get a ford, theres a good frigging chance that in 4 years when your lease is up the model you have has been discontinued only to find 2 more have taken its place.
I dunno boys... I got 2 fords in my driveway, a honda, and another ford antique in storage... next buy my 3/1 might got to a 50/50 split to another mfg.
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