Despite Ford’s plans to utilize global platforms (like the new Fiesta and next-gen Focus), the company seems to have no interest in bringing its Ka minicar or the next-gen global Ranger pickup to the U.S.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally had previously indicated both models were being considered for North America, but Ford product planners have deemed the Ka too small for American tastes.
“Our view is that the Fiesta is about the smallest vehicle we think will be a real success in the United States,” said Mulally.
The Ka was co-developed with Fiat, which uses the same platform for its 500. That car will arrive in America (via Chrysler showrooms) in 2011.
As for the Ranger, Ford has been looking for a replacement for the North American version, which is scheduled to fade into oblivion come 2011. At one time, the next-generation global Ranger was considered for our shores, but the idea has been canned for an unspecified reason. Unless Ford’s interested in reviving the midsize F100 pickup project, there may not be a direct replacement for the truck after 2011.
Still, we wonder if an EcoBoost F-150 -- due in 2011 -- may attract some former Ranger buyers looking for a fuel-efficient truck…
Source: Automotive News