That's All, Folks: Ford Ranger Ends Production After 28 Years

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The last Ford Ranger compact pickup truck was built today, ending the model’s 28-year production run. The very last Ranger, seen above, was a white Sport model built at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Ranger is the only Ford vehicle assembled at the Twin Cities factory, which employs 880 people.

The Ford Ranger was launched in 1983, and from 1987 to 2005 was the best-selling compact truck in the U.S. market. Recently, though, sales have dropped off; last year Ford sold just 55,364 Rangers, compared to the truck’s peak annual sales of 348,358 units in 1999. In total, just under seven million Ford Rangers were produced.

Although a new version of the Ranger has been announced for foreign markets, it won’t be sold in the U.S. -- Ford truck buyers will instead need to opt for the F-150.

The demise of the Ranger also spells the end of Ford’s Cologne V-6, an engine family that spans 49 years and 25 million units. The 2011 Ford Ranger had an optional 4.0-liter Cologne V-6 engine that was rated for 207 hp; the truck’s base engine was a 2.3-liter inline-four producing 143 hp.

Source: Ford

The Ranger will be forever a popular vehicle for small businesses and municipalities and for converting into a prerunner. With the right modifications, it could be a pretty cool truck, but it uses an obsolete drive train and other components that give it an antique on life support feel. They are doing the same with their full size van; it's also way past it's prime. I am sure Ford has more refined, better mpg, cleaner emission and better performing components and chassis's available. Noise, ride, handling, steering and braking, aerodynamics, safety structure, you name have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 25 years plus this truck has been around. It's time for a clean sheet of paper in a world program like the little transit van; it seems too obvious.
Michael B. Lynch
My personal opinion as a two Ranger owner a 1983 and a 1999 this is a huge mistake by Ford. I don't need a full size pickup so now I will be forced to seek out other auto makers small pick ups. Good going Ford!
In a prior posting you stated that the Ranger never acquired 4 doors. The reason being that Ford in all it's wisdom, gave the Exploder oops sorry, Explorer a short bed and thus was born the Sport Track. Thus there was no call for providing a 4 door Ranger.

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