Ford May Grant Ranger a Two-Year Reprieve
Sajeev can breathe a sigh of relief. The Detroit News reports that the Blue Oval Boyz are considering offering the Ranger demi-pickup for two more years. Originally slated for the scrapheap in 2009, along with the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, the new plan puts a hold on the factory closure and extends production of the market's most fuel-efficient compact truck to 2011. That's when the "global" Ranger model hits the streets. Of course, Ford will neither confirm nor deny the reports. Spokesman Said Deep: "We do not discuss future product plans for
fear we'll have to change our minds again competitive reasons." FoMoCo will build the global Ranger outside of the U.S. South Africa gets the nod, exempt as it is from the "c hicken tax" on imported pickups. Now if they'd just start marketing the Ranger (when was the last time you saw a commercial for one?), they might just have a hit truck on their hands. You know; relatively speaking.