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Old 04-03-2012, 09:37 AM
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Default New Ford Ranger via Central America/Carribean

I was in Panama for the past several weeks fishing and vacationing and Ford had their Central American and Carribean representatives at the Bristol resort to introduce the new Ranger. They had several models which included gas, diesel, four door, two door, 2WD, 4x4, short and long bed models.

They even had a Toyata Hilux and Nissan to compare. I didn't look to closely at them, but judging by the large number of Hiluxes on the Panama roadway...they are going to need to sell a bunch to gain any market share from Toyota.
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Is it comming to the states? We need some fishing pictures.
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Give me an oil burner 4 door 4x4. Why would F not sell this in the US?
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I am a retired Ford engineering guy and perplexed as everyone else. The new Ranger is sold in 80 countries, made in Thailand, S. Africa, and somewhere in S. America, and not being brought here.
Ford has excellent small diesels in play around the world but here.....
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Why don't the other manufactures sell their diesels here. hell I even saw a new VW diesel truck similar in size to the Ranger in Panama
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Isn't that funny, we still only have the old looking one
http://www.ford.com/trucks/ranger/
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I am a retired Ford engineering guy and perplexed as everyone else. The new Ranger is sold in 80 countries, made in Thailand, S. Africa, and somewhere in S. America, and not being brought here.
Ford has excellent small diesels in play around the world but here.....
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I would buy a compact 4x4 diesel in a second. WTF marketing people????
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It's not marketing or demand that's killing the diesels in America, it the price and EPA mandates. A new full sized truck with a diesel will carry a premium of about $8,000 and I'd bet one of these Rangers with a diesel that met the USEPA rules would be at least a $5-6000 premium.
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I would buy a small diesel ranger in a heartbeat.
What's the tow rating on them?
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Isn't that funny, we still only have the old looking one
http://www.ford.com/trucks/ranger/
Production has ceased of these. For those that want one, what you see on the dealer's lot is it.
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It's probably the draconian emissions standards the EPA has contrived for diesels run in the US. Just look at all the junk that is getting hung on the full size trucks in order to meet the toughest standards in the world. EGR valves and cooler, DPF, DEF etc etc.

The other issue is that Ford does not want to mess up their F-150 sales. The bigger Ranger sold everywhere but here would probably detract from what is probably one of the most profitable vehicles Ford sells.
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The other issue is that Ford does not want to mess up their F-150 sales. The bigger Ranger sold everywhere but here would probably detract from what is probably one of the most profitable vehicles Ford sells.
Yea, you are right, but, look at what Audi and VW did, that little Ranger with 40+ mpg diesel would roast the toyota hybrid sales..

I would by that!!!!
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I dont think its all EPA. Mercedes,BMW and VW as well as all 3 US trucks have managed to clear that hurdle.

I used to see 4 door compact pickups when traveling and all we had were 2 doors. I asked a Toyota rep at the LA car show and they didnt think they would sell here. Now I see more 4 door Tacomas than extended cabs. I would LOVE a 4 Tacoma with a small diesel and a 5-6k tow rating.
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Who knows.......Maybe they will bring out here later.

After seeing the pictures above, I know without doubt that my son and I saw one of these on the road last fall here in Michigan. We were downstate off the "beaten path on North Territorial road west of Ann Arbor and this truck came around the corner while we were sitting at a stop sign. It was white like the one in the picture with cheapo steel wheels and all striped up with black tape. The whole grill and front of the truck were blacked out and there were no emblems of any kind on it. The body style was identical.
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Hi there.. I have one over here in Scotland its the 3lt tows 3tonn easy heres the web site with all the details.. http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Ranger?ca...-ranger-phrase

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The new Chevy Trailblazer looks like a nice vehicle too

http://content.usatoday.com/communit...n-sale-today/1

once again, it won't be sold here. Pretty sad.....kind of like the demise of GM's 4.5L Duramax that they already developed for their trucks. On the plus side, they're bringing a diesel version of the Cruze to the US (hopefully more to come!)


My only problem with this Ford is that it's pretty fugly from the side, IMO (wayyy too tall beltline/bed)
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I don't understand why the US Government is so anti diesel. I'm on my 2nd VW Diesel (2009 Jetta Sportwagon now a 2012 Passett TDI SEL also 7.3 Powerstoke Excursion) and get 50 mpg under 65 mph. Green cars with low emissions, no noise and no smoke. The push for electric vehicle is crazy when you plug them in they are, in many parts of the country, COAL POWERED......
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The new ranger looks nice. The problem is that in the USA to have a compact truck you have to give up some enemities such as, storage/towing/payload/interior room. Well full size trucks cost the same as Mid sized (hardly compact now a days) 4x4 Toyo Tacoma with TRD offroad is 37,000...F150 4x4 35,000...the market goes with the truck that they don't have to compromise at.

However the Trail blazer is the best looking one I have seen yet. So is the ranger. here is the ranger australia link

http://www.ford.com.au/commercial/new-ranger
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and on top of that...the last time USA made a "small" diesel in a truck was 19________...
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