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Ford Ends Ranger Production After 28 Years, Nearly 7 Million Units

Production of Ford Ranger Ends After 28 Years

Jake Holmes
Dec 19, 2011
Ford built the very last Ranger compact pickup truck on Friday December 16 -- ending the model's 28-year production run. The final Ranger was a white Sport model (pictured here) built at Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Twin Cities factory, which employs 880 people, only builds the Ranger.
Photo 2/4   |   Final Ford Ranger Front Three Quarter 623x389
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.
Photo 3/4   |   1996 Ford Ranger XLT Super Cab Front Three Quarter
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.
Photo 4/4   |   1996 Ford Ranger XLT Front Three Quarter
Source: Ford

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