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Ford Considers Truly Compact Pickup for the US Market

Ford Considers Truly Compact Pickup for the US Market

Feb 19 2013, 2:00pm CST | by

A new Ford small truck we need to be significantly different from the F-150

Ford offered a small pickup truck called the Ranger for a number of years and the vehicle was discontinued in 2011. The big reason the vehicle was discontinued was because sales had declined...

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Ford Considers Truly Compact Pickup for the US Market

Feb 19 2013, 2:00pm CST | by

A new Ford small truck we need to be significantly different from the F-150

Ford offered a small pickup truck called the Ranger for a number of years and the vehicle was discontinued in 2011. The big reason the vehicle was discontinued was because sales had declined significantly. Ford attributes much of that sales decline to the fact that there was so much overlap in price and capability with the larger F-150. Ford isn't opposed to coming back to the small truck segment though, but it would be with completely different animal.

Ford says that its current global platform Ranger still overlaps too much in capability and price with the existing F-150. Executives from the automaker say that they believe a small truck with a payload of 1000 pounds, 3000 pounds of towing capability, and a dramatic reduction in fuel consumption compared to full-size trucks would be successful.

Ford feels that the new truck wouldn't necessarily need traditional body-on-frame construction and immediately using a unibody design. Ford hasn't decided to actually make the vehicle yet and executives say that the company is currently working on a business plan.

 
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2014 United States Grand Prix - Friday Press Conference

Oct 31 2014 8:30pm CDT | Source: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile

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Source: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile   Full article at: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
 

 
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Oct 31 2014 6:43pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

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The Story of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Bad-Ass Who Made the Corvette an Icon

Oct 31 2014 3:00pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

Hard-core Corvette fans know Zora Arkus-Duntov and the contributions he bestowed over his two-plus decades at General Motors. Anticipating the arrival of the next-generation C8 Corvette adorned with a ZORA nameplate, we provide this celebration of the life and times of America’s answer to Enzo Ferrari and Ferdinand Porsche. Arkus-Duntov was born in 1909 to wealthy Russian parents studying in Brussels, Belgiu ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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2015 Mustang EcoBoost VS. Merkur XR4Ti

Oct 31 2014 2:45pm CDT | Source: Jalopnik

Being the owner of a Merkur XR4Ti and the son of another XR owner, we were both very excited when we heard Ford was reviving the 2.3 Turbo engine in the Mustang. The Mustang hasn't been powered by a 2.3 Turbo since the SVO which ended production in 1986 and featured the same engine that was slotted into a Sierra body to create the Merkur XR4Ti. The new EcoBoost Mustang is the clos ...
Source: Jalopnik   Full article at: Jalopnik
 

 
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Ford’s Expeditions for SEMA Are Just Silly (Except the One We Actually Like)

Oct 31 2014 1:50pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

We thought that tinted SUVs on oversize rims were as passé as the idea of showing music videos on MTV. But, wouldn’t you know it, DUB Magazine is still in print (“If it ain’t on some 24s then it ain’t my sh*t,” proclaims the latest cover story) and Ford still makes an SUV that looks like it did in 2007. Boom—perfect fit. Ford is bringing trio of tricked-out 2015 Expeditions to SEMA next week in Las Vegas, its first show of customized affection for the body-on-frame behem ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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On The Road: Determination trumps Sanity

Oct 31 2014 1:34pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Drop the gauntlet, and Harry Reding of Calgary is sure to take up the challenge. An off the cuff remark at a Dodge Brothers Club (DBC) meeting in 2012 had Reding and his wife, Debbie, driving their 1929 Dodge Brothers Model DA Roadster from Calgary to Brenham, Texas a year later. “In 2012 we’d trailered our DA to Detroit, and drove the car from there to Connecticut to take part in the DBC meet. We also drove on to Rhode Island,” says Reding. “That trip rekindled the flame about driving t ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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ETC: 2015 BMW i8 sets everyone's tongues wagging in Northern Michigan

Oct 31 2014 1:28pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Etc., Supercars, BMW, Electric Like few other cars we can remember, people want to talk about the 2015 BMW i8. Drive one, and you'll soon find out what we mean. They stop you at gas stations. They accost you in Walgreen's parking lots. They stream out of neighborhood bars, beers in hand. At least, that was our experience this week during Autoblog's Technology of the ...
Source: Autoblog   Full article at: Autoblog
 

 
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The 9 best vehicles for the Canadian zombie apocalypse

Oct 31 2014 12:13pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Speaking purely for myself, I’m really looking forward to the coming zombie apocalypse. Just think of it: no line ups at Starbucks, no more “Beliebers” on Twitter, a huge reduction in traffic, and if you see someone shuffling along slowly with a downcast gaze it’s perfectly socially acceptable to sneak up and smack them upside the head with a cricket bat. You can’t do that today to someone glued to their iPhone. ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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Extang 2015 Ford F-150 Team Effort

Oct 31 2014 12:10pm CDT | Source: Truck Trend

Community College, Multiple Vendors InvolvedYou may have heard the term “many hands make a burden light,” but even with the help of multiple partners, we’d hardly describe the task of building a SEMA project vehicle as easy. Thanks to the creativity and hard work of some area community college students, Extang built a functional 2015 Ford F-150 project for the 2014 SEMA show. a Photo Gallery: Extang 20 ...
Source: Truck Trend   Full article at: Truck Trend
 

 
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How You'd Option Your Troller T4, Possibly The Most Capable 4x4 For Sale

Oct 31 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Jalopnik

The Brazilian-made Ford-owned Troller T4 flaunts a dated look and basic appointments; but who cares about adaptive cruise control when you've got a 51º of approach angle? Take a pass at Troller's "Build Your Own" and show us how you ...
Source: Jalopnik   Full article at: Jalopnik
 

 

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