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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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LeMons New England Day 1: No German Cars In Top 10, Sea Sprite Leading Class C

Oct 25 2014 9:42pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

We inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest 24 Hours of LeMons on Friday, and today we raced. We saw many bent fenders, many ventilated engine blocks, and more lead changes than we could follow during the course of the day. When the dust settled, though, we were able to sort out all the leaders and runners-up in the three LeMons classes. Here’s what we’ve got. This being the Halloween race, the cars festooned with giant witches-on-brooms ...
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Lappi wins to set up ERC title showdown in Corsica

Oct 25 2014 5:40pm CDT | Source: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile

Lappi wins to set up ERC title showdown in Corsica Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will battle for the FIA European Rally Championship on the final round in Corsica next month after the ŠKODA Motorsport aces finished first and third respectively on Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland today. ...
Source: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile   Full article at: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
 

 
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Auctions: Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys

Oct 25 2014 4:27pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Classics, Auctions, Specialty The financial difficulties facing Detroit, MI, are well known with examples including not having the funds to replace batteries in its parking meters and at least considering selling off its art collection. To make some extra money, the city is holding a public auction on November 5 where it's getting rid of what it is calling surplus vehicles. Usually, Autoblog wouldn't cover a municipal auction, but a few of the lots are so interestingly ...
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Ford decides C-Max shoppers not interested in fuel economy

Oct 25 2014 2:08pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Hybrid, MPG, Ford If you say a car - the Ford C-Max Hybrid, for example - is "fun to drive," can anyone really come up with some empirical evidence against your claim? What about calling it "versatile"? We wonder if Ford has been thinking along these lines when it talks about the green little hatch. Ford is refocusing its sales strategy for the C-Max Hybrid after the model took a sales hit on ...
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2015 Ford F150 Test Drive

Oct 25 2014 1:10pm CDT | Source: autoMedia.com

Here comes Ford with all-new aluminum-bodied F-150s, lighter by several hundred pounds than the 2014s they replace, with even better capabilities and substantially more available features. Famed Lotus race-car designer/builder Colin Chapman touted "adding lightness" (instead of more power) to make his cars lap faster, and that "enlightened" approach works equally well for pickup trucks. A lig ...
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Official: Chevy City Express headed for dealers

Oct 25 2014 12:15pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Chevrolet With competition coming from the Ford Transit Connect, it's high time Chevrolet got in on the compact hauling action and took the fight to its cross-town rival... and it's doing so with a little help from Nissan. The Chevy City Express, a badge-engineered Nissan NV200, is now arriving at dealers, giving Bowtie fans a counter to Dearborn's compact van. "Our existing customers w ...
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Ogier keeps command of the field

Oct 25 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Federation Internationale de l’Automobile

Ogier keeps command of the field Jari-Matti Latvala continues to push but team-mate Sebastien Ogier inches closer and closer to his second world title Sat 25.10.14, 7:07PM Reigning FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier has total control of the leaderboard after the second day of RallyRACC ...
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Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Oct 25 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Cars.com

1. 2015 Ford F-150 2. 2015 GMC Canyon 3. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4. 2015 Chevrolet Colorado 5. 2014 Nissan Tit ...
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SEMA Ford Mustangs, McLaren P1 GTR, Mercedes-AMG GLC63: This Week’s Top Photos

Oct 25 2014 3:30am CDT | Source: Motor Authority

McLaren released more details on its upcoming P1 GTR track car this week. Along with the extra info, we also got some new imagery of the 986-horsepower supercar, taken at the grand prix track in Bahrain. If you thought 986 horsepower was a lot, just wait until American startup Trion launches its Ne ...
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LeMons New England: Many Audis, Many Forgotten GM Cars, and the World’s Most Evil Vanagon

Oct 24 2014 9:20pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The 24 Hours of LeMons has returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest, and we’ve got some fascinating machinery among the 130 or so entries that rolled into the garage for our traditional Friday car inspections. Let’s take a look! First of all, the Mod Squad Vanagon made everyone stagger back in awe. The recipe: Take one third-gen Toyota MR2 that was wrapped around a shopping-mall light pole ...
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