American Ranger pickups

Return of the Ford Ranger: First production pickups roll off the line next week

The Blue Oval is ready to launch its new midsize truck

October 22, 2018
By this time next Monday, the first of the new North American Ranger pickups will have rolled out of Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan. The new truck, which will be built at Michigan Assembly, marks the return of the Ranger to the U.S. market after a seven-year hiatus.
Ford made the decision to leave the midsize pickup segment as sales began to wane for its truck and consumer demand shifted to smaller cars. However, record truck and SUV sales, as well as market re-entries by competitors like GM with the Chevrolet Colorado, convinced Ford that it was time to revive the Ranger as well as the long-awaited Bronco replacement. The Bronco, which will also be built at Michigan Assembly, will make its debut in 2020.
Before being retooled for Ranger production, Michigan Assembly was the home of the Focus and C-Max. The plant originally opened in 1957 as a station wagon plant, but it later shifted to trucks in 1964 and was subsequently renamed the Michigan Truck Plant before being re-renamed as Michigan Assembly. The plant churned out Broncos from 1966-1996, as well as Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators and small cars like the 1991-1996 Ford Escort. It was the first plant to ever produce gas, hybrid and full-electric vehicles.
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I would never buy a new vehicle or even a fairly new vehicle and destroy it by driving 100+ miles a day. Buy a USED vehicle for that…the cheaper the better. Your nice vehicle should be the family ride. The secret to business success is simple: keep as much money as you can.

Yep been there done that . never a new vehicle for me .

If you want to know what it feels like to drive a new vehicle, roll down the window and throw out a 100 dollar bill each and every week. :smiley:

The Ford Ranger was my favorite truck but I had to go bigger when I got my sailboat (3000 lbs). I now have a used but clean F150 and it gets on average 4 miles per gallon better than my Ranger ever did. Even better on the highway.

I have had new trucks, all the American made ones as well as a smaller Nissan which I liked although it was a noisy truck. With vehicles going 200,000 miles easy buying a low miles used truck is smart. Even though I bought 4 new trucks in my life I don’t feel anything but relief at not losing 10% pulling out of the dealer on day one and another 10% after one year.