This day has been coming for a long time, the death of the U.S. Ford Ranger. Yesterday it was announced that the Ford Ranger will finally cease production on December 22, 2011--two years later than originally planned.
Ford had originally scheduled to shut down Ranger production back in 2009, but in the face of rising gas prices the fuel-efficient Ranger kept selling. With new safety regulations coming the current Ranger can no longer continue in its current form.
The rest of the world has just received a new Ranger, while we are told the U.S. market will not receive that vehicle. This overseas Ranger is larger than ours and is nearly the size of the current F-150 in some respects. Ford does not see a need to bring it to the U.S. currently.
The ranger has had a good run, 29-years to be exact, which is longer than this writer has been alive. Many people have some wild memories with these trucks. It is a sad day to see the nameplate fade away.
So today we ask you, will you miss the Ford Ranger? Tweet us your response and make sure to include the hashtag #RIPranger--and you'll join the chorus right here via CoverItLive.