Originally Posted by Greg Janke
Ranger's a great truck and excellent TV. Like it? Buy it!
I just came back from my local Ford dealer. The salesman said they quit making the Ranger...No demand, couldn't sell'em, But we have a 5 year old 2wd Sport on the lot if you want to see it....only $16000
So I made a phone call and did a little research. Turns out the Ranger was not
canceled for lack of sales. It was forced off the market by the new CAFE
standards which started this year.
Oh,It's not that 29MPG is not respectable for a truck, it is. The problem is
that the Ranger is not expensive enough to justify the federal fines which are
threshholded now at 35MPG. It is hardly possible to make a truck get 40MPG
highway which is what it would take to make 35MPG average.
Many if not most Rangers are bought as fleet vehicles and often as low
priced handy second cars for families everywhere. Ford hopes that it can avoid
some of the federal penalties by selling more of the smaller,and more expensive
vehicles for that market and pushing the rest into Fullsized trucks.
The fullsized trucks have huge profit margins and can carry their weight
This all adds up to mixed news for fiberglass trailer owners.
The larger trailers will benefit from the increased sales of oversized trucks,
while the smaller ones will suffer from the elimination of smaller affordable
vehicles with adequate tow capacity.
This also explains the loss of most other small trucks from soon to be former
full line auto companies.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the last Ranger off the line went to one of it's
largest customers...ORKIN corp.
Customers like Orkin, Com Ed, NI Gas, and Municipalities will now have to pay more at fleet
time....HHMMM.. wonder who will have to bear the cost.