Skip to comments.CAFE Spells RIP for Trucks: Ford Ranger the first casualty.
Posted on 12/13/2011 5:57:25 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
The government's pending (2016) 35.5 MPG CAFE fuel economy requirements -- which for the first time apply to trucks as well as passenger cars -- are going to make it very difficult for any automaker to sell trucks in volume in this country.
Ford has just dropped the compact-size Ranger from its U.S. model lineup -- making it the first CAFE casualty -- and I predict that larger trucks are on the endangered species list now, too....
Even a small truck with a four-cylinder engine will have a hard time averaging 35.5 MPG....
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
The upside is you have to buy new, and usually you'll buy something made by union thugs.
CAFE is BS, but I’m pretty sure Ford dropped the Ranger due to poor sales.
It is smaller than the F150, is less powerful, has less towing capacity, gets worse fuel mileage, and yet costs MORE than a comparably equipped F150.
People were avoiding it in droves.
So now if a guy needs a truck for moving an occasional load, he will have to have a larger truck with lower mileage. This will sure help lower fuel usage. /s
Wait until this info seeps down to Bubbaland.
Say goodbye to blue collar guys Democrats.
Everyone who wants a truck & would have been content with the more economical Ranger is now going to get an F-150.
Morons vote Democrat.
I have a '99 Ranger. It still runs.
Ford refused to spend a nickle on upgrading the Ranger while Toyota and Nissan sales continue up and to the right.
The Ranger is made at the St. Paul, Minnesota plant which is very, very old.
I agree, but there are many others who voted for this crap as well. Gubermint bureaucrats and their green butt-buddies putting grubs and snails ahead of humans.
If someone does manage to make a truck capable of 35 MPG, the next gubermint smackdown will be about the safety. After all, the body will have to be cardboard, and the frame plastic.
The upside is you have to buy new, and usually you’ll buy something made by union thugs.
$crew the Unions, I proudly drive a Toyota Tacoma
Put a diesel engine in that Ford Ranger and it’ll probably reach that standard.
I don’t understand why the automakers are not introducing the high torque, low displacement turbo charged diesels in trucks by now...The large trucks by now could be getting 28-32 mpg if they were to put these in...
I think the diesels will eventually get here...but a lot longer than they should...
If it hadn't helped Ford meet the truck CAFE calculations, it would have died long ago because it was a tin can roller skate.
Just took a peak at www.fueleconomy.gov.
Can’t see why anyone would go with a Ranger when the F150 is clearly better......probably why Ford is phasing it out.
Given the choice, I’d go with the F150 any time. More power, hauling capacity, etc.
IIRC, the Ranger is all new for 2012 and will be being sold elsewhere in the world - just not here.
With CAFE, the real tragedy is that as the manufacturer turns out more efficient models, we tend over time to move further from city centers, make decisions to take jobs further from work, thereby driving more miles.
We have a history to observe, the first round of CAFE caused just this phenomenon, such that we drive our vehicles some 35% more today than in 1977. This erases the benefit of producing more efficient vehicles. The cost per mile actually goes down, in aggregate.
In which alternative universe can you increase the conservation of a commodity by making it cheaper to use?
I suppose electric cars will stunt this effect somewhat, but the demand has to be subsidized, because we don’t seem to want electric cars.
CAFE feels good, but it doesn’t even work toward its primary goal of conserving liquid fuel.
I had forgotten about these idiotic CAFE standards, but this is stunning. 90% of the productivity in this country relies on trucks. WTF are these people up to? The standards they have set are impossible to meet if you want to do some real work (heavy hauling, towing) with your vehicle. Think about all the long-haul truckers. Bad enough that fuel prices are through the roof. Now, you have to mortgage your house, if you still have one, to buy a truck.
The people on the top floor of the Ford building are not idiots. They've crunched the numbers. They see the future. There is none for the Ranger -- and soon, bigger trucks, too. Bet your bippie GM and Chrysler are hip, too.
I predict it's all over for trucks as mass-market vehicles.
We just don't realize it yet.
See this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2819299/posts
The Ranger was completely redesigned for 2012 and now comes with a 4 cylinder diesl and 6 speed manual or automatic.
Ford is still going to produce it and sell it (and compete with other manufactures in that market) all over the world - just not here.
When my 1994 S-10 died after 16 years I didn’t even look at a Chevy product to replace it. This from a person that drove GM vehicles from my first car (actually my mother’s), a 1960 Corvair, until 2010.
I went out and looked at the Ranger but couldn’t justify it since the Toyota Tacoma was actually better equipped and about the same price, so now I drive un-American.
Every time I drive a major city thoroughfare, I'm reminded of the millions of small businesses lining the street. These people need small trucks. This is another slap in face of the people who make America work, and often put America to work.
The good news; I expect much of the regulatory crap to be undone in 2012.
The assault on core America continues. It is being dismantled piece by piece...
My son has a ranger and it gets terrible gas milage, especially for its size.
It was also assembled at a Minnesota plant; better to close the plant, discontinue an unprofitable (union made) product, and continue to shift production to “friendlier” environments.
Leftists hate larger anything. Their size envy started in early childhood when someone else got a larger piece of birthday cake. No fair!
Made in St. Paul ?
I can fix anything on it and it's EMP proof to boot.
There is a good current alternative, that gives better mileage and still has the power needed for trucks.
Though currently prohibited in California, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont, diesel cars and small trucks are common in Europe. And because of improvements in engine tech, they are a lot cleaner than they used to be.
While gasoline is still better for acceleration, this is much less an issue with heavy trucks, private and commercial, in which acceleration is a much lower priority.
Another important value is that the best alternative fuel technology out there is algae based biodiesel, which is the fuel the oil companies are investigating, quietly, because it beats the others hands down. And it only takes minor modification for a diesel engine to run both petroleum and biodiesel. Biodiesel provides about 96% of the energy of petroleum diesel.
So add it up. Either of two fuels, whichever is cheaper, better mileage, high power, in a safer, structurally sound vehicle instead of a plastic box. What’s not to like, unless you are a liberal?
Another idiot writing about something he knows nothing about, a four cylinder turbo charged diesel would get better than 45 miles to the gallon.
I went out and looked at the Ranger but couldnt justify it since the Toyota Tacoma was actually better equipped and about the same price, so now I drive un-American.
That Toyota Tacoma/Hilux is manufactured here in Texas - the last remaining bastion of anything resembling "American".
Now if they would only make a diesel version available in the US like they do everywhere else on the planet. - I thank you again Fe'ral Government for criminalizing the selling of one in this so-called "Free" Country.
Why do you think they want card check?
They are going to get their forced unionization.
You don't actually believe this is a free country, do you?
According to this, Thailand, Argentina and South Africa (way to go Democrats and UAW butt-buddies):
“The new Ranger will be manufactured around the world in three volume production sites geared for regional reach, especially in growth regions.
A progressive production ramp-up is slated to begin next summer (Northern Hemisphere) in Rayong, Thailand, for the Asia Pacific region. Ford is transforming plants in Argentina and South Africa for additional capacity to eventually serve other key regions as the launch cadence progresses. The new manufacturing strategy for the single global compact truck platform will drive new levels of product commonality for the Ford Ranger all around the globe.
Although not planned for introduction in the Únited States or Canada, the all-new Ranger will eventually be marketed in 180 countries, making it one of Ford’s farthest reaching products. This reflects the importance of compact pickup trucks to consumers in many parts of the world and the significance of the Ranger in Ford’s global product portfolio”
Now that’s a real truck! I have a 70 myself. Ford ranger was crap from its inception. No great loss. I do have a 86 F250 though and it’s a monster.
Not trying to stick up for Obummer, but I thought the new CAFE rules were going to be adjusted for each vehicle by the size of its footprint? Could be why they’re phasing out the smaller trucks, and not the larger ones. I’m going to do a little research on this.
I believe pick up trucks, and SUV’s for that matter are so popular because one doesn’t have to be a contortionist to get in and out of them.
These small cars the Left, the impaired class of Environmentalist freaks insist we build to save their Mother Earth from those Gudawful SUV’s are claustrophobic coffins IMO, but then I’m over six feet tall with size 15 shoes, and hit the clutch, and the brake at the same time when I drive those little things.
If you see me driving for errands anymore, you see me in my 1989 F-150 chuggin’ along at 55 quite content because I have room to breath.
It looks as if Ford has ceded the small truck biz to Japan.
My son bought a used Ranger when we lived in Minnesota. It was trouble free.
He had never driven a stick shift so I drove it home and we practiced on a side street near the house until he had the technique down pat.
Well, word is they revamped the Ranger for non-US sales. It's just discontinued in the US. See here: http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/2012-ford-ranger-road-test-1.3369588
There's no way a current bare-bones Ranger is worth more than $13,000, but they show them starting at $18,160.
isn’t the Tacoma supposed to be pretty good?
Close but no.
Ford is selling the Ranger in other countries and is rolling out its new advanced diesel engine - for the rest of the world.
Still doesn’t make the cut.
Even if it did guys, they are simply going to keep raising the standards until we all have to use mass transit or drive mopeds...
Yesiree, I like your truck. Substantial, Bendix rear axle with eight lug wheels all around and a hydraulic dump to boot. That one will do some work. These features used to be all we needed to worry about as long as it would start and run when you wanted it too. Now, we have to worry whether we have enough money to fill the gas tank.
Yup. I knew people would like it. That 69 Power Wagon has hauled an awful lot of material. The body sucks, but the running gear is great. The hydraulics are PTO-driven. My dog loves it.
What more could a man desire in a truck?
Something Detroit doesn't make.
The only thing I'd trade it for would be a Mitsubishi Fuso FG, 4X4, 2-1/2T flatbed dump tubo-diesel cab-over with a winch, but somehow that extra $40K eludes me.
Repeal all new CAFE standards. This is an issue that I think is right up there with Obamacare. Roll it back, park it, pick it up and scrap it.
Please freepmail me if you wish to be added or dropped from the mitten ping.
The Ranger PU was also a “personal vehicle” for Americans who only occasionally, or not at all, needed a truck!
It symbolized the individuality, freedom, ruggedness, etc. that real freedom-loving Americans are!
The American car, especially PUs and SUVs, symbolized this more than anything else.
“They” want to destroy this image of the free, individual real American—make no mistake about that!
Did I mention Free Individual Real Americans (not AINOs)?
Semper Free Individual Real Americans!
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