Ford’s New Ranger to Patrol 180 Countries Excluding US

The Ford Motor Co. foreshowed its new Ranger today – the pickup will be sold in 180 countries, except for the United States.

This sales plan will make the compact pickup unavailable in its home market – a move that is a first in three decades. The latest Ranger is the fourth generation of the series that started in 1982, and the latest pickup will not be exchanged with newer ones after it is out of production in St. Paul, Minnesota, till the end of the model year of 2011.

The sale of the pickup will launch from next summer. The Ranger was produced by Ford and Mazda Motor Corp. on a new global compact platform. It will also be amassed in Argentina, South Africa and Thailand.

It made its debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The development team of the product was stationed at Ford’s facilities in Melbourne, Australia. The BT-50 – Mazda’s version of the pickup – is to be launched tomorrow.

Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of global product development explained the a new global compact platform at a news release:

“We know pickups, so we leveraged our best expertise from around the globe to create the all-new Ford Ranger.”

The new Ranger features a rear-view camera system, along with a trailer sway control and an adaptive load control, inclusive of one gasoline and two diesel engines.

Ford said in regards of the various uses of these pickups around the globe that the Ranger series will offer all that is needed in a basic work vehicle to models like the unrevealed Ranger Limited and Ranger Wildtrak. This means the interiors will be easily cleaned, and Ford added, that four body styles will be available for it.