In January, Ford built its 7-millionth Ranger.
The little pickup was introduced in 1983 and churned through 25-plus years, finally topping out at 7 million copies. In 2011, production of the venerable little truck will end, with no official word on what Ford will replace it with.
One possibility is the next-generation global Ranger….
Autoblog recently caught some spy shots of the global Ranger, but noted the odds of it coming to the U.S. aren’t good. As long as there’s a glimmer of hope, I’ll remain excited, though! The current Ranger can’t compete with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier and is in desperate need of replacement.
It’s also possible that Ford will let the basic F-150 take the Ranger’s place as its least expensive pickup, but I’d love to see something like the Ranger pictured above hit American shores. Time will tell, and you’ll know as soon as we do!
From the Lexus camp, there are rumors that the LFA’s famed V10 engine will find its way into a 2013 Lexus GS-F. The car would go up against the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V. I wouldn’t have guessed that Lexus would go after the super-sports sedan crowd, but the amazing LFA proves that Lexus does have the will… and that engine could be the way.
Finally, if you are smitten with the new Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI convertible, but not keen on spending over $160K to get one, check this out: You could get a V8-powered version for $30K less!
Yeah, I know, if you can afford $130K on a car, you can probably afford $160K. Regardless, Audi will offer the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI as a lower-priced option that will still pump out 420 horses along with Audi’s R tronic semi-automatic transmission or a conventional six-speed manual.
I say if you’re spending the money, do it right and get the V10. Or at least don’t be caught dead in the automatic!
Would you buy the V10- or V8-powered R8 Spyder?
Should Ford bring the global Ranger to the States?