Sales of Ford Rangers show an uptick

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2011 - 10:51 PM

But the St. Paul-made pickup remains well off its peak of 12 years ago.

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commonsens4uNov. 1, 11 2:32 PM

The Ranger is a great, economical truck. I think Ford will regret this decision. Toyota will take full advantage and scoop up the extra 50,000 - 100,000 sales per year.

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evilgrimaceNov. 1, 11 3:01 PM

I hate unions so much, I bought a Tacoma just to make sure Ford throws these bums out on the street!

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antonmnNov. 1, 11 3:35 PM

No one is responsible for the failure of the Ranger but Ford's (mis)management. They CHOSE not to update the platform since the 70s and the competition won sales. Other companies made better products, and consumers bought them. Ford put all it eggs into the full-size truck/suv market and let the Ranger languish. Duh! Blaming the workers, to me, is basically un-American.

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bthrasherNov. 1, 11 3:41 PM

I have to agree with commonsens4u. With oil prices still high I believe there will be a growing need for smaller, more economical pickups. Ford is being shortsighted, in my opinion.

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cheiron55402Nov. 1, 11 3:47 PM

For those who love the Ranger, no worries. Ford will be importing them from another country.

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Maybrick5Nov. 1, 11 4:00 PM

140 acres? Put the Vikings stadium there.

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SupervonNov. 1, 11 4:20 PM

The economics of building less than 100K is against the car companies in terms of low prices. But the non union companies in low-tax states have the advantage.

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drposterNov. 1, 11 5:10 PM

For those saying this is a bad idea for Ford.. Can you buy a Mazda B2000? No, they already dropped it. They just don't move enough units to make it a viable badge. They have a quasi-mid size "Ranger" that will be going to international markets.. But it's powered by Diesel.. Always a tough sell, (and tough to get through EPA/CAFE certs) in US markets.

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moandaaNov. 1, 11 6:12 PM

I can't wait until they bulldoze this place. It is a blight on the most exquisite piece of land in St.Paul.

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mlarsenmplsNov. 1, 11 7:06 PM

You people must accept the facts. The Ford Assembly Plant in Highland Park, St Paul is closing for good. You can blaim the union, high taxes, regulatory burdens the list goes on and on. It is a sad day in our history when this is happening. Henry himself played a part in the contruction. It was history in action!!!

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