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02-06-2009, 12:05 PM
2010 Ford Ranger: Pickup Adds New, Standard Safety Technologies to Unsurpassed Fuel Economy
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The 2010 Ford Ranger will add as standard equipment this summer a segment-exclusive safety technology -- AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control) -- that helps prevent skidding and dangerous rollover conditions

-- The new 2010 Ranger also adds new combination side air bags - offered standard - designed for head and torso protection

-- With 2.3-liter I-4 engine, the Ranger offers unsurpassed pickup fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway

-- Ford has more U.S. government 5-star safety-rated vehicles than any other brand and more IIHS "Top Safety Picks" than any other automaker

The 2010 Ford Ranger comes to market this summer by adding unique standard safety technologies, including Ford's AdvanceTrac® with RSC® -- the world's most sophisticated electronic stability control system that helps prevent skidding and rollovers -- and combination side air bags.

Industry-exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC goes a step beyond stability control systems found on competitive models with a gyroscopic roll sensor that determines both the vehicle's body roll angle and roll rate.

If it detects the vehicle is about to roll, the system automatically applies additional countermeasures -- such as reducing engine power 15 percent and/or applying brakes to one or more wheels -- to enhance vehicle rollover resistance.

The new Ranger's head-and-chest combination side air bags provide enhanced head and torso protection in certain side impacts. The side air bag system is designed to cushion the head, minimizing lateral head injuries in case of collision, in addition to acting as a barrier between the occupant and the side of the vehicle.

"The 2010 Ranger's Roll Stability Control and combination side air bag technologies will help occupants stay out of harm's way," said Steve Kozak, chief engineer of safety systems, Ford Motor Company. "The Ranger has been America's most fuel-efficient pickup, and now it features a combination of safety features not offered in any other small pickup."

In addition, Ranger also provides high levels of safety and security with Ford's Personal Safety System®, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system, all included as standard equipment on all models.

Also standard are four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver- and front-passenger air bags, safety belts with front pretensioners for outboard seating positions and side-intrusion door beams. Ford's front-passenger sensing system helps ensure air bags are not deployed on the passenger side when small children are detected. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat mounts are provided in the front-passenger seat on all models.

Further adding value to the Ranger is its class-leading fuel economy and low cost of ownership. With EPA-estimated fuel economy at 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the 2.3-liter I-4 engine, Ranger offers unsurpassed fuel economy for pickups. Plus its 7,500-mile service intervals for routine maintenance, such as oil changes, help Ranger historically rank among the lowest cost of ownership among all compact pickups studied by Edmunds.com.

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02-06-2009, 02:22 PM
I think the more important question is if we will see the global ranger brought to North America. I suspect this “update” though great, relates only to compliance with the law as far as federal safety standards are concerned and has nothing to do with Ford’s willingness to update this little truck.

02-07-2009, 07:41 AM
Is this an early April Fool's joke?

I like the Ranger, but let met spew a little thought here:

"Announcing the 2010 Ford Ranger...when you buy it, people will think you got a great deal on a freshly-waxed 2005 Ranger from Car Max...but no...it's really the new 2010 model...."

Lets get real now:

The 2010 addition of a couple of new mechanical changes is nice, but it's sadly overdue something to distinguish it from previous year models....new wheels, a new grille, or even some fresh new colors.

OK, Ford product planners...don't even bother formulating new colors...just bring back Cayman Green and Mocha Frost from 1994.

I'd notice.

02-07-2009, 09:26 AM
Why do people trash this great little value.
It is a great value as a proven tough and reliable work vehicle and it is a great value as a personal vehicle too. Adding this needed safety features was just that, needed. Ford has not come out and stated anything to the contrary.

And besides, I think it is still the best looking little truck on the market as it plays out it's closing model years.