Re: The Ranger is Dead – Long Live the Ranger (www.autosavant.net)
So stopping Ranger next year will leave them with some to sell (probably built for mostly commercial use) for a few months into 2010.
Meanwhile, the F-100 will arrive late 2010 (Oct-Nov?). As this is not a direct replacement for Ranger, it may be unfair to comapare gas MPG, but it really needs to get at least 2 or 3 MPG better than the new F150 which already promises better MPG. It should also be at least $2,000 less as base. If so, it may steal sales from F150, but being an F-series, I imagine the sales will be clumped together just as the Super Duty's are.
Will the Transit Connect be here by then? That will help keep some of the customers that may have considered a high MPG Ranger. I see a lot of potential for it.
It seems too far away to comment on the truck coming in 2012. A lot can change in 4 years. It will need to have a 4 cylinder ecoboost, yet be able to offer a good V6 maybe a 2.5 to 3.0 with ecoboost. By this time, the F150 style will be around a few years. The new truck needs to advance the styling and not be a direct copy, or it will grow old fast.