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May 2010 PRM - Global Ford Ranger Caught!

Global Ford Ranger
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted May 1, 2010

We caught the global Ford Ranger, get the low-down Ram, and More!

Global Ford Ranger Caught!
Will it or won't it? That seems to be the question: Will the new global Ranger, which is being engineered in Australia, be available in the U.S.? Ford's current stance seems to indicate that it will not reenter the compact truck segment when the current Ranger is put out to pasture in 2011, but will instead rely on a 3.7L V-6-powered version of the F-150. We think that this is a huge mistake, especially considering how big the F-150 has grown to be and that the compact/midsize truck segment is just crying for new and innovative products. Some of us just want a small pickup.

Rams Will Always Be Dodges?
We recently reported that Ram was becoming its own brand, on par with Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler. What we didn't know was whether they would be dropping the Dodge name. After chatting with Ram executives at the North American International Auto Show, it appears that while Ram will be marketed and sold under the Ram brand, they will still keep the Dodge name attached to them, as evidenced by all of the 2010 Rams we have seen with Dodge badges and logos. So continue to enjoy your Rams-your Dodge Rams.

Award Handoff
Members of Toyota's 4Runner team recently came to Four Wheeler's new headquarters in El Segundo, California, to take delivery of the 2010 Four Wheeler of the Year award. Four Wheeler Editor Douglas McColloch handed the award off to Toyota Corporate Marketing Manager Kevin Higgins.

Wrangler Is Most Significant 4x4 of the Decade
Have you been keeping up with our editorial blogs at blogs.fourwheeler.com? If not, then we should let you know that we have chosen the Jeep Wrangler as the best and most significant 4x4 of the decade.

Department of Corrections
In our February 2010 Pickup Truck of the Year story, we mistakenly wrote that our 2010 Ram 2500 tester was equipped with an open rear differential. This is incorrect, as our tester was equipped with a rear limited-slip differential.

Could Scorpio Come to the US?
Setbacks and delays have plagued the launch of Mahindra's TR20 and TR40 pickup in America, but that doesn't mean there aren't plans to expand its U.S. lineup in the near future. We hear that the pickup could be on sale by the time you read this and that there are plans to sell the Scorpio SUV by the end of the year. We expect the powertrain to be the same as the one announced for the pickup, meaning the 2.2L mHawk four-cylinder turbodiesel backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Quick Hits
-Could the Raptor line be expanded beyond the SuperCab and upcoming Crew Cab models? We have heard rumblings that there may be a regular cab Raptor in the plans.
-Borg-Warner has been selected to provide Torque-On-Demand (TOD) and part-time transfer cases to all Ram 4x4s.
-Ford posted a profit of $2.7 billion for 2009.

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