Ford Motor Company has announced that production of the Ranger compact pickup will continue through 2011 at its Twin Cities (Minn.) Assembly Plant, to meet renewed demand for the aged hauler. Production had been expected to halt by the end of 2009.
Recently, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman personally appealed to Ford CEO Allan Mullaly to keep Ranger production going because of increased fuel prices and lower demand for full-size pickups.
Ranger sales have been up most of 2008 as Ford targeted sales incentives on the small truck in regions where the truck is popular.
The Ford Ranger has been in production since 1983.