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Old 07-27-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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https://www.automobilemag.com/news/f...ign=yahoo-feed
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Desperate to hold on to its truck primacy, Ford is working on a new compact pickup that could find its way into the U.S. product lineup by 2022. Ford is preparing to replace its aged Courier subcompact pickup truck, built in Brazil and based on a two-generation old Fiesta platform introduced in 1998.

Sources familiar with Ford’s future product plan say the automaker is considering it for the U.S. market. It would slot below the Ford Ranger midsize pickup arriving in U.S. dealerships early next year, but would be bigger than the current Brazilian Courier. The European Union market has been buying larger vehicles in recent years, including pickup trucks, and so the Courier replacement will be built on the next-generation Focus platform, sources say....

That Focus-based compact Ford crossover is scheduled to make its debut here in the 2020 model year, and it will be built in the Cuautitlan, Mexico, assembly plant, replacing Fiesta hatchback and sedan production in that factory. So new Courier production would be a natural for that plant, as NAFTA protects truck production in Mexico and Canada from the 54-year-old Chicken Tax. Prospects for the compact Ford pickup coming to the U.S. market appears largely determined by tariffs and trade deals negotiated by the Trump administration in the next 24 months.

There’s one other open question: Whether Ford would stick with the Courier name for the U.S. market. May we suggest another classic Ford name? … Ranchero.
So imagine the "Raptor" version of the Courier/Ranchero based on the next gen Focus RS

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Old 07-27-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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It's high time for Subaru to stop sitting on their hands and get working on Baja/Brat II. There is a market for the car/truck...
Love my Baja!
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:18 PM   #3
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Working for Honda. The Ridgeline is the best pavement handling truck on the market.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:30 PM   #4
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Nix the Ranger Raptor for a Ranchero RS? Why not?
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:12 PM   #5
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If that's the direction they're going, why wouldn't they have just used this:



I know its not compact, but why reinvent it.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:36 AM   #6
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If that's the direction they're going, why wouldn't they have just used this:



I know its not compact, but why reinvent it.
Because it doesn’t have 4 doors and everything must be for the chillrens.
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:01 AM   #7
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Because it doesn’t have 4 doors and everything must be for the chillrens.
I know you are making a joke, but seriously; in most modern families, both parents work, thus need to both be able to move around the kiddos; a vehicle with four doors is what is required to do that.

I made the truck/wagon decision over a decade ago, wagon with a tow rating and roof racks won, but if I bought a truck today, it would definitely have four doors. The only reason I'm not dailying a mustang GT is because it needs two more doors to be family friendly.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:35 PM   #8
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If you don’t mind me asking, what wagon do you have? I’m having a brain fart here.
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Old 08-02-2018, 02:18 PM   #9
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I know you are making a joke, but seriously; in most modern families, both parents work, thus need to both be able to move around the kiddos; a vehicle with four doors is what is required to do that.

I made the truck/wagon decision over a decade ago, wagon with a tow rating and roof racks won, but if I bought a truck today, it would definitely have four doors. The only reason I'm not dailying a mustang GT is because it needs two more doors to be family friendly.
It was just a joke. My point was we used to have two door trucks a plenty. MR2, Supra, and a number of 3 door hatches. I still miss my 92 Si hatch. I know you can get a base/fleet type 2 door truck but over the last 25 years there is no denying the change to chillren all da thangz.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:18 PM   #10
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If that's the direction they're going, why wouldn't they have just used this:



I know its not compact, but why reinvent it.
Becuase they'd have to reinvent it.

Ford doesn't make those any more.

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Old 08-03-2018, 02:23 PM   #11
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my ridgeline is the best overall vehicle I have ever owned... went home to see mother in Louisiana, got 30.1 mph average..loaded up.

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my ridgeline is the best overall vehicle I have ever owned... went home to see mother in Louisiana, got 30.1 mph average..loaded up.

oh and VTEC YO
Shaddup! I don't want to hear it!

Torque vectoring AWD. Phenom handling for a "truck". But what always gets me is the cruiser aspect. I've never owned or driven anything that does highway duty like that thing. Chassis/suspension, power, mpg, all in. Best road trip machine I ever owned.
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