Ford has been producing the Ranger series since 1965. It began as a styling package for the F series, then, in 1982, it became a small truck to compete with the imports from Japan. At the end of this year Ford will stop producing the Ranger for the American market, ending a popular model.
With the end of the Ranger as a separate model, Ford is going to be absent from the small truck market. The only option will be a V6 version of its F-150 series, or to buy a pre-owned model from a used dealer or buy here pay here car lot. Ford sold 7 million Ranger units over the run and trucks continue to be a popular vehicle on the used truck market. With that in mind, hopefully, Ford will reenter the small truck market in the near future.