PEKIN, Illi. – If you’ve been waiting for the day that Ford Motor Co. would bring back the Ranger midsize pickup truck, you might as well keep waiting.
The 2016 Ford Ranger will be built in Nigeria but not in the U.S., which isn’t all that shocking considering 148 other global markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa already have their hands on this seemingly mythical machine. To give you an idea of just how elusive it has become, the last time a Ranger rolled of a U.S. assembly line was in St. Paul, Minn., on December 2011.
Ford’s decision to build the 2016 Ranger in Nigeria but not in the U.S. has everything to do with its expansion plan to exhibit a larger presence in the Middle East and Africa. According to Ford, Nigeria will be the first African country, with exception to South Africa, to produce Ford vehicles.
The 2016 Ranger will be assembled with body parts and components imported from South Africa. The new assembly plant is in Ikeja, a suburb of Lagos, and is expected to create 180 jobs that will help produce up to 5,000 vehicles annually that will be sold exclusively in Nigeria.
The 2016 Ranger was the best-selling vehicle in South Africa for the first half of 2015, and is capable of towing close to 8,000 pounds. It’s the perfect midsize pickup for making your way over rough terrains or simply driving through an urban area with more ease than a full-size pickup provides.
No wonder Americans want this truck back in the U.S. We’re just as jealous as you are of the countries whose people are bestowed with the magnificence of the 2016 Ford Range, but for now you can get behind the wheel of a 2015 Ford F-150 and soon a 2016 F-150 – We guarantee you’ll enjoy either model. We also have a great inventory of used cars and trucks at our Morton area used car dealer. As far as we know, there aren't any Ranger lurking in there, but you might want to check for yourself!
At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.