The news for small-pickup fans keeps getting better. Autoblog has posted a video of the global 2012 Ford Ranger's most recent crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP, Europe's vehicle safety agency. The new Ranger not only earned the highest scores of any pickup truck, but it also received the highest ratings Euro NCAP has ever awarded for passenger protection.
Ford will equip European Rangers with standard side curtain airbags, side thorax airbags and knee airbags in addition to the front airbags.
The safety scores are a big win for Ford. The 2011 Ranger took a big hit in the U.S. when subjected to revised testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Both Ranger models (regular cab and Super Cab) earned two-star overall ratings.
Domestic Ford Ranger production will likley stop next month with no scheduled replacement.