A panel of distinguished commercial vehicle journalists awarded the new Ford Ranger the International Pick-Up Award at the Fleet Transport Expo in Dublin, Ireland.
The new Ranger won the trophy after extensive testing at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England, earning 47 points – more than the number of points garnered by the second-place finisher (Isuzu D-Max) and third place (Volkswagen Amarok) combined. The award was presented to Ford by jury chairman Pieter Wieman at the trade show in Dublin.
"The Ford Ranger is a great all-rounder, combining the perfect blend of on-road comfort and stability with off-road capability," said Jarlath Sweeney, the Irish judge on the panel of commercial vehicle journalists.
There are still no plans to bring the Ford Ranger to U.S. shores, but there remains great interest among truck enthusiasts for an affordable midsize pickup that offers these same types of qualities.
“Ranger is great for work and great for leisure, and customers will appreciate the difference as soon as they get behind the wheel,” said Paul Randle, vehicle line director of Global Commercial Vehicles at Ford of Europe. And that's exactly what our Australian correspondents found when they got behind the wheel of the new Ranger as it competed in head-to-head competion with the Holden Colorado, VW Amorak and Toyota Hilux in our Global Midsize Shootout.
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