FollowupID: 752270 Submitted:
Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 11:55
Member - tdv posted:
The information I have is that the Ranger was designed in Melbourne
at the Ford headquarters. The engine is Ford as is the gearbox. I think Mazda had some engineers on the project but largely a Ford Australia
Mazda then put their own design on the body work and interior.
I could be wrong of course and will happily stand corrected.
And yes the towbar design on the Ranger is terrible for offroad duties. It hangs too low reducing departure angles and can act as a grader blade at times. The position of the plug is poor as well but easily removed and repositioned. However it is VERY solid and copes easily with heavy tow weights and hasn't stopped me getting anywhere despite some fairly rough and tumble tracks.
In fairness to Ford when I attended the Melbourne
motorshow (at their expense :-)) for the official unveiling, the chief design engineer asked what I thought. My first comments were I loved the look etc but was concerned about the towbar design (which later proved accurate). He was immediately on the phone to the factory in Thailand (while I was standing there) to ask how long it could take to fix and to begin looking at options. Nobody has ever taken me that seriously before!!!