Bet Ford is wishing it didn't kill the Ranger right about now.
The Chevrolet Colorado has just won the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year, beating out the all-new, aluminum-rich Ford F-150. Consider that choice a bit unexpected, but it's a wonderful decision nonetheless. Not everyone needs a full-size truck but their options for something smaller have been somewhat limited. Aside from the Colorado/GMC Canyon twins, there was also the aging Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. But the key word here is "aging," and that was a turn off to many buyers. Not for much longer.
We've just learned that Toyota will debut the all-new 2016 Tacoma at Detroit next month. Few details are available at the moment, but it's been assured that US-based Toyota designers and engineers have had a significant role in the development of the new Tacoma, which is expected to also be sold in other global markets. In the meantime, Ford has once again clarified that it has no intention of reentering the mid-size truck market in the US. However, there are still rumors that Ram wants to revive the old Dodge Dakota, and have it ready for sale in about two years. Even South Korean brands such as Hyundai are looking into the possibility of a mid-size truck. Just too bad that global Ford Ranger will remain off limits in the US.