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Since the Ford Ranger is no longer being sold in the North American market, the Ford Motor Company has yet to name a replacement for its once-popular compact pickup. And according to Ford, they don’t want to – based on studies conducted by the company, Americans aren’t interested in another Ranger; studies show that they would most likely gravitate to the larger F-150. But the Ranger is still a big seller in other parts of the world, and some have speculated that Ford might go ahead and try to re-introduce a new vehicle into the North American market to capture some of that market share.

But Ford has hinted that they may go in an entirely different direction. Honda’s Ridgeline combo truck was a large inspiration, Ford officials have said, in terms of their decision to go in a new direction. Though the project is still speculative, there have been reports that Ford engineers are cooking something new up to compete with the Chevy Colorado, among others in that class. So what will they do? Chances are they’re working on what some are dubbing the new F-100, a model name that hasn’t seen use since the 1960′s.

Car transport companies aren’t usually interested in speculating about new models that may or may not see the light of day, but there’s an interesting correlation nonetheless; the Ford Motor Company’s F-Series is one of the most popular pickup lines in the U.S., and many are shipped across the U.S. by car transport carriers every year. As new models are introduced, the numbers change, and right now the time is ripe for Ford to introduce a new vehicle into that particular market. Will it succeed? A good indicator is in the raw shipping data, because if there are a lot of new vehicles moving across the country, it typically indicates success in terms of sales. Not always, but usually.

Anyway, an interesting little piece of information to start your day off. Or end it, whichever.

Diesel Prices Skyrocket, Highest Since October

Over the past few weeks, diesel prices have skyrocketed, leaving many nationwide transporters in every logistical sector gripping tightly to their wallets, anxiously wondering if it’ll slow down. Topping $4.00 per gallon in many areas of the country now, diesel prices being as high as they are will definitely have an effect on the car transport industry – more specifically, its prices. Fuel is one of the most important costs for any car transport carrier and how much they pay for fuel has a huge impact on how much you’re paying for car transport services.

Car transport companies don’t like having to jack their prices up because carriers are suddenly struggling to pay their overhead, but it’s all part of the way the car transport industry works. With the recent hikes in diesel prices, don’t be surprised if your car shipper calls you up and asks for an additional $50 or $100, as these are typically what carriers will be charging extra in order to make up for the additional overhead costs.

Diesel prices can fluctuate for a number of reasons, and it’s not like gasoline prices aren’t rising either; national average as of this writing is right around $3.61 a gallon, but it’s odd that diesel prices are actually higher than gasoline prices, considering the fact that diesel fuel is much dirtier and costs less in terms of refining and selling it. But it’s in much higher demand, especially considering that most alternative fuel sources are built for personal vehicles and not long-haul trucks; there are few electric engines that can haul around 80,000 pounds worth of carrier and cargo. So, while it’s not fun to have to pay so much, and even less fun when your shipper comes back at you for an additional hundred bones or so, it’s still crucial to a timely car transport experience. So make sure to go with the flow, because your car shipper is likely being pressured by the carrier to get the extra cash that you’re being asked to pay.