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.

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