Posted Nov 11th 2012 6:02PM
Believe it or not, the full-size pickup trucks that dominate the North American market don't find much favour in other corners of the globe. Elsewhere, powerful mid-sized trucks rule the work site, and the judges behind the 2013 International Pick-Up Award are cognizant of that. They awarded the 2013 Ford Ranger the honour with a unanimous vote. The truck earned praise for its on-road manners and off-road prowess, as well as its towing and payload capacities.
Judges evaluated entries at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, and the Ranger managed to take home more points than the next two finishers combined. The Isuzu D-Max took the silver, leaving bronze to the Volkswagen Amarok. So far this year, Ford has won three international awards, including Van of the Year for its Transit Custom and Engine of the Year for the 1.0-litre Ecoboost. Check the full press release below for more information.
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NEW FORD RANGER WINS 'INTERNATIONAL PICK-UP AWARD 2013' UNANIMOUSLY
New Ford Ranger wins "International Pick-Up Award 2013." Judges praise on- and off-road prowess, strong engine line-up, payload and towing capability, and safety
All members of the judging panel select the new Ranger as their number one choice
"International Pick-Up Award 2013" follows "International Van of the Year 2013" for the new Transit Custom and 2012 "International Engine of the Year" for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine
Brentwood, Essex, November 7, 2012 – The new Ford Ranger has won the "International Pick-Up Award 2013" making it the third international award Ford has won this year.
Every member of the judging panel ranked the new Ranger as their number one choice; praising its performance on- and off-road, strong engine line-up, payload and towing capability, and safety.
The new Ford Ranger won the "International Pick-Up Award 2013" award following extensive testing at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England, after which it was awarded 47 points – more than the combined number of points garnered by the second- and third-placed Isuzu D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok. The award was presented to Ford by jury chairman Pieter Wieman at the Fleet Transport EXPO 12 event, 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 CV journalists that also serves on the "International Van of the Year" jury.
The new Ford Ranger is offered in three versatile cab bodystyles – Double, Super and Regular – that are among the roomiest in its class; comes with a choice of two powerful and economical Duratorq TDCi engines, and with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains.
"The 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, Global Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. "This prestigious award is testament to the work of our global product teams and there is plenty more to look forward to with the launch of the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect in 2013."
Totally new from the ground up; the new Ranger now delivers more payload and class-leading towing capability; along with innovative new comfort and driver assistance features; and is the first such vehicle ever to achieve a Five Star Euro NCAP rating.
This year, Ford has won other international awards including the "International Van of the Year 2013" for the all-new Transit Custom; and the company's 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was named the 2012 "International Engine of the Year".
Notes to editors
Since going on sale in 2010, Ford has sold over 7,000 Ford Rangers in the UK