T-Mo,End of an era. I had two Ford Rangers, a 88 and my current 97. Great little trucks. Too bad Ford decided that the new redesign made available for the rest of the world is too much competition for the F150 sales.
You just answered your own question, Toyota has pretty much claimed the small pickup category. I see a lot of people with Honda Ridgelines as well.I am not a Ford guy. Rumor has the colorado will be dropped soon. I do not understand why the big 3 would stop makeing small trucks. I have 2 pickups, a dodge 3/4 ton & a chev colorado. I use the small chev most of the time as it gets 18 mpg . The dodge has a hard time getting 10 mpg,but if it is almost allways towing something.
Can't go by the brand name any more. My next truck may be a toyota as they are made here,while the dodge [I mean Ram] is made south of the border.:nunu:
As much as I like our Honda vehicles; I do not consider the Ridgeline a pickup due to the small bed and wouldn't own one. Since I won't consider a GM vehicle; if I were in the market for a small pickup, it would be a Toyota followed by a Nissan. Yes, I know the beds on Toyota's and Nissan's are small too when compared to my F-250; they just seem more like trucks than the Ridgeline does.You just answered your own question, Toyota has pretty much claimed the small pickup category. I see a lot of people with Honda Ridgelines as well.
My wife works at the Carrier plant here in Tyler. This will be her 20th year there.For the last 2 years they have been shutting down production lines and sending them to Mexico. They will send the last line down next december and close the plant....thats been here since the 40's. Being that I'm in the HVAC biz, I try to sell alot of Carrier products. Well...monday I get a call from one of my customers where I had installed a new complete system in his home last year. Turns out the indoor evaporator coil was leaking.(made in Mexico naturally) Its under warranty and I go to get a new one....it took opening 11 different evap coil boxes to find a good one....here is a couple of pics of what I found that was typical. This makes me so mad I could spit nails! Of course the price of the equipment isnt going down....Carrier will make even more profits ...but we in the field repairing/installing have to absorb the cost of replacement and the end users have the aggravation/discomfort of doing without until repaired ...again!I find all these closings sad. I am still a buy "big 3" guy which I know is ignorant as a lot of the foreign vehicles are more American than the big 3 brands.
I am still all about supporting America and do it whenever I can but the part that bothers me is I think we have done it to ourselves. I realize this doesn't hold true everywhere but half our problem is our society has a terrible work ethic these days. A lot of the younger generation feels "entitled".
Not sure what we expect. We don't want to work and other countries/nationalities will. Pretty obvious where that is going to get us.
Wish I knew what the answer is but I don't. Feel bad for the people that do want to work and are losing their jobs.
When they come up with a way to do it I will be first in line to do it. And in my eyes the whole governmental motors deal was not it.