Ford extended Ranger production into 2011, new grobal Ranger should get here in MY2012 which means it will launch right after the factory is closed.Not sure I like this. While better fuel efficiency is a good thing for the F-150, any improvements they could make there would go even further in the F-100. Worse yet, if the F-100 is shelved and the Ranger is still scheduled to be discontinued, then this means no truck smaller than the F-150 for some time.
Figure an F-100 would have shaved maybe 2-3 mpg of economy off of an F-150. If Ford thinks they have a serious shot of improving F-150 fuel economy another 3-4 mpg at no added cost to the consumer, reduced reliability, or reduced power... then it makes sense to run with it.
But of course, the risk is that the F-150 will soldier on with mid-pack economy. I really hope Ecoboost lives up to the hype.