Ford has announced how much it will cost fans to buy a new Ranger midsize pickup. The base XL will start at $24,300, while the XLT will carry a base of $27,940. At the top of the list is the Lariat model at $32,210.
These prices came from the just released Ford configurator. (“Yes son, if you study hard and work hard you can grow up to be a configurator.”
Of course like all pickups the size of the truck bed and desired passenger carrying capacity will also play a role in how much it will cost to take one home. Pricing is roughly in line with the Toyota Tacoma.
All of the trucks will come with a 10-speed automatic and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine.
The Ranger is expected to hit the market in the fall, but no firm date has been released by Ford.
Customizer APR has completed work on a one-off VW Atlas that improves off road abilities and increases horsepower. From the base 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, APR boosted things to 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. It added a turbocharger, modified the suspension and exhaust system.
APR stressed that while this is currently a one-off project, it is evaluating a lineup of performance products for the Atlas in the future.
Walter Payton’s 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo will be auctioned off in Chicago in late October. The car is now owned by Payton’s son and shows just 9,950 miles on the odometer. It will be one of a number of cars to hit the block at the Mecum backed event.
Mercedes is expanding its training programs to deal with a shortage of automotive technicians, once known as mechanics.
“The need for educational programs like these are important as we face an acute shortage of qualified technicians,” said Christian Treiber, MBUSA Vice President of Customer Service.
“The shortage largely comes from the outdated image of mechanics and increase in demand. Today’s mechanics must now have a completely different skillset; they are technologists that cater to increasingly complex vehicles,” he said.