I'd be more inclined to buy a F-150 for a work truck if it had an option 4 or 6cylinder Diesel motor mated to a manual transmission (just to be clear: with clutch).
Instead of bringing the Ranger back stateside and "confusing" customers, why not just take the New Ranger's motors and put them in the F-150?
Currently there are slim pickings for fuel efficient trucks with manual transmission in the United States. I could get a Tacoma, but I don't want one and they don't offer diesel. I would rather not get a Chevy but it does at least come with a manual transmission.
Ford is shrinking its market base by not offering a manual transmission truck, but if Ford were to change that and offer a manual transmission diesel F-150, they could lock down the market as being the only truck manufacturing offering a full-size but efficient diesel truck with manual transmission in the United States.
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