* Ford to stop production of Ranger in U.S. at end-year * Ranger global sales now near 275,000 * South African plant to ship Ranger to 148 markets By Bernie Woodall DETROIT, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Just as the Ranger rides into the sunset in the United States, the importance of Ford Motor Co's compact pickup truck is rising in the rest of the world. "You know how important trucks are to Ford throughout the world," said Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford in Asia and Africa. "And, really, with the ...
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