Ford Motor Co. will end production of the Ranger pickup at its Louisville, KY, assembly plant on April 5 and switch exclusively to Explorer/Mountaineer output. The move will free up space for production of the Explorer Sport Trac, scheduled to go into production in the first quarter of 2000. Ford's Twin Cities, MN, and Edison, NJ, plant will be responsible for all Ranger production. Meanwhile, Ford says it will build fewer Lincoln Navigators, at least through the '99 model year, because ...

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