When the last Ford Ranger small pickup truck rolls off the assembly line today, it will carry with it the final copy of an iconic engine that has powered nearly 25 million vehicles over its 49-year history. The 4.0L V-6 in the Ranger is best known as Ford’s Cologne V-6 engine. The mill began life in 1962 as a V-4 in the Ford Taunus, which was built in Germany and sold throughout Europe. The name Cologne comes from Ford’s German engine plant. Eventually, two additional ...

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