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The last Ranger is set to roll

Ford is getting out of the compact truck business and says the future looks like a full-size. American Public Media reports cheaper gas and better fuel efficiency in larger trucks are driving the change. And the Star Tribune takes a look at the somewhat murky future of the St. Paul site itself.
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The last Ford Ranger is set to roll off the line a week from Monday, and the auto-maker says the future looks like a full-size.

The company, following its customers, is shifting focus to the larger, more costly F-150. American Public Media says cheap gas and better fuel economy in the full-size is killing the compact.

Loyalists, and there are many, aren't happy. The Pioneer Press says the Ford showroom won't have anything for customers looking for a compact. The company's truck marketing manager tells the paper those customers will have plenty of small cars and utility vehicles to pick from.

And what happens to the sprawling hunk of prime real estate in St. Paul? We won't know until the environmental assessment comes in, the Star Tribune reports. And that won't be in until mid-2012.

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