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 DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford adds another industry first to its market-leading light truck lineup today when the first Ford Ranger Splash SuperCab rolls off the assembly line at the company's Twin Cities (Minn.) Assembly Plant.
 With the production of that unit, Ford becomes the only automotive manufacturer to offer both a compact truck with a flared pickup box and a sensational looking, functional SuperCab, too. The initial Ranger Splash SuperCab is a 4x4 model, with a 4x2 model slated for introduction in the first quarter of next year.
 The addition of the Splash SuperCab is especially significant because it strengthens a lineup in which supercabs already account for more than one-third of total sales. On top of that, the Ford Ranger has been No. 1 in compact pickups for the past seven years running.
 In fact, the Splash regular cab model provided a major boost in sales in the spring 1993 when it was introduced. A sexy-looking newcomer with a flared pickup box, the Splash was an immediate hit and now averages about 2,500 retail sales each month or about 8 percent of total Ranger sales. The Splash SuperCab -- expected to be the vehicle of choice for personal-use buyers whose vehicles play major roles in their leisure-time activities and make a statement about their lifestyles -- should boost the Splash's share of total Ranger sales to more than 10 percent.
 Like the Splash regular cab model, the Splash SuperCab has exceptional road manners, due mainly to features it shares with regular cab versions of Ford's newest fun trucks. Enhancing handling characteristics are standard 15-inch wheels with P235/60R tires and a ride height on 4x2 models that is 0.75 inches lower in the front and 1.5 inches in the rear. Splash regular cab models were the first Ranger 4x2s to offer the bigger wheels and tires. Lowering the ride height required a special handling suspension package that includes springs, shock absorbers, jounce bumpers and a camber adjuster, all contributing to the improved handling.
 Not only does the Splash SuperCab 4x4 offer unique good looks, it's a hard worker as well. The maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 5,080 pounds and the top payload is 1,500 pounds.
 Like all Ford Ranger pickups, the Splash SuperCab offers the broadest engine availability of any compact trucks and they lead the segment in fuel economy as well. Engine choices are a standard 2.3-liter (4x2s), electronically fuel-injected (EFI) four-cylinder engine and 3.0- and 4.0-liter EFI V-6s, all of which can be matched with five-speed manual and automatic overdrive tranmissions. Horsepower ratings are 98, 140 and 160 for the 2.3-, 3.0- and 4.0-liter engines, respectively.
 Ranger Splash standard equipment also includes sail-mount electric mirrors, a consolette with two cup holders on manual transmission models and one cup holder on automatic transmission models, 60/40 split bench seat and mud flaps on 4x4 models.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Trainor, 313-594-1700, or Woody Haines, 313-845-2968, both of Ford Truck/

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