The Ford Motor Company has picked up its third high profile award of the year, with the new Ford Ranger being named as the International Pick-up for 2013.
This award comes hot on the heels of victories in the prestigious International Van of the Year and International Engine of the Year categories, which were won by Transit vans and the groundbreaking EcoBoost petrol engine respectively.
Decided by a panel of industry experts, including some well known motoring journalists, this award was bestowed upon the Ranger for a number of reasons, including the vehicle's impressive general performance in terms of both on and off-road driving as well as its towing strength, ability to cope with extremely heavy loads, and the extensive range of engine specifications that are available for buyers to choose from.
Gratefully accepting the official recognition, the vehicle line director of Ford of Europe's Global Commercial Vehicles department, Paul Randle, said that it was a fair reflection of the tremendous work that has been put in by those involved with the design and manufacture of the Ranger since it was first made available in 2010.
Randle also went on to say that his team will certainly not be resting on its laurels now either, with a number of new Ford vans still currently in the pipeline, including the soon to be unveiled Transit and Transit Connect models.
One of the judges on the international panel, Irish journalist Jarlath Sweeney, explained exactly why the Ranger eventually emerged as the winner of this hotly contested prize, pointing to its 'perfect blend' of comfort, stability and incredible durability on rough terrain. This view is supported by Ford themselves, who have said that it was tested in some of the world's 'most hostile environments' and 'extreme temperatures' throughout the development process.
A new edition of the Ranger has just been released, bringing with it a range of new aesthetic and engineering options.