The Next-Generation Ford Ranger has added another trophy to its collection, being named “Best 4×4 & Pick-up” by the Women’s World Car of the Year judges – the only all-female jury in the automotive industry. The jury comprises 63 female motoring journalists from 45 countries across five continents, including South Africa’s Charleen Clarke, who brings her expertise as a former South African Commercial Vehicle Journalist of the Year and associate member of the International Truck of the Year jury.
The vehicles are assessed based on six categories: safety, driving, comfort, technology, design, efficiency, impact on the environment, and value for money. The Ranger impressed the judges with its versatility and capabilities, earning praise as a “reliable, stylish and charismatic pick-up” that can move effortlessly over any terrain. With a cargo box that makes it more practical than most off-roaders, the Ranger was noted as an efficient and tough vehicle.
Liz Pelling, communications lead, Ford Pro, Europe, said, “Thank you to the Women’s World Car of the Year jury for this award, which recognizes Ranger’s global appeal.” Packed with innovative design and engineering from Ford’s global teams, the Ranger line-up features new features and technologies, such as a high-tech digital interior, sliding load restraints, clamp mounts, and a built-in ruler that turns the tailgate into a workbench. These features are a direct result of over 5,000 interviews and customer workshops, ensuring that the latest version of Europe’s best-selling pickup meets the needs of a wide range of users.
The Next-Gen Ranger is also a finalist in the 2023 South African Car of the Year competition. The winner of the overall Women’s World Car of the Year award will be announced on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023, on the Women’s World Car of the Year YouTube channel.