Eight Things to Know About the Mazda B4000
- Despite the Japanese car manufacturer's logo on its front grille, the Mazda B4000 was actually a rebadged model-variant of the Ford Ranger. They were made in three different cities across the United States. However, in 1999, the Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant stopped producing these pickups while the Edison, New Jersey plant had to close in 2004. The St. Paul, Minnesota plant also had to stop making B4000s because it closed down in 2011 after 86 years of operations.
- This American pickup with a Japanese logo also had a German heart. It's 4.0-liter V6 engine which could produce up to 160 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque was made in Ford's Cologne plant. No, that's not a factory named after Henry Ford's distinctive smell, Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city that gave its name to the perfume created by an Italian expatriate during the 18th century.
- Mazda's special touch on the B4000 extended beyond just having their logo on the front grille. The high quality bowed or bubbled-out fender contours and tail light treatments could also be attributed to this Japanese brand.
- Since their introduction to the Ford Ranger/Mazda B4000 in 1995, the Argentineans have been crying out for more of these pickups. Ford decided to listen to their demands by building a local assembly plant in Buenos Aires in 1996.
- The Buenos Aires plant wasn't the only B4000 producer in Latin America. Up until 2006, Colombian and Ecuadorian plants also came out with badge-engineered versions of the Mazda B-Series in complete knock-down form.
- Despite being discontinued in the United States in 2009, the Mazda B-series, including the B4000, was sold for one more year in Canada.
- Since its debut in 1994, the Mazda B4000 has remained almost completely unchanged until its discontinuation in 2009. The only noticeable additions have been an increase in horsepower thanks to a replacement of the OHV engine into an SOHC in 2001. Instead of running at just 160 horsepower, the B4000 was then able to go up to 207 horsepower. Quite a big leap for a pickup truck that was often smaller than its competitors.
- If you like trucks with old-fashioned spokes, then you should know that the Mazda B4000 has them on both their steering wheels and their tires. The steering wheels have three while the aluminum wheels have five.