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Ford Pinto
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Ford Pinto
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1971–1980 (in Americae)
Assembly St. Thomas, Ontario
Edison, New Jersey
Richmond, Californie
Successor Ford Escort
Class Subcompact caur
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door sedan delivery
2-door station wagon
3-door hatchback
Layout FR layoot
Ingine 1.6L, 2.0L & 2.3L I4, 2.8L V6
Transmission 4-speed manual; "Selectshift Cruise-O-Matic"[1]
Wheelbase 94.0 in (2,390 mm)[2]
Length 163 in (4,100 mm)[1]
Width 69.4 in (1,760 mm)
Hicht 50 in (1,300 mm)
Relatit Mercury Bobcat, Mustang II

The Ford Pinto debuted as a compact caur bi the Ford Motor Company on September 11, 1970, derivin its name frae the Pinto horse an competin in the nascent Unitit States sma caur market frae 1971-1980.

Initially offered as a twa-door coupe,[3] Ford ultimately offered the Pinto in coupe, wagon, an hatchback models tae compete wi the AMC Gremlin an Chevrolet Vega, alang wi importit models frae Volkswagen, Datsun, Toyota an ither manufacturers. Bi Januar 1971, the Pinto haed sold ower 100,000 units.[4] In its last model year, Ford built 68,179 units.[5]

A rebadged variant, the Bobcat, debuted in 1974 in Canadae an in March 1975 in the US.[6] The Pinto an the smawer Ford Fiesta wur ultimately replaced bi the front-wheel-drive Ford Escort.

The Pinto's legacy wis affected bi controversy surroondin the safety o its gas tank design, Ford's 1978 recall o the caur, an a later study concludin the Pinto wis as safe or safer than ither caurs in its class.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Directory Index: Ford/1971_Ford/1971 Ford Pinto Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  2. "Carfolio 1970 Pinto". 
  3. "Autos: Debut for Subcompacts". Time Magazine, September 21, 1970. September 21, 1970. 
  4. "How Stuff Works Pinto". 
  5. ""building just 68,179 Pintos that year"". 
  6. Mays, James C. Ford and Canada: 100 Years Together (Montréal: Syam Publishing, 2003), p.116.
  7. http://www.pointoflaw.com/articles/The_Myth_of_the_Ford_Pinto_Case.pdf PDF (3.94 MB)