Ford has been using the Courier model nameplate since the early 1950s. The Courier nameplate was also used for a series of compact pickup trucks (produced by Mazda). During the 1985 redesign of the Mazda Proceed/B-Series, Ford gave the Courier a larger, more modern cab. Optional features included five-speed manual transmissions, four-wheel drive, and a V6 engine. With the introduction of the extended and four-door cabs, Mazda overhauled the B-Series in 1998, and Ford adopted the Ranger nameplate for both their compact trucks and Mazda’s. The Ford Courier was continued to be sold through 2006 in Australia and New Zealand under the Ford nameplate.