Great news, fellow gear heads! Ford has just announced plans to invest more than $700 million into its existing Michigan assembly plants in order to … are you ready? In order to build the new Ford Ranger and a new Ford Bronco in- and for!- the US market! (!!)
Ford’s train-hauling Euro-Ranger has been forbidden fruit to US buyers since its introduction several years ago. Those of us who knew about it stared at pictures of it lustfully, and we hope that it makes its way to US shores largely unmolested by US market “experts”. I say hope because Ford’s plans are just that at the moment: plans.
Investing in new tooling and training to produce the Ford Ranger and Bronco in the US is part of larger deal between Ford and the UAW, which still have to come to terms on the whole deal. If they do, a total of $9 billion will be invested into 22 US plants by Ford, helping to maintain employment of the more than 8500 workers at the Michigan Assembly Plant, alone. If they do start building a new Bronco, it’s more likely to be something Ranger-based, like the Euro-market Ford Everest …
… which would make sense, since the previous Ranger-based Bronco II evolved, eventually, into the Ford Explorer, which has now gone to a more car-like unibody frame.
So, lots of question marks and lots of room for speculation about what the news of a new Ford Ranger or Ford Bronco really means. Regardless, two storied nameplates are returning after a long, long absence, and Ford will amass tons of goodwill for it. Good on them.
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