Ford Ranger Slated for Return to US in 2018

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Ford Ranger is being resurrected for the U.S. market according to a recent report.

According to sources familiar with Ford’s plans, the American automaker has begun contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers that will bring production of the Ranger to a Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018. If everything gets approved, the Ford Ranger will replace production of both the Focus and C-Max, which will likely be heading to Mexico.

The Ford Ranger was the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. from 1987 to 2004. Retail sales of the Ford Ranger were discontinued in the U.S. in 2011 while fleet sales lasted until the 2012 model year.

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The compact pickup truck market has grown in recent years with the introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Currently, the Ranger is built in South Africa, Argentina, Thailand and Nigeria for 180 overseas markets. Ford hasn’t been importing the Ranger due to the 25-percent tax on foreign-built pickups, better known as the “chicken tax.”

[Source: Detroit News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Albert Albert on Aug 29, 2015

    Great,but I hope they have more models than just the Sport Trac.The bed is just too small & almost useless for a truck.I still am driving my 2002 Ranger XLT 4.0 with a 5 speed automatic. Great engine & transmission combination.Not a real fast truck,but I've surprised a lot of rice burners ( & a few American made cars & trucks too) with it. It's the best vehicle I have ever owned. ( That's why I still have it ) Now if Ford could put the 2.7 Eco Boost V-6 in it & the price isn't too high that would be awesome.I don't want any personal E-mail responses,if I see any they will be deleted & not read. Thanks.

  • Mojave Son Mojave Son on Sep 13, 2015

    I like my 2008 Ford Ranger and would be interested in getting a new one in 2018, as long as it's a SuperCab with a 6 foot bed like my current one. I don't like the 4 door small bed trucks.