UAW Rep Confirms New Ford Ranger, Bronco Will Be Built in Michigan

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

A representative for the United Automobile Workers (UAW) has confirmed what has been believed for quite some time: a new Ford Ranger and Bronco are coming and they will be built in the U.S.

“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” Bill Johnson, who is the chairman of UAW Local 900 which represents the Wayne plant, told Detroit Free Press.

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No timeline has been offered for when production of the new midsize pickup truck and SUV would start, though Ford has confirmed that it plans to begin small car production in Mexico by 2018. It is expected that the Ranger will launch first in 2018 with the Bronco coming in 2019 or 2020.

The move of Focus and C-Max production to Mexico has been in the news recently after presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned Ford for moving jobs out of the U.S., though Ford has said all along that no jobs will be lost. Until now, it wasn’t clear which products would be moved into Wayne Assembly to take the place of the Focus and C-Max.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 30, 2016

    People have been wanting a compact pickup for years now. The general consensus has been they haven't found a way to option it up to $50,000 yet. -that's why right now, used rangers are worth their weight in myrrh. Why did they wait so long?? Only announcing this now, practically concurrent with news of small car production moving to Mexico is just too coincidental.

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    • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 30, 2016

      yes you are right, it has been a rumor since last year. But Acura NSX had been a rumor for years. Supra has been a rumor so long Millions of humans have been born since the replacement rumors began 20 years ago (and in fact, many of those born have had kids themselves). Heck, FORD's own Mustang going Independent Rear Suspension had been a rumor for how long before becoming reality? All i'm saying is announcing the Ranger right now is coincidental. I'm not confirming anything or saying anything..

  • WDC Insider WDC Insider on Oct 01, 2016

    Ford Motor Company moving production out of United States after receiving American taxpayer bailout of 2009 $5.9 billion 0.25% loan; a 2009 $3 billion "cash for clunkers" program and a 2010 $250 million EXIM bank line of credit is disgraceful. Will Ford repay its 2009 $5.9 billion, 0.25% interest taxpayer subsidized loan before it moves production of fuel-efficient vehicles to Mexico? Is Ford using U.S. taxpayer funds for its $1.6 billion investment in Mexico? What will happen to Ford manufacturing and assembly when the 25% U.S. tariff on all imported trucks is removed?