Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Ford | posted October 05, 2016 09:56
Ranger also to return to US, to be built in Michigan
Ford did not take kindly to the comments U.S Presidential candidate Donald Trump said when the automaker is shifting production of the Focus to Mexico. During the first presidential debate, Trump said, “Ford is leaving, you see that their small car division is leaving, thousands of jobs leaving Michigan"
William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company was swift to respond to Trump's comments. “We pulled ourselves up with our bootstraps, we paid back our borrowings, we are very healthy again, we’ve been adding jobs in the U.S and we’re the largest manufacturer of cars and trucks in the U.S.,” said Ford. However, during the ongoing war of the words, a UAW chairman has also revealed Ford's plans for 2018.
As words get more heated between the Ford and Trump, UAW Local 900 chairman Bill Johnson said that two new truck offerings will be built and made available in the US market in the near future. Rebutting Trump, Johnson said, “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.”
Johnson's statement confirms the return of the 1 ton pickup and PPV to the U.S market. The Ranger nameplate makes a comeback after it was discontinued in the country in 2012. As for the Bronco, the nameplate has remained dormant since 1997 when it was replaced by the Expedition. It also hints that an all-new Ranger may be coming in a few years time and the sixth-generation Bronco will be based on Ranger platform.
This also confirms our earlier report of Ford considering the Ranger's comeback to the U.S, seeing that it has been racking up sales, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The Bronco meanwhile may become the U.S-spec next-gen Ford Everest.