Ford Motor Company is required to negotiate the contract it was with the UAW workforce every so often. As part of these contract negotiations, discussions of where future products are built often take place. Normally, these discussions are kept confidential, but occasionally we get a leak. That’s what we have to report today, all but confirming that the Bronco and Ranger are returning to the market in the United States.
According to a source at the Detroit Free Press, the contract currently be ratified discusses the products that’ll replace the Ford Focus and C-Max production at the Michigan Assembly. Since Ford is moving their car production out of the country, and truck production in, there needs to be something truck-like assembled in Michigan to keep the plant open. According to this source, that is the next-generation Ford Ranger and the new Ford Bronco.
These new products will be built on an all-new platform, and any other information beyond that is purely speculation. But now seems like a good time to bring the Ranger to the United States, since the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are doing so well, and the refreshed Toyota Tacoma is selling like crazy. It’d be silly for Ford to not get in on that action.
The Bronco is a tougher sell, but the rumor is that Ranger production wouldn’t take the entire capacity of Michigan Assembly. Building a Bronco on the same platform would fill out production and give Ford a reasonable Jeep fighter, if that’s their goal.
As we learn more, we’ll be sure to pass it on to you!
Bronco header image via Classic Ford Broncos.