Ford-UAW Deal: Ford Ranger and Bronco In, Taurus Out
Ford fanboys (this one included) will finally get the Wrangler-fighting sport utility they’ve been yearning for since the demise of the Blue Oval’s two-door SUV in the mid ’90s.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford is looking to get back into the newly re-energized midsize truck game with its global Ranger, and that truck brings with it a sport utility based on the same architecture. It’s widely believed that SUV will be none other than Bronco.
(It bugs me that it’s called Bronco. The long-gone model was based on the F-150 and the Ranger-based SUV was called Bronco II and later Explorer. This makes no sense! But I’ll take it.)
The two new models are to make home the Michigan Assembly Plant that will see its current models — the Focus and C-Max — heading south for a Mexican vacation in 2018. Production of the new models is expected to start sometime before 2020.
Details on the rumored Bronco are scarce, but industry observers believe it will follow a similar recipe used by the Jeep Wrangler.
Other Ford assembly plants will see changes as well, including Chicago, which is slated to lose the full-size Taurus sedan. TTAC’s former managing editor Derek Kreindler had speculated previously on the demise of the Taurus in North America, effectively turning the car into a China-only model. Lincoln MKC production is expected to fill the gap left by the discontinued sedan in Chicago.
The deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers union spells out $10,000 signing bonuses — $8,500 for ratification and $1,500 in advance profit-sharing payments — to approve the contract; a $1,750 annual bonus payout, similar to one in the proposed General Motors contract; a $70,000 early retirement buyout for senior workers; a $9 billion investment plan for Ford factories; and, pay increases for veteran Tier 1 and newer Tier 2 workers.
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I get that Alan Mulally has left the building, but did they forget his phone number? This is almost pre-bankruptcy-GM-like in its intentional overlapping of product. Somebody must have forgotten about the Explorer that will be parked on the same lot.
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