UAW Plant Chairman Confirms Ford Ranger, Bronco Revival in Trump Comments

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Will they, or won’t they? That’s the question nagging the minds of Ford Ranger and Bronco fans as they patiently await an official announcement from the automaker on the models’ return.

The Blue Oval will only confirm that two new products will take the place of the soon-to-depart Focus and C-Max at the Michigan Assembly Plant. However, in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments about Ford, the plant’s UAW chairman identified those products to the Detroit Free Press.

As plant chairman for UAW Local 900, Bill Johnson represents workers at the Wayne, Michigan facility. He took exception to Trump’s recent claim that Ford was moving jobs south of the border to Mexico. Indeed, the automaker’s small car production is headed south — it’s the destination of choice for many automakers looking to free up domestic plants for higher-profit vehicles.

Still, Johnson argued, those Michigan jobs won’t disappear.

“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 told Freep.

Aha. Ford remains tight-lipped on future products, but we give thanks to those who blab.

The Focus and C-Max head to Mexico by 2018, at which point a pickup and SUV based on it will appear, likely as 2019 models. Ford promised the new product during last year’s UAW negotiations.

After vacating the North American market for years, the Ranger nameplate will return on a midsize pickup built on global architecture. That market segment has recently grown too hot for Ford to ignore.

While there’s no mystery as to the dimensions and layout of the Ranger, much speculation surrounds the Bronco. Will it be offered in a two-door? Can we expect a removable top? When O.J. gets out, will he return to the brand? Bronco fans, including TTAC’s managing editor, need to know.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 01, 2016

    People expecting another Ranger-sized Ranger might be disappointed. The old Ranger was about the size of a 1955 F-100, but I suspect the new Ranger will be larger. The money is now in extended cab and four door pickups with options no one dreamed of in 1955 (or 1985).

    • JimZ JimZ on Oct 01, 2016

      I own an "old" (PN150) Ranger, and have driven the new one. Your size comparisons are grossly inaccurate.

  • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Oct 01, 2016

    I'll just leave this here for posterity: 2011 Ranger SuperCab/6' bed 4x4: Wheelbase: 125.9" Overall length: 203.6" Height: 67.7" Width: 71.3" T6 Ranger 4x4: WB: 127" (+0.87%) OAL: 211" (+3.63%, and 6.3 of those 7.4 extra inches went to front overhang) H: 71.5" (+5.61%, and also the dimension that contributes most to the perception of size) W: 72.8" (+2.10%) When the T6 Ranger comes over here, it'll almost certainly get a beefier-looking front end like the Colorado, which might add a little more front overhang.

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Oct 02, 2016

      @Drzhivago138 It will almost certainly be in a similar size range, but not exactly the same.

  • C-b65792653 I'm starting to wonder about Elon....again!!I see a parallel with Henry Ford who was the wealthiest industrialist at one time. Henry went off on a tangent with the peace ship for WWI, Ford TriMotor, invasive social engineering, etc. Once the economy went bad, the focus fell back to cars. Elon became one of the wealthiest industrialist in the 21st century. Then he went off with the space venture, boring holes in the ground venture, "X" (formerly Twitter), etc, etc, etc. Once Tesla hit a plateau and he realized his EVs were a commodity, he too is focused on his primary money making machine. Yet, I feel Elon is over reacting. Down sizing is the nature of the beast in the auto industry; you can't get around that. But hacking the Super Charger division is like cutting off your own leg. IIRC, GM and Ford were scheduled to sign on to the exclusive Tesla charging format. That would have doubled or tripled his charging opportunity. I wonder what those at the Renaissance Center and the Glass House are thinking now. As alluded to, there's blood in the water and other charging companies will fill the void. I believe other nations have standardized EV charging (EU & China). Elon had the chance to have his charging system as the default in North America. Now, he's dropped the ball. He's lost considerable influence on what the standardized format will eventually be. Tremendous opportunity lost. 🚗🚗🚗
  • Tassos I never used winter tires, and the last two decades I am driving almost only rear wheel drive cars, half of them in MI. I always bought all season tires for them, but the diff between touring and non touring flavors never came up. Does it make even the smallest bit of difference? (I will not read the lengthy article because I believe it does not).
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  • Lou_BC Mustang sedan? 4 doors? A quarterhorse?Ford nomenclature will become:F Series - Pickups Raptor - performance division Bronco - 4x4 SUV/CUVExplorer - police fleetsMustang- cars
  • Ede65792611 Got one. It was my Dad's and now has 132K on it. I pay my Mercedes guy zillions of dollars to keep it going. But, I do, and he does and it's an excellent vehicle. I've put in the full Android panel for BT handsfree and streaming with a backup cam.