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

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
uaw plant chairman confirms ford ranger bronco revival in trump comments

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 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.

  • Malcolm Mini temporarily halted manual transmission production but brought it back as it was a surprisingly good seller. The downside is that they should have made awd standard with the manual instead of nixing it. Ford said recently that 4dr were 7% manual take rate and I think the two door was 15%.
  • Master Baiter It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future. It will be interesting to see if demand for Ford’s EVs will match the production capacity they are putting on line.
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