In a presentation to investors last month, Dana announced it would be supplying axles to Ford for its Bronco and Ranger pairing.
According to The Toledo Blade, the Ohio-based company confirmed Ford’s newest trucks would arrive with “front and rear axles featuring our latest AdvanTEK gear technology,” along with Dana supplied rear driveshafts. Dana’s confirmation doesn’t necessarily mean the Bronco and Ranger will get solid axles front and back, the company supplies AdvanTEK technology for both beam axle and independent suspension designs.
A Ford spokesperson wouldn’t be drawn on further details, but did tell Automotive News “it will meet the needs of our most demanding off-road enthusiasts. We will have more information to share about Bronco’s suspension closer to launch.”
The same Dana facility that will supply axles for the 2019 Ranger and 2020 Bronco, will begin producing axles for the new Wrangler starting in November with production for the Fords expected to ramp up during 2018. Dana also announced the Ford contract will result in at least 300 new jobs at the company’s Toledo plant.