A representative for the United Automobile Workers (UAW) has confirmed what has been believed for quite some time: a new Ford Ranger and Bronco are coming and they will be built in the U.S.
“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,” Bill Johnson, who is the chairman of UAW Local 900 which represents the Wayne plant, told Detroit Free Press.
No timeline has been offered for when production of the new midsize pickup truck and SUV would start, though Ford has confirmed that it plans to begin small car production in Mexico by 2018. It is expected that the Ranger will launch first in 2018 with the Bronco coming in 2019 or 2020.
The move of Focus and C-Max production to Mexico has been in the news recently after presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned Ford for moving jobs out of the U.S., though Ford has said all along that no jobs will be lost. Until now, it wasn’t clear which products would be moved into Wayne Assembly to take the place of the Focus and C-Max.