Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ford Made Deal to Bring Back Ranger

Ford ranger
United Auto Workers (UAW) union leaders signed off on a tentative agreement with Ford last 9 November that would deliver US$ 10,000 in signing bonuses to every worker and US$ 9 billion in new U.S. product investments, retaining or creating 8,500 jobs.

Now it is time for the members to vote.

The new-product investments include a commitment by Ford to bring its Ranger midsize pickup back to America and to revive the storied Bronco nameplate. Both would be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant which will stop making the Ford Focus and C-Max families of vehicles there in 2018.

Production of the Bronco is expected to start after the Ranger and no later than 2020, according to a person briefed on the agreement who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The Ranger will enter a revived field of smaller pickups while the Bronco, known to off-roaders from the 1960s, would likely be aimed at the four-wheel-drive, dirt trail-ready market.

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