WESTLAND, Mich. – Pickup truck fanatics everywhere, put on your party hats. According to inside sources familiar with Ford Motor Co.’s plans, the Ford Ranger is coming back to the U.S. to be manufactured at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.
Ford is negotiating a contract with the United Auto Workers to manufacture the acclaimed midsize pickup in 2018. Ford’s board of directors and the union will solidify plans once they reach an agreement.
To the chagrin of truck fans across America, Ranger production in the U.S. ended in 2011 when the last model rolled of the defunct Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Minnesota. Ford manufactures the 2016 Ranger in South Africa, Argentina, Thailand, and Nigeria for 180 overseas markets, however, importing the pickup to the U.S. would come with a 25% tariff called the “chicken tax,” which explains the lack of Rangers you see on the road.
At the core of the discussion is whether or not the Ranger would be a fitting vehicle for the plant and its 4,500 workers to manufacture in lieu of the Ford Focus and C-Max, which would be moved down to Mexico. The Ford Ranger coming back to the U.S. would help the automaker compete against sales of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier in an emerging midsize truck segment. It would also help Ford meet the federal government’s increasing fuel-economy standards for fleets.
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