In the first days of the new administration, it seems the auto industry is a big priority. On Monday, President Donald Trump met with more than a dozen CEOs (including those of Ford and Tesla) to promote U.S. manufacturing and jobs, then Tuesday he met with the CEOs of Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and GM to discuss the loosening of environmental regulations to help increase U.S. vehicle production.
This focus lines up with Trump's campaign rhetoric in which he repeatedly mentioned automakers, separately criticizing Ford and GM for their plans to build plants in Mexico. Our friends at Cars.com have a breakdown of the new president's plans and actions, which will be updated as more news breaks.
What does this mean for pickup trucks? The view forward is unclear but there are quite a few pickup trucks currently manufactured in Mexico; those include various models of Ram 1500 and Ram HD, and the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cabs. Toyota is also set to expand their Tacoma production facility in Tijuana sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.
And for those wondering about the officially announced 2019 Ford Ranger, it will be built in Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, in Wayne, Michigan.