Ford to Invest $850 Million to Build New Ranger, Bronco

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Updating and retooling a production plant can be expensive. Case in point: Ford just announced it will invest $850 million to retool and upgrade the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, slated to produce the new compact Ranger pickup truck by the end of 2018 and the Bronco SUV by 2020. The upgrade is scheduled to start in May 2018.

Ford also will invest $150 million in the Romeo Engine Plant to increase its capacity to produce engine components, some of which also will be used in the two new trucks. Currently, the Romeo plant makes engine parts for the Super Duty, high-performance Mustangs, E-Series vans and several SUVs.

Additionally, Ford will invest $200 million in the Flat Rock Assembly Plant to create a second data center (the first is at Ford's Dearborn headquarters) to help vehicles become more connected and improve mobility services for autonomous and electrified vehicles. It all adds up to a total of $1.2 billion in plant investments.

Ford says it will follow the same changeover strategy used to overhaul its two Ford F-150 plants, which took a relatively short time and had to be upgraded with machinery to accommodate the new aluminum body panels and the special adhesives and rivets used to attach them. To date, Ford has made no announcement about using aluminum in the new Ranger and Bronco, but if the successful F-150 and new Super Duty pickups are any indication, we're guessing there will be a great deal of light-weighting going for both new trucks.

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Best news I've heard all day.

Best news I've heard all day.

Excellent news & great for the US economy but cue up some negativity remarks from GMSUCKS aka johnny dumb dumb doeby,

But as I own a global Ranger & know how great this truck is (it beats all the global mid-sizer offerings from the competition); I have no doubt Ford's new US Ranger will certainly improve from an already fantastic platform that will definitely wipe the floor with all the current US mid-sizer offerings & re-take back the crown from Toy makers.

But in fact I am more curious & excited to learn more about the Bronco; with the huge fan following & very little details known (looks/final designs plus which direction they will take it) - this has to be the most anticipated truck Ford has built in years...can't wait :-))

1.2 BILLION
Wow, that's a lot of dough, supporting a lot of jobs. And all that just to get to the starting line of ongoing production and jobs for the future. Fantastic news!

Great news for the American economy. Maybe when Ford brings back the Bronco, GM will get serious about a body on frame small suv again (think ZR2 Blazer)- no bigger.

If the Ranger and Bronco is what Ford is bringing to market then GM need not worry a bit. However, that Ranger may appeal to female buyers.

A new Ranger should do well. The Colorado/Canyon have done better than they were originally expected to do. Having one more midsize truck that is more up-to-date might give Toyota an incentive to release an all new Toyota instead of just an update. I am curious to see what the new Bronco will look like.

Fantastic news! The best keeps getting better everyday.

Great, another Bronco 11, Roll over prone. Full size doesn't tow good because of the short wheel base. Their is a reason they disappeared. They sucked.

I just came back from (Nayarit)Mexico.i saw the ford ranger,very nice truck . The toyota hilux was very nice but I spoke to a few people and they rather have the Nissan Navarra .the Nissan was the one that l saw on the roads the most best looking one of all the midsize trucks.

I was in Cancun last December and saw a Global Ranger, Nissan Navarra, Mitsubishi Triton, Fiat Strada Toyota Hilux, the Brazian Chevy S-10, and a few other midsize and compact trucks.

So?

ecoboost and 8 speed omg all aluminum bod hotdang,payload and hp will dessimate the comp.

I will only be interested if the Ranger will be offered with a small diesel. I wouldn't expect one in the first couple years but if Ford has no plans for small diesel at any time, then no thank you.


just came back from (Nayarit)Mexico.i saw the ford ranger,very nice truck . The toyota hilux was very nice but I spoke to a few people and they rather have the Nissan Navarra .the Nissan was the one that l saw on the roads the most best looking one of all the midsize trucks.

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No one will wants this turd once this gets out.

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I just came back from (Nayarit)Mexico.i saw the ford ranger,very nice truck . The toyota hilux was very nice but I spoke to a few people and they rather have the Nissan Navarra .the Nissan was the one that l saw on the roads the most best looking one of all the midsize trucks.

Posted by: Raul Bronson | Mar 28, 2017 7:34:55 PM

Looks are debatable but if you check out 4WD sites South Africa, Aussie & NZ & you will see the 6 yr old global Ranger trumps this new meek effort from Nissan & the new Hilux too.

Probably the best thing (or disadvantage) Navarra has over the others is coil springs all around so a great soft drive but we all know the limitations to that too aka RAM trucks...

I cannot wait to get my 2020 Tacoma!

WHY??? are they making a Ranger Truck when the F-150 hauls and tows MORE and gets BETTER MPG's ?
WHY? is Ford investing $$ BILLIONS on a Ranger that will NEVER sell ?

So sad that the manufacturers have abandoned those of us who like the size of the just discontinued Ranger. Sorry Ford, but I will buy used as the mid sized trucks are just too big for my uses.

"WHY??? are they making a Ranger Truck when the F-150 hauls and tows MORE and gets BETTER MPG's ? WHY? is Ford investing $$ BILLIONS on a Ranger that will NEVER sell ?"
---- Posted by: Tom #3 | Mar 29, 2017 3:23:35 AM

Maybe because a statistically-significant number of buyers are recognizing that the F-150 has grown too large and they simply don't NEED more hauling and towing capacity? And you simply don't know what the fuel mileage difference will be, so that's a specious argument.

@Sierra--So?

These trucks are available in North America and could be available in the US and Canada if the market grows and the manufacturers see a market for them. There are many Global sized trucks that have been on the Global market that have been available for years. The Colorado/Canyon are based on the Global Colorado and the new Ranger will most likely be based on the Global Ranger. These are proven in the Global market.

I'm predicting the Ranger will quickly overtake the GM twins.

, Man They keep moving the dates out, just like GM did with the twins, I kept waiting and waiting, finally my truck could not make it any further so I settled. Ford announced 2 years ago they were going to make the Ranger in the US. at least the union did after negotiations. All the websites (like this one) was saying the Ranger in 2018 and Bronco in 2019, now supposedly Ford is saying 2019 and 2020 respectively??????

@sierra you should be worried Sierra is already in 4th place and going down hill fast. Ford is smart, hence why they are number 1. I don't agree with the Ranger either either, but hey when you this far ahead why not extend the lead on the competition.

Probably the best thing (or disadvantage) Navarra has over the others is coil springs all around so a great soft drive but we all know the limitations to that too aka RAM trucks...


Posted by: Lionel | Mar 28, 2017 10:42:42 PM

Ya, that explains the best in class 2500 RAM.

It should be noted the $850 million investment in Michigan Assembly and $150 million investment in Romeo Engine were not "just" announced. They were part of the 2015 contract agreement with the UAW where Ford committed to spending $9 billion in U.S. product.

It's good to see the Ranger finally make it back here ...... only 9 years behind the rest of the world. The same can be said for the Frontier ...... we are still waiting.

I suppose the Colorado eventually made an appearance.

How can we start receiving modern pickups as they are released?

Why not import them?

What is forcing us to drive revamped and outdated pickups?

Are we no longer the leaders in pickups?

This is really amoment to not celebrate, it a moment to ask questions on why are we behind the rest of the world.

You got it backwards. You're behind us. Midsizers are bringing up the rear.

More junk from Trash Motor Company.

jim,
How is WA behind OR or NY?

What state are from? Or are you Caanadian;)

@Wild Willy, the Chicken Tax is keeping us from importing trucks from the rest of the world. It is an antiquated tax that outlived it's usefulness 40 years ago, but UAW and Big 3 are making sure it doesn't get repealed. They can't handle the competition, and yes, competition makes things better.

There was some hope that the TPP would repeal the Chicken Tax, but even then, the CT would be slowly phased out (e.g., 20 years for Japan). Now TPP is dead with the current administration, which is a huge benefit for China.

@ Longboat

I hope you aren't confused about the TPP

It was DoA in Congress. Obama failed to earn the respect of his partners in Congress and found himself unable to make the moves he wanted without using executive orders.

The idea of fewer trade restrictions sounds good on paper but the reality is that governments generally don't want free trade. It's better for consumers, it enhances productivity and makes shooting wars less attractive, but the US has been getting hosed at the negotiating table for decades.

Time to take a new look at these deals and try to save the ones worth saving. The rest? Trash em.

Wait a minute.....I thought all the Ford guys were against a mid sized truck. I thought the aluminum ecosboost F 150 negated the need for Ford to have a small truck. Weren't the Ford guys saying there isn't enough difference in size and price to justify a mid sizer. I thought the minor fuel economy gains wouldn't be enough to sway customers away from the full-sizer offerings. I thought a mid-sizer would cannibalize full-size truck sales.

Now, all of a sudden, the Ford guys are wrings their hands waiting on this super duper mid-size truck.

Classic.....

The article states " slated to produce the new compact Ranger pickup truck by the end of 2018".

Is that a typo or is Ford planning to make a true compact truck?



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