Ford Ranger to return to U.S.?
A report from Detroit indicates that Ford and the UAW are in talks to bring the Ford Ranger midsize pickup back to the U.S. market.
According to Automotive News, Ford and union leaders are working to bring a new vehicle to the company’s Michigan Assembly Plant when production of its compact vehicles ceases there after 2018.
Ford announced in July that production of its Focus and C-Max models would move out of the United States when the current model cycle ends. Although Mexico is rumored to be the leading candidate for future, Ford has not confirmed where those next-generation models will be built.
“No decision has been made as of yet,” Ford said regarding Focus and C-Max production. “The company is currently reviewing several possible options and will share details once studies are complete.”
Te previous U.S.-market Ranger was considerably smaller than the F-150, but the model that is currently sold overseas is positioned in those markets as a large truck. If it were to return, the Ranger would compete with the Toyota Tacoma, the Nissan Frontier and the Chevrolet Colorado/ GMC Canyon twins.