Truck lovers, rejoice: the 2019 Ford Ranger is on its way. In late October, Ford began production on this all-new vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant, marking the occasion with quite the celebration. The automaker constructed an off-road course in the parking lot and invited the plant’s 3,000 employees to take part in the festivities. As Erik Williams, the Michigan Assembly Plant Manager, stated, “We have been waiting for this day for a long time. The Ranger is back home in the U.S., and our employees at Michigan Assembly Plant are thrilled to be able to build it for our customers.”
The new Ford Ranger is part of a larger rejuvenation project for the Michigan Assembly Plant, which has been a staple of the Ford family since 1957. To pave the way for the Ranger’s production, Ford invested $850 million into the plant. The plant will also produce the all-new Ford Bronco, which is expected to begin production in 2020. Not only are these cars geared towards American drivers, but their production at the Michigan Assembly Plant provides well-paying jobs for Americans.
The Ford Ranger is a midsize pickup that arrives to compete. This tough and sophisticated truck will come equipped with a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 270 horsepower and boasts best-in-class torque, towing, and payload. Ford has been closely monitoring the wants and needs of American drivers, and the Ranger will surely capture the hearts of many adventurers.
The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco will make its triumphant return, sometime very soon. In fact, we have reason to believe that a brand new edition of the Ford Bronco could be on the road as early as 2020.
Talk of the upcoming Ford Ranger pickup has been accompanied by details of the new Ford Bronco, with both vehicles likely fitting into two release slots previously confirmed by Ford: 2018 and 2020.
The last edition of the Ford Bronco ended production in 1996, so this return has been a long time in the making. This previous model was based on the Ford F-150, but we think it’s likely that both the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco will be built on the same base.
No official specs or details have been revealed about the new Ford Bronco yet, and it’s hard to speculate exactly what its price would be. We think it’s safe to say that – at the rate Ford models escalate each year – a 2020 Ford Bronco would be incredible.
Would you be interested in an all-new Ford Bronco? Come visit us anytime at Friendly Ford to learn more or to check out our currently available models!
The Kansas City Royals are returning to Major League Baseball as the league champions and Ford is celebrating in their own way. Fan Marc Lassalle emailed Ford after the team took the championship with a suggestion for a limited edition vehicle. The Detroit-based automaker eventually invited him to join the company’s executives at the Kansas City Assembly Plant for the unveiling of the Ford F-150 MVP Edition.
The Ford F-150 has been built in Kansas City since 1957. The last time the Royals won the championship in 1985, Ford responded with an MVP edition of the Ranger.
Based on the XLT trim, buyers in Kansas City can choose between white and paint. The truck comes with polished rocker panels and special badging, among other cosmetic additions.
The special edition F-150 comes at the perfect time given the Midwest Ford dealers have just renewed their sponsorship of the Royals for the 2016 season.
Only 300 Ford F-150 MPV Editions will hit the streets. Once those models—60% of which are “flame blue” and 40% are “Oxford white”—are gone, the model will go out of production.
While we here at Friendly Ford are proud to see Ford creating special models to celebrate sporting events close to the company’s heart!
It wasn’t long ago that most heavy hitting automakers cut smaller pickups and truck-based SUVs from their lineups. Times have changed and with General Motors bringing back the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, it may be time for another midsize pickup to return. Word on the street is that Ford is considering reviving the Ranger.
General Motors and Jeep have been rolling in sales as a result of lower gas and oil prices. Truck sales have been soaring. The full-size F-150 pickup is a bestseller but that still leaves Ford losing out in the midsize truck market.
Ford has discussed bringing a midsize pickup and SUV to the lines at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit. The plant had been transformed during the recession to produce small cars and hybrids. Previously, the plant built Expeditions, F-150s, Lincoln Navigators, and Broncos.
With Ford moving the Focus and C-Max out of the country, that leaves plenty of open floor space. Rumor has it the pickup and SUV could be in production as soon as 2018, although there’s no confirmation on the plan.
While the common belief is that the Ford Ranger returning would hurt F-series sales, that idea seems unlikely. The average transaction price of an F-series truck now reaches over $40,000. That’s quite a bit of wiggle room for the smaller Ranger.
We here at Friendly Ford are ecstatic to see what will come out of the Michigan Assembly Plant!