After much speculation, it has been settled that the highly acclaimed Ford Bronco will be back on production and might possibly be released together with another classic, the Ford Ranger.
Bill Johnson, representative of the United Auto Workers (UAW) for Ford, confirmed that the two models will be indeed returning (at most in 2020) with the Michigan plant targeted as the base for manufacturing.
This decision was preceded by an investment plan that was lobbied by the UAW to the automaker last year in a bid to help secure employment to no more than 8,000 employees working for Ford's various manufacturing factories across the country, Gearheads reports.
In the said plan, Ford will be favoring that the production of trucks remain within the United States while smaller cars such as the Ford Focus will be sent over to their remote factories like in Mexico. With this, at least $9 billion dollars is reserved for the rehabilitation of at least 21 facilities to help expedite manufacturing. For the production of Bronco and Ranger, the company will be allocating $700 million dollars to the Michigan plant.
Johnson adds that this move is profitable for both ends as it has been seen that trucks are far more profitable than smaller cars and at the same time, it will help prevent any kinds of layoffs from taking place.
"We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly, that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does," he said.
According to Road and Track, the big reveal on Bronco and Ranger's return was also triggered when presidential candidate Donald Trump made a remark during the first presidential debate that Ford is trying to cut off labor force in America.
The said statement was highly contested by Johnson in an interview with Freep, saying that Trump needs to double check his statements because Ford has done as much as it could regarding its workforce.
"I think Trump needs to get his facts straight. He is absolutely beating up on Ford for doing what everybody else has already done," Johnson adds.