Here’s What the UAW Deal Reveals About Upcoming Ford Vehicles
Ford Motor Company and United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement on Nov. 15 valued at $6 billion in investments and 8,500 American jobs secured. And while the agreement is certainly good news for employees in Ford facilities across the states, it’s already paying dividends by giving us a peek at some upcoming Ford vehicles to expect between now and 2023.
The UAW lays out how the investment spreads across 19 production facilities in the United States and what it means in the scheme of things. The largest portion of the investment — $1.1 billion — goes to Michigan Assembly to cover the cost of “swinggates” for the upcoming Bronco, which suggests a rear door closer to that of the EcoSport rather than the up-down liftgates of most modern SUVs. Additionally, it appears that Ford will bringing the next-generation Ranger to the United States some time over the next three years, which bodes well if you’re eager to get your hands on a Ranger Raptor.
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Kentucky Truck Plant receives $1 billion, which includes production of hybrid versions of the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Both are early into their current lifecycle, so the Expedition and Navigator hybrid could be offered as part of a mid-cycle refresh. Ohio Assembly Plant receives $900 billion, which will cover a new product to be added in 2023.
Dearborn Truck Plant gets $700 million, which covers the next-generation Ford F-150, F-150 hybrid, all-electric Ford F-150, and the all-new Raptor. F-150 production duties will also continue at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which gets $400 million in investments.
At Flat Rock Assembly Plant, $250 million will cover production of the all-new Mustang. There will likely be an additional product added by 2023 as the Lincoln Continental will be built to the end of its life cycle before being discontinued.
Finally, Chicago Assembly Plant and Louisville Assembly Plant receive $200 million and $100 million, respectively, to stay the course with current products. The remainder of the investment was shared among five engine plants, three transmission plants, and four stamping plants. Full details on the 2019-2023 contract are available through the UAW.