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The Off-Road SUV Has Dealt With Enough Delays, And It’s Time To Get This Party Started

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The 2021 Ford Bronco was originally supposed to be revealed in March 2020. Then Covid crashed into the United States like a tidal wave. Then the Bronco was rescheduled for a summer debut. But it was OJ Simpson’s birthday. Eventually, the reveal happened, albeit online. A technique that many brands have followed for their vehicles since. Then came word that a supplier-related issue would stymie the early 2021 launch timeframe of the Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door, frustrating customers. The delay now has the 2021 Bronco hitting dealerships by summer 2021. And, wouldn’t you know it, another obstacle is now in the way of Ford Motor Company that’s keeping this prized horse in the stable even longer. We’re talking of course about the global semiconductor microchip shortage.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong
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2021 Ford Bronco Plant Gets Extended Shutdown

According to a CNBC report, Ford Motor Company will add two weeks of downtime starting May 17 at its Michigan Assembly plant. This is the sole facility where the US and Canadian Ford Ranger midsize pickup is built, as well as what will be the 2021 Ford Bronco.

According to Ford’s communications team, the extended shutdown won’t impact the automaker’s plan to begin delivering 2021 Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door SUVs to dealers and customers. However, it’s likely that select packages and content on some orders may be set back. According to the Bronco6G forum, some customers are seeing their 2021 Ford Bronco builds being pushed back as much as three weeks. However, the timeframe remains in within Ford’s summertime promise.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review First Ridealong
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Adding To The List Of Bronco Delays

Previous reports have indicated that Ford has been forced to punt some 2021 Bronco content to the 2022 model year due to supplier issues. This includes the Sasquatch Package with a manual transmission, as well as the black modular hard top. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package with the 10-speed automatic, as well as colorized hard tops are still on schedule.

Other than Michigan Assembly, Ford said it was adding shutdowns during that two-week timeframe at the Ford Explorer plant in Chicago, the Ford Mustang plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and the Ford Super Duty plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door Trail Rig Concept
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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