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Ford Motor Company announced a $1.45 billion investment for two of its Michigan facilities that will be tasked with building the 2021 Bronco, as well as the next-generation 2022 Ford Ranger and 2021 F-150.

$750 million of the money will go towards the automaker’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant to build the all-new Ford Bronco, as well as the new Ford Ranger. The plan is to also add a modification center to support autonomous vehicles and “other vehicles,” per the announcement. Additionally, Ford will be creating 2,700 new jobs from this plan, which will span three years.

The other $700 million will go towards manufacturing the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 in Dearborn. This includes the F-150 Hybrid and an all-electric F-150, as well. 300 new jobs will come from this investment. The company will be assembling the battery cells for the electrified pickup trucks in Dearborn, as well.

The investment will bolster Ford’s position as the No. 1 vehicle producer in America.

It’s believed that the next-generation Ford Ranger will share its architecture with the all-new Volkswagen Amarok, which is a midsized pickup truck sold globally. Reports have also indicated that there are currently are no plans to electrify these new trucks like the larger F-150, and will instead utilize a more tried-and-true engine lineup consisting of an entry level turbocharged four cylinder engine, a reported 2.7L EcoBoost six as well as a 3.0L diesel engine. Both of which are currently found in the larger F-150 pickup truck.

Ford Bronco

Alongside the all-new Ranger at the Wayne assembly plant will be the Bronco, which is said to use the existing Ranger’s T6 architecture. There’s been no shortage of patent details, engine leaks, and other various teasers that continue to whet the appetites of off-road SUV enthusiasts. Expect the debut of the 2021 Ford Bronco to happen around the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in June.

2021 Ford F-150
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Bill Ford Jr. once described the upcoming electric Ford F-150 as a “watershed” moment for the entire automotive industry. And because there’s no engine, the electric pickup truck could have load-carrying space under the hood in addition to the traditional bed in the back. Much like the Bollinger B1, as well as the Rivian R1T. When it comes to the Rivian, Ford has invested $500 million into the startup electric lifestyle truck and SUV company.

Ford Ranger

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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