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FORD SHUTS DOWN RANGER PLANT, FCA SHUTS DOWN RAM 1500 PLANT

Workers Are Beginning To Test Positive For COVID-19

Ford Ranger

Ford Motor Company has announced today that it will temporarily close a section of its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan building after one of the employees there tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. The Michigan Assembly plant currently builds the Ford Ranger and will be the production location of the 2021 Ford Bronco, as well. Not far away, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles suspended production of its 2020 Ram 1500 assembly plant in Sterling Heights after an employee tested positive for the illness.

The shutdowns came after a special task force made of both UAW and Detroit Three officials met yesterday evening to figure out ways to keep vehicle production alive during this unprecedented pandemic. The idea of such a thing appears impossible, and the UAW has already signaled that it’s looking for a two-week shutdown. Although now, the companies would schedule rotation shifts that would partially close plants and allow for greater space between workers. It’s likely that these provisions will shift to something more significant, such as entire plant closures.

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These measures appear half-baked when compared to what Honda is doing, as it shut down production all across North America. citing a drop in demand, the truth is beginning to reveal itself in early automotive sales data. With the market crashing and people staying home, foot traffic across car dealers nationwide has taken a nose dive. Thus, so have deliveries. It’s safe to say that Q1 2020 automotive sales are going to be a blood bath, with no brand getting out of this unscathed.

However, if you are interested in the perfect vehicle to help you escape the panic and mayhem of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve divulged a comprehensive list of new trucks and utility vehicles for you to consider. With prices ranging from the high $20,000’s to nearly $2 million.

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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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