Ford Ranger made in China? Blue Oval announces popular dual-cab will go into production in China for domestic market
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China will become one of the few countries in the world to build the Ford Ranger as the brand announced at the Shanghai Auto Show the popular dual-cab ute is set to go on sale there “soon”.
Likely to be built with slightly different specifications to international markets like Australia, the China-built Ranger would likely only be a domestic market product, unlikely to replace the version built in Thailand and sold internationally.
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The current generation Ranger is also built in South Africa and Vietnam. In the US, the Michigan plant responsible is yet to begin production of the new Ford Ranger.
Ford China’s CEO says the “Chinese market holds strategic significance for Ford”, and called the Ranger, among the other announcements and vehicles it brought to Shanghai, “products and experiences that resonate with Chinese customers”.
If Australians weren’t already jealous of some of the Blue Oval products offered in other markets, Ford also announced it would bring the Ford Bronco to China, though made no mention of local production.
For the Ranger, Ford hasn’t specified details or timing of Chinese production of launch, though the company does have a joint venture manufacturing plant with local company Changan Automobile, where it builds various models from the Explorer to the Mustang Mach-E.