DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is bringing the Bronco back and people are thanking Donald Trump for baiting United Auto Workers officials into confirming it.
Last month, Trump claimed on Fox News that Ford plans to “fire all its employees in the United States” as part of a plan to build a plant in Mexico.
Ford said there will be zero job losses in the U.S. as a result of the new plant in Mexico.
Production of the Focus and C-Max will move to Mexico, and the Wayne, Mich., plant will instead start building the new Bronco SUV and Ranger small pickup, CNN reported.
“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” the Detroit Free Press quoted Bill Johnson, UAW Local 900 chairman, as saying.
There are no official photos of the new Bronco from Ford, but Bronco6G.com came up with artist renderings of what it could look like.
“We fused styling elements from previous Bronco generations, the 2004 Bronco concept, and modern Ford trucks and SUVs,” the company said. “You can see the classic round headlights and square inset front grille evolved from the 1st gen Bronco, which was also showcased in the retro-futuristic 2004 Bronco concept.
“Our concept features a modern body on frame next generation Bronco that retains a tall, boxy, tough, no-frills design with a strong focus on utility and off-road capabilities. We fitted separate versions with different grilles, wheel fender shapes, varying ride heights, and cargo rack for some different looks.”
The news sparked lots of excitement from aficionados of the two-door SUV.
It also sparked lots of jokes about the timing coinciding with O.J. Simpson’s release from prison.
“But the white ones only go 15MPH on the freeway, tops,” @ commented.
“Does it come with gloves and a get out of jail free card??” @ wrote.
The news that Ford will also be bring back the Ranger was not met with quite as much excitement, but is still good news for UAW members in Michigan.
The Ranger has been offered in other markets for the past several years, according to AutoWeek.