US: UAW says Ford to shutter Twin Cities in December
Heading into the sunset just before Christmas
According to a newsletter published by the United Auto Workers 879 local, Ford will end production of the Ranger pick-up at its Twin Cities plant on 22 December. The company is yet to comment on the claim.
Twin Cities, which is in St Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, has for several decades now built the Mazda-based model. The company signalled long ago that it would shutter the plant during 2011 but until today, no end-date had been revealed. The Ranger and rivals in its segment of the US market now sell in only small numbers due mostly to the affordability of full-sized models such as the Ford F-150.
Another Ford Ranger, an unrelated and larger pick-up which is presently being launched in markets throughout Europe, Asia and the Oceana, will not be sold in North America, Ford has stated on several occasions. That vehicle is made in Thailand and uses the new Ford Australia-developed T6 platform, as does its twin, the second generation Mazda BT-50. Ford is, however, expected to build the T6 Ranger in Argentina for certain markets in Central and South America.
Author: Glenn Brooks