In recent months, customers in Argentina and Latin America have been buying up Ford Ranger pickups in increasingly large quantities, which has prompted Ford to increase its Ranger production volume at the Ford Pacheco Assembly Plant in Argentina to 286 units per day as of April 29th, which is 30 percent higher than its pre-pandemic level. To achieve this increase in Ranger production, 256 additional workers have been brought on board, who join the 323 added back in 2020.
The Pacheco plant is the Ranger’s source of supply for the Latin American markets, to which it allocates 70 percent of its total production. Ford previously added a second shift at the plant back in 2020 to meet the growing demand for its mid-size pickup in South America.
This production bump comes on the heels of Ford’s announcement late last year that it will invest $580 million to produce the next-gen Ranger at the Pacheco plant. The next-generation Ford Ranger is scheduled to enter production in 2023. In total, 70 percent of next-gen Ranger production at the Pacheco Plant will be destined for export markets.
The investment includes a major modernization of the Pacheco Plant and a significant investment in locating auto parts, to which around 30 percent of the investment will be allocated. Currently, Ford has over 3,000 employees in Argentina.
In North America, the Ranger is produced at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, along with the Ford Bronco, with which it shares the Ford T6 Platform. In recent months, quite a few rumors have surfaced regarding the next-generation Ranger, including the possibility of a plug-in hybrid model, the arrival of the Ranger Raptor in the U.S., and speculation that the American Ranger Raptor could come equipped with Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6.