While the Ford Bronco has already been announced for areas outside the U.S. – including the Middle East – FoMoCo has had some trouble producing enough units of its reborn SUV to meet demand thus far. The automaker recently stopped taking reservations for the 2021 Ford Bronco due to hardtop and other supply constraints and pushed all non-scheduled hardtop orders to the 2022 model year. Ford has started a new customer satisfaction plan for customers affected by hardtop quality issues and delays as well. However, that won’t stop the automaker from thinking about launching the Bronco in other places, including Europe, according to a new report from Auto Express.
“I’m just waiting for these guys [Ford of Europe] to make up their mind,” Ford CEO Jim Farley told Auto Express in a recent interview. “Absolutely, it works. I see all these [Land Rover] Defenders around – absolutely. I think it would work fine.”
While the Ford Bronco may eventually be sold in Europe, it likely won’t be available as a right-hand drive model. As Ford Authority reported earlier this year, the automaker currently has no plans to build a Bronco in that configuration, noting that the SUV “isn’t built for right-hand drive,” even though the Bronco shares the Ford T6 Platform with the Ford Ranger – which is sold in right-hand drive configuration across the globe in places like Europe, South Africa, and Australia.
Regardless, most European countries utilize left-hand drive vehicles, and the projected sales of such a model in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the United Kingdom just aren’t high enough to justify the cost of building a right-hand drive Bronco.
Regardless, it’s unclear when Ford might actually be able to launch the Bronco in Europe, as the automaker recently admitted that production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant will be limited through 2022.
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