Already on sale in a number of global markets, the all-new, next-generation 2024 Ford Ranger was originally slated to launch in the U.S. this past summer, with production set to being at the Michigan Assembly plant on August 21st, though that date was later pushed back by one week. Regardless, even then, production remained severely constrained as FoMoCo managed to build just 151 examples of the redesigned mid-size pickup that month, and a couple of weeks later, the United Auto Workers (UAW) began its targeted strike against the automaker at MAP, which meant that just 15 units of the 2024 Ford Ranger were built in September, and as one might imagine, that number declined even further in October, according to Ford’s Q3 sales report.
Last month, exactly zero 2024 Ford Ranger pickups were built at the Michigan Assembly plant, which isn’t a huge surprise given the fact that the strike shut down production there for essentially the entire month. Ford and the UAW reached a tentative agreement on a new contract late in the day on October 25th, and workers began returning to the plant shortly thereafter.
Ford also recently began calling back workers at MAP that it had laid off as a result of the strike, which means that things should ramp up relatively quickly moving forward, hopefully. As Ford Authority previously reported, in addition to the strike, customer build dates for the 2024 Ford Ranger keep getting pushed back as a result of supply chain constraints, according to the automaker.
There’s also the matter of Ford’s deal with the UAW being tentative, meaning that it isn’t official yet. Rather, union workers must vote to approve it first, even though they’ve already returned to work. However, as Ford Authority reported earlier today, workers at the Michigan Assembly plant overwhelmingly approved the deal, which bodes well for the remaining facilities that have yet to vote on the matter.