Though it’s been on sale in other parts of the world for more than a year now, 2024 Ford Ranger production at the Michigan Assembly plant in the U.S. has faced its fair share of problems since its debut, regardless. Production of the redesigned pickup was originally slated to begin at MAP on August 21st, but was later pushed back one week, and precious few models have rolled off the assembly line in the months since. Part of this can be blamed on the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike that halted production at MAP for a few weeks – coupled with ongoing supply chain issues, according to FoMoCo – but the good news is, 2024 Ford Ranger production did increase between November and December 2023, at least, according to the automaker’s latest sales report.
2024 Ford Ranger production has been severely constrained for months now, with just 259 units being built in August, followed by 15 in September and zero in October as the UAW strike halted assembly lines. In November, MAP churned out 256 examples of the brand new mid-size pickup, and that number increased by 57 percent in December – to a paltry 402 units. That also means Ford built a total of 29,558 Rangers in the 2023 calendar year, a figure that pales in comparison to the Ford Bronco – which is also built at MAP – as the rugged SUV closed out the year at 128,188 units.
Aside from the aforementioned supply chain issues, it’s unclear if there are other issues impacting 2024 Ford Ranger production. As was the case with the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape and redesigned 2023 Ford Super Duty, it’s possible that the automaker is slowing things down to address potential quality issues, though it hasn’t said if this is the case or not.
Meanwhile, the 2024 Ford Ranger is brand new from the ground up, with fresh styling inside and out, new tech features, and it’s also gaining the STX Appearance Package as standard equipment and the twin turbocharged 2.7L V6 EcoBoost as an option.