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, and is still seemingly in the pre-production phase. 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. However, Ford Ranger production did increase between November and December 2023, and that trend continued in January, 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.
However, in January, Ford Ranger production rose rather significantly – up to 2,644 units – which is an increase of 2,242 units, or 558 percent. Of course, that figure still trails typical Ranger production numbers from the past, but it’s a notable improvement, regardless.
As Ford Authority reported in January, FoMoCo is working to ramp up production of both the Ranger and Ford Bronco in the coming months by moving around 700 workers from the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center to MAP and creating a third shift after it decided to halve production of the 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning amid weakened demand, which should help those efforts considerably.