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Secret plans to make Ford Ranger at Broadmeadows cancelled

It has been suggested that Ford junked plans to make the Ranger heavy duty utility vehicle in Australia at the last minute.

News Limited reports that a plan to make the Ranger – sold in 180 countries – here and replace the Falcon and Territory with it at the Broadmeadows factory were cancelled. The Ranger is currently made in Thailand, South Africa and Argentina.

Ford Australia was "a long way down the road", according to Jim Hall, an industry analyst quotes by News.

"It would have made perfect sense to build Ranger there (in Broadmeadows)… Especially when you consider how big the market is for that vehicle locally, and its export potential. And, believe me, Ford Australia came very close."

The plans were cancelled due to the high dollar and US laws on fuel economy standards, which made it cheaper to alter the Ford F-Series pick-up instead of introduce the Ranger in that market.

The Ranger was designed, engineered and developed here.

Speculation about Ford’s future at Broadmeadows continues, with 212 jobs shed in November at the plant and suggestions that the company may leave Australia in 2016.

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