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November 8, 2023

10 Facts About The Next-Generation Ford Ranger's Assembly You (Probably) Didn't Know About

Designed and engineered by a global team headquartered in Australia, the Ford Ranger is now sold in more than 180 markets around the world, and continues to build a reputation for quality, reliability, and durability.

Its real-world tests took place in some of the world’s toughest climates and over some of the most challenging terrain, including programs across the world, from outback Australia to the rugged terrain of South Africa, the icy climates of Scandinavia, the mountainous regions of the Americas, and the humidity of Asia’s jungles – in temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to well over 50 degrees Celsius.

As a truly global product, the Ford Ranger is manufactured in five production hubs around the world: Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) and AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT), Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa, Michigan Assembly Plant in the U.S., and the Pacheco Assembly Plant in Argentina. There are also Completely Knocked Down (CKD) operations in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Regardless of where it’s made, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about how each Ford Ranger is built:
  1. One Ford Ranger rolls off the production line every two minutes at the Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant as well as the Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa.
  2. There are almost 600 robots employed on the chassis line to help maintain production volumes with each chassis taking around three hours to build.
  3. There are around 3,000 to 4,000 spot welds in the body of every single Ranger, and corrosion protection is provided by dipping the body in 12 chemical baths prior to painting.
  4. Speaking of paint, every single Ranger is covered with approximately eight liters of Ford’s 3-Wet High Solids Paint system which allows the primer (3 liters), base coat (3 liters) and clear coat (2 liters) to be applied while each coat is still wet.
  5. The 3-Wet paint process ensures the durability and chip-resistance customers expect while helping to reduce CO2 and VOC emissions because of savings made from reductions in the size of paint booths, and reduced numbers of paint purging, and ovens required to cure the paint.
  6. Each Ranger, after painting, passes through a state-of-the-art paint scanner. This electronic eye can detect coating defects as small as 0.2 mm, which is smaller than a needle point.
  7. There are more than 2,700 parts in each Ford Ranger. Each vehicle undergoes nearly 1,000 quality confirmation checks before it’s allowed to be sent to a dealership. Technicians also perform 300 electronic diagnostics checks and 35 electrical current-based tests to match quality expectations.
  8. One of the key quality confirmation checks is the Water Test which sees every Ranger sprayed with water for 20 minutes, in a controlled pressure test, to replicate the worst rainstorm imaginable. After the water jets are turned off, auditors visually inspect the Ranger’s taillights, headlamps, and foglamps, to make sure that no water has breached the seals. The water used doesn’t go to waste, it drains into the floor and is recycled for use in subsequent tests. Every door is then opened, and the rubber seals are inspected for any signs of water ingress. To make sure the cabin floor remains dry, auditors use a specially made probe that sends an audible alert if it detects any moisture.
  9. Once the final quality confirmation check has been completed inside the factory, each Ford Ranger must make it across three final hurdles before it can be loaded up and sent to dealerships around the world. These are the Squeak and Rattle Track, High Speed Track and Rough Road Track, and each vehicle must complete one full pass to be approved for release.
  10. To ensure the steering and wheels are aligned and the headlights are pointing where they need to, an example of every single Ranger variant is removed from the line at random, every single day. A selection of lasers and cameras are then used to check wheel alignment and headlights, while a quick lap of the Steering Alignment Test Track shows if the steering wheel is on straight and the vehicle tracks straight as an arrow.


  1. Climate sensors on the brakes please.

    1. yes!!! and a smaller engine with 4 turbos!

    2. While we're at it, how about doppler-assisted fog lamps and windshield wiper speeds?

  2. Its small engine overburden by its heavy weight wont last long

  3. Quality kuno ung hawakan ng pinto bilis matanggal

  4. Yung mga nauunang batches halos palaging may quality issues tsaka recall, tulad nung sa transmission at turbo ng makina dati. Tapos pagdating ng sunod na model year na annually ay umaangat ang srp, sasabihing 'fixed' na daw pero ibang issue naman ang lilitaw. Not sure kung bat 'ford built tough' ang tawag nila kung ganyan naman. Sayang kc yung build quality, premium feel at features kung habang tumatagal ay bibigyan ka lang ng sakit sa ulo.

  5. I hope the Phlipiines' lineup could some come with the EcoBoost V6 as well as the Power Stroke V6.

  6. Ford has never been known for making reliable and durable vehicles, for gas guzzler and defects it is. Even in USA, japs cars always dominate the fuel efficiency, reliability and durability ratings/survey.

  7. Ford's stock price crashed big time (50%+) in 2022 due to series of recalls and weaker demand for their ICE vehicles and hasn't recovered since.


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