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Ford has announced that it has pumped in an additional investment of US$186 million (RM785 million) into its Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) facility in Rayong to allow for increased production of its Ford Ranger pick-up truck.

The facelifted Ranger is currently built at Ford’s joint-venture facility, AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT), which is the automaker’s primary Ranger production facility in Asia Pacific, and with AAT forecast to operate at or near maximum capacity for the foreseeable future, the company is expanding the build to FTM to ensure production copes with demand.

The new investment at FTM will include dedicated truck facilities in the plant’s body and trim, chassis and final (TCF) shops, which will be fully integrated with parts of the existing facility. Additionally, the paint facilities will be expanded to accommodate a pick-up truck.

The 750,000 sq metre FTM assembly plant currently has an installed production capacity of 180,000 units per year, and assembles C346 Focus, B299 Fiesta and B515 EcoSport models for the region.

Ford premiered the facelifted Ranger T6 at the Bangkok Motor Show in March, and the ASEAN NCAP five-star rated pick-up made its Malaysian debut in October. It’s available in six variants locally.

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