F-Series (Ford)

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Apr 13, 2019

On April 12, Ford Argentina announced an exclusive pre-sale of the Ranger Raptor, beginning in April, for customers wanting to take delivery in September.
The Ranger Raptor has an exclusive reinforced chassis, designed by Ford Performance, to optimize high-speed off-road driving and withstand the most challenging roads.
The Ranger Raptor is produced at the Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant in Rayong, which is the exclusive manufacturing center for this model of the Ford Performance Team.
With the addition of the Ranger Raptor, Ford Argentina will offer in 2019 the most complete line of pickups in the country, including the recently announced F-150 and F-150 Raptor, and the regular-duty Ranger built in Pacheco.

(Ford press release on April 12, 2019)

Apr 04, 2019

On March 25, General Motors announced that the Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine in its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, will achieve segment-leading power among diesel-powered pickups.
GM will begin taking orders for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra with the 3.0 Duramax shortly, with deliveries expected to commence in the summer. The diesel is the last variant of the rucks to arrive. Crew-cab V8 models first went on sale in the third-quarter of last year and regular, double-cab, V6 and 2.7-liter turbo models went on sale in the fourth quarter.
The Duramax 3.0-liter engine produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, more than Ford’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 diesel rated at 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque in the 2019 F-150, and FCA’s previous 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the Ram 1500, which was rated at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Ram is developing a new version of the EcoDiesel, which was last available for the 2018 model year, that is expected to debut in the Jeep Wrangler in 2019, followed by the Jeep Gladiator pickup in 2020.
(multiple sources on March 25, 2019)

Mar 30, 2019

On March 28, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will lay off 1,500 workers at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, taking the matter beyond earlier announcements of shortening shifts and temporary two week closure.
FCA is cutting its third shift at the facility that produces Chrysler Pacifica minivans to "better align production with global demand," according to the company.
The company, required by its contact with the union to give a six-month notice of permanent reductions, said the action will take effect on September 30.
FCA will offer retirement packages to eligible employees and endeavor to place indefinitely laid-off hourly employees in open full-time positions elsewhere as they become available.
The Windsor plant went from two shifts to three shifts in 1993.
FCA announced previously on March 27 that it would idle its plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario, for the first two weeks of April to align production with demand.

(Detroit News article on March 28, 2019) (Detroit Free Press article on March 28, 2019)

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