Aussie expertise exported to the USA.
There has been a lot of talk about the demise of Australian manufacturing, especially with vehicle assembly all but drying up domestically. Out of the 1,178,133 new vehicles sold in Australia in 2016, only 87,096 were locally manufactured.
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But the Australian vehicle industry is making inroads in other ways: research, development and engineering. Australia’s first and fourth best-selling vehicles, the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger were chiefly designed, engineered and tested in Australia. Now, that expertise is being exported to other countries.
The Ford Ranger is returning to America in 2019, followed by a Bronco Wagon in 2020.
After the success of the T6 Ranger in Australia and other markets, the American Ranger and Bronco will receive Australian-led development and engineering. This coincides with an updated Ranger that will go on sale in Australia in 2019, using Ford’s $450 million R&D facilities in Melbourne and Geelong.