Auto News: Ford Midsize Trucks, Dodge Goes Plum Crazy



Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks are being built in the U.S. for the first time. They started rolling off the line at the Ohio Assembly Plant this week after being previously built in Mexico.

The production move helps secure more than 1,000 hourly UAW jobs and a $168 million plant investment in the United States.

“Our investment in Ohio Assembly Plant reinforces our commitment to building vehicles in America and to delivering best-in-class commercial trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Working with our partners in the UAW, we found a way to make the costs competitive enough to bring production of a whole new generation of work trucks to Ohio.”

Opened in 1974, Ohio Assembly Plant employs nearly 1,400 people. In addition to now producing all Ford F-650 and F-750 models and configurations, the plant also produces Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.


Dodge is bringing back its Plum Crazy exterior paint hue. Back for a limited-production run, the color choice will be made available on 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger models, including the ultimate-in-performance, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat models and 485 best-in-class naturally aspirated R/T Scat Pack models.

“Powerful muscle cars painted in impactful colors make Woodward Dream Cruise the perfect setting for Dodge to debut the newest generation Challenger and Charger models in Plum Crazy,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, FCA – North America. “And with our strongest muscle-car arsenal ever, we knew it was time to reach into our Dodge paint code archive and offer our high-performance R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models in one of the most iconic exterior colors of all time.”

Originally debuting in 1970, Plum Crazy hue spans several generations of muscle-car collectors and enthusiasts and has been a signature Dodge muscle car color ever since. Plum Crazy will open in September, one month early for sold orders only on 2016 Dodge Challenger or Charger models with production beginning this November.

Photo Credit: Ford


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