Car companies are bringing back classic pieces of Americana.
On Sunday, car manufacturer Fiat announced production of two new takes on classic card models – the Jeep Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer. On Monday, Ford confirmed the Ford Bronco will also get a new model.
The Grand Wagoneer was a true piece of car culture in the 80’s to early 90’s. The four-by-four was technically a luxury vehicle and became a staple for family travel. The wood siding is both iconic and ugly. Fiat hasn’t revealed if the updated version will possess the outside trim.
The Ford Bronco was a Michigan built SUV and a powerful beast. The model was discontinued in 1996 and replaced by the Ford Expedition. If you’re not a car person and wonder why you know the name of the Bronco, it’s because the vehicle was famously used by O.J. Simpson (a white model) during his attempted escape from L.A. police in 1994. The case was broadcast on major networks. The vehicle’s become somewhat synonymous with the former NFL star.
The best news regarding the announcements is both cars will be produced in the United States. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer would be produced in a Michigan factory. The Ford Bronco will also be built in Michigan, in the suburb of Wayne. As NBC News notes, the U.S. productions were announced in November. PEOTUS Donald Trump praised the decision, although Barack Obama’s administration technically deserves the credit for the move.
Credit, in this case, isn’t important. Bringing manufacturing jobs to the U.S. to produce classic American vehicles is great news. Hopefully, the Ford Bronco can live a quiet production cycle and doesn’t become infamous again for being involved in one of the strangest and most memorable car chases in history.