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Ford Is Idling Four Plants Over The Coming Weeks As Vehicle Demand Cools

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Ford Motor Company will idle four of its production facilities over the coming weeks as customer demand falters, according to The Detroit News.

The Louisville Assembly Plant, which produces the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC crossover models, is down until next week and will shutter again the week of October 31st. Kansas City Assembly, where the F-150 pickup is made, will stop production of the truck for a week starting next Monday. The Ford Transit family of vehicles is also built there, but will be unaffected by the shutdown.

In Mexico, Ford is also idling its plants in Hermosillo (Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ) and Cuautitlan (Ford Fiesta) this week.

In an emailed statement to The Detroit News, Ford Spokesperson Kelli Felker said: “We continue matching production with demand to ensure we are at our targeted inventories by year end.” Fusion sales are down 9.1 percent for the year through September, while the Fiesta has plummeted 28 percent. Sales of the F-Series are actually up for 2016, but they experienced a 2.6-percent drop in September versus the same month last year.

“During our second-quarter financial call, we said we expected the overall retail industry to decline in the second half of the year from the same period last year,” said Felker. “We also said to expect to see some production adjustments in the second half — this is one of them.”

Ford just restarted production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan this week, where the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental are built, after a week of down time.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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