Earlier this month, we reported that there were thousands of 2021 Ford F-150 pickups sitting at the Detroit Metro Airport awaiting final quality checks before they’re shipped to dealerships. Those trucks are early production models that were built while prototypes were being driven as test models. Now, the Detroit Free Press has learned that there are even more 2021 Ford F-150 pickups parked in lots around the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant and surrounding area as well.
“As part of our commitment to delivering high-quality vehicles, we are conducting final quality inspections on trucks built before dealer shipments started last month to ensure they meet the quality expectations of our customers,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Detroit Free Press.
“The vehicles at the location you referenced are among those early builds. The number of vehicles at those locations continues to dwindle as we perform the quality inspections and ship them to dealers,” Felker added. Meanwhile, Ford F-150 pickups produced in the last several weeks have been shipped straight to dealerships.
According to DFP, these trucks are awaiting software checks and seatbelt installations before they can be shipped to dealerships. In addition to storing these pickups at the Detroit Metro Airport, the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford has also parked several vehicles at the nearby Worlds of Fun amusement park in Claycomo, Missouri.
Ford began producing 2021 F-150s while prototypes were still being tested to help meet record demand for the new pickup. However, the automaker also wanted to ensure that the 14th gen pickups launch went off without a hitch, and avoid what happened with the introduction of the 2020 Ford Explorer.