Just yesterday, Ford reported that 2021 Ford Bronco production would not be affected by the semiconductor chip shortage, which has slashed the automaker’s Q2 production in half. However, Ford did note that it was having trouble sourcing certain popular parts for the SUV, and those that order them will face delays. Regardless, now it appears that the chip shortage could possibly affect 2021 Ford Bronco production after all.
According to a memo sent by Ford to its employees and seen by Automotive News, the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant – where the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger are built – will close the weeks of May 17th and May 24th. While most of Ford’s North American and European plants have faced closures in recent weeks as a result of the chip shortage, this is the first time it will idle the Michigan Assembly Plant.
As we reported late last year, Job 1 2021 Ford Bronco production began on May 3rd, though production won’t fully ramp up until August. Order holders recently began receiving their scheduled for production emails with VIN numbers, the vehicle’s trim level and configuration, an estimated delivery window based on the order holder’s reservation timestamp, the options and packages chosen, the number of similarly configured models, and the number of allocations the order holder’s dealer has received.
Some Bronco order holders are seeing summer build dates for their vehicles in those emails, so as of right now, it’s unclear if this closure will push those dates back even further. Though Ford has been adamant that the chip shortage will not have some sort of impact on Bronco production, it seems almost inevitable that it will, given the gravity of the situation at the moment.