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Ford Announces Another Round Of Production Cuts Amid Chip Shortage

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Last week, we reported that the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant would be down the weeks of May 17th and May 24th. That was Ford’s original plan, but the automaker wound up delaying the closure by a couple of weeks, and now the Dearborn plant – along with the truck side of the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant – will be idled the weeks of May 31st and June 7th, as reported by Automotive News. Additionally, these two plants will operate on a reduced schedule the week of June 14th. And they aren’t the only production cuts the automaker has added this week.

This news comes on the same day as the official reveal of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting, which will be built next to the Dearborn Truck Plant at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. It also means that both Ford F-150 assembly lines will be shut down as the automaker continues to slash production amid the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.

In addition to the Dearborn and Kansas City plants, the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant – which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator – will be down the week of May 31st and will operate on a reduced schedule the week of June 14th, while the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant – which produces the Ford Mustang – will be down the weeks of May 31st and June 7th as well.

The Ford Ohio Assembly Plant will be reduced to producing Ford Super Duty medium-duty trucks and chassis cabs the week of May 31st, as well as the weeks of June 7th and June 14th. Meanwhile, the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, will idle the week of May 31st through the week of June 28th.

Other North American plants facing production cuts include the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant in Canada, which produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, will be down May 31st through the week of June 21st, and the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico -where the Ford Bronco Sport is built – which will be idled the weeks of June 21st and June 28th.

We’ll have the latest on all of Ford’s production cuts as they happen, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Michael Hubbard

    At this point no one can convince me that Ford has no idea when these chips are going to be available. This week by week is damage control. If they were honest about this employees that are not going to get any hours for the next month would munity. It is time for customers to cancel orders in big quanity.

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    1. Tigger

      It does seem that this chip shortage BS is hitting Ford harder than the other automakers- especially the transplants.

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  2. Arcee

    They most likely legitimately have no idea when their chip supplies will be back to normal. Even industry analysts have no idea. One of the leading chip manufacturers that supplies the auto industry is estimating a return to full supply by the end of next month. Yet another analyst is stating that all data points to 2022 or even 2023 before the chip manufacturers will be able to supply all of the various manufacturers with the chips needed.

    Ford doesn’t want to shut down manufacturing. Demand is huge right now for vehicles, and they want to have products available to sell to customers. They also don’t want to have to furlough thousands of employees. No company wants that. Less production means less sales.

    The chip shortage is creating havoc across multiple industries and will take a considerable amount of time to sort through.

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    1. GreggT

      I disagree, they certainly have some idea in fact probably better than “some”. There is no reason they cannot give their customers and dealers a delivery estimation accurate within a week. Plus Ford has those 10’s of thousands on incomplete vehicles scattered around that there needs to be some plan to complete.
      Ford is not some nickel and dime mom and pop operation. If they legitimately cannot give out reasonably accurate information based upon info from their suppliers, they do not need to be in business.

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  3. Chris

    The selection is tight at dealerships. Hard to find Escape Titanium trims. My dealership has no Edge’ in stock. Ford Credit is giving lease extensions because of this. I got mine for 6 months. Most likely I’ll need another 6 months.

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  4. Stefan

    I orderd mHEV Ford Focus at 8 of February and still the production date is unavailable for my order….I will cancel unfortunatelly

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  5. James P.

    Very sad that a Company like Ford cannot get Bronco’ that they announced about five years ago to market! How long do they expect people to wait? There should be an update every day!

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  6. Bob Dobson

    All Chrysler Plants are down along with numerous GM plants. Its hitting all of them not just Ford thats more fake news.

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    1. GreggT

      Wonder if GM and Ram have tens of thousands of incomplete vehicles sitting around in obscure parking lots that they have lost total control over?
      Wonder if GM and RAM have the same communication issues with their customers and dealers?
      I would say Ford is much worse off than their competitors.

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  7. Mike says..

    Some of you guys are starting to sound like a bunch of retired brain surgeons with nothing to do! When the chips are down… what are ya gonna do?

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  8. royl

    There is much ado about this “chip shortage”, I’ll be the new broncos are starting delivery in June as promised (many times) by ford. The broncos will be getting plenty of chips, it’s you other buyers that need to suck it up!

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  9. James Denryter

    I ordered my f150 in January and I am still waiting. It’s sitting on a lot somewhere waiting for parts.

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