Despite Ford’s best efforts to produce as many 2021 Ford F-150 pickups as possible, the semiconductor chip shortage continues to force the automaker to idle production of its best-selling model. And with the chip shortage looking likely to persist into next summer, we haven’t seen the of these last temporary plant closures, either. The latest will once again affect the Ford F-150, as well as Lincoln Nautilus and Ford Edge production, according to a new report from Automotive News.
Lincoln Nautilus and Ford Edge production at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant in Canada, as well as Ford F-150 production at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, will pause the week of August 30th. In addition to these closures, F-150 production at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant will be limited to just one shift that same week.
“Our teams continue making the most of our available semiconductor allocation, finding unique solutions to provide as many high-quality vehicles as possible to our dealers and customers,” a Ford spokesperson said in a statement.
Just last week, Ford announced that F-150 production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant would be down the week of August 23rd, so this latest closure will make it two straight weeks the plant is idle. F-150 production has been impacted multiple times over the last few months, along with virtually every other model in The Blue Oval’s lineup.
While some automakers continue to remove multiple features from vehicles as a way to circumvent parts shortages, thus far, Ford has only given 2021 F-150 customers the option to order trucks without automatic start/stop. As far as how long the chip shortage might persist, Ford executives recently stated that they believe it will last until at least next June, while others believe it will continue for years to come.
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