Production of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and 2022 Ford Maverick could be impacted next week when the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Sonora Mexico shuts down for two days, according to a report from Reuters. The facility is slated to temporarily suspend operations from October 11th to October 12th, 2021 due to an unspecified shortage of materials.
The unspecified material most likely refers to microchips, which have remained in extremely short supply since early last year, while forcing Ford to close additional plants this month. As Ford Authority previously reported, operations at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant are currently on hold through the end of this week, a move that impacts 2021 Ford Mustang production. Additionally, 2021 Ford Transit production is also paused this week at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant. In Europe, Ford Fiesta production has been even more severely affected by the chip shortage, as the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant in Germany is currently in the middle of a month long shutdown that may extend into November if the situation does not improve.
Regular production of the 2022 Ford Maverick only came online several weeks ago, and the initial batch landed at Ford dealers in late September, the timing of which allowed The Blue Oval to record 506 sales of the compact pickup for the month. With more than 100,000 reservations to fulfill, Ford needs a steady supply of materials if it wants to satisfy prospective buyers and dealers alike. As for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, it has faced few production setbacks since launching in late 2020, and in fact outsold its larger sibling, the 2021 Ford Escape, for the first time ever in September. All three of the aforementioned vehicles utilize the Ford C2 platform, which is a unibody front-wheel drive architecture that debuted on the 2018 Ford Focus.