Various supply chain issues have wreaked havoc on automotive production for over two years now, and this dire situation doesn’t appear to be on the cusp of improving, either. Instead, automakers like Ford continue to try and do whatever they can to churn out new vehicles in what seems like a proverbial game of whac-a-mole with parts shortages. The latest victim of this crisis is the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus, which has now added a subwoofer delete option, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.
The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus has added a Premium Audio System Subwoofer Delete option, which is not required at this point, but is likely a way for FoMoCo to continue to fulfill orders amid ongoing supply chain issues. As the name implies, only Nautilus models equipped with the Premium Audio System are impacted. This 10-speaker system, which includes a subwoofer, is standard on Nautilus and Nautilus Reserve models, while the 13-speaker Revel Audio System and 19-speaker Revel Ultima Audio System are unaffected by the option.
Meanwhile, Ford continues to build a number of what it calls “vehicles on wheels,” which are models missing certain features that can be parked as the automaker awaits the parts it needs to complete them. Most recently, this included around 40,000-45,000 vehicles that are currently being stored around Ford’s various production facilities, as Ford Authority reported last month. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this crisis will ease anytime soon, as Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he believes these shortages will continue to pose problems for the automaker for the forceable future.