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New Ford Deliveries Possibly Impacted By Rail Car Shortage

What initially began as the semiconductor chip shortage soon blossomed into a fully blown supply chain crisis for the automotive industry as a whole, with Ford facing everything from trouble getting door handles for vehicles to a tight labor market. Ford CEO Jim Farley has previously stated that he doesn’t seen these issues going away completely anytime soon, though most – including the chip shortage – have improved significantly in recent months. Regardless, new Ford deliveries may soon be impacted by yet another issue – a rail car shortage, according to the Detroit Free Press.

2023 Ford Super Duty Production Ohio Assembly Plant - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

This growing problem is already affecting multiple industries, including food and grain shipments, as well as the automotive business, as approximately 70,000 new vehicles are currently “stranded” and unable to make the trip from assembly plants to dealers. This is affecting Ford rival General Motors in a big way, as that automaker reportedly has thousands of finished Silverado and Sierra pickups parked in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area with no rail cars available to ship them to dealers.

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation –  which Ford is a member of – has asked the government to step in and help mitigate this looming issue. “For the auto industry, the nationwide freight rail shortage is a major problem,” said John Bozzella, CEO of the lobby group. “What to do about it? Because these serial disruptions have the potential to impact the broader economy, we’re asking the Surface Transportation Board to intervene and make sure the country has a fully functioning freight rail system.”

2023 Ford Super Duty Production Kentucky Truck Plant - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

In the meantime, automakers have reportedly reduced their production schedules by at least 50,000 vehicles, which could have a big impact on not only new Ford deliveries to dealers and customers, but also the economy in general. “The trickle-down effect of this reduced production on suppliers and employees is significant,” said Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin Oberman. “The direct impact to U.S.-based suppliers exceeds $350 million. If the direct impact is $350 million to these suppliers, then given the typical multiplier of 11 to 1, the impact on the U.S. economy could easily exceed $3.75 billion.”

We’ll have more on this situation soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. G O PEE

    Lock him up!

  2. EB1959

    Our so called Department of Transportation Secretary says he loves choo choo’s but can’t figure out how to make them go go. It’s all a ploy to end gas/diesel vehicles for ever.

  3. Dave Helland

    Another BS story to excuse the non delivery of vehicles. I wonder if the EV vehicles have the same problem? I had to buy a GM because ford wouldnt build a f350 limited. GM high country 3500 was in stock built in may on the lot in June. GM doesnt seems to have delivery problems.

  4. Harry

    Allow buyers to pickup their vehicle. They could use the money saved from the shipping charge to pay for travel to the site for pickup.

  5. Doug

    So really with FORD they say they DONT have any complete fuel system replacements, this 22 ea part / kit and they have none? My dually currently sits at Lithia ford with. NO ETA on this part, come on Ford.


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