Back in August, 2023 Ford Escape production really picked up, posting a month-over-month increase of 6,831 units, or around 49 percent to close out the month at 20,748 crossovers. This was notable because production of the refreshed model hit a bit of a snag early on due to a software issue with the crossover’s digital instrument cluster, which took some time to rectify. Making matters worse, the six-week-long UAW strike threatened to impact 2023 Ford Escape production as well, given the fact that the model’s body parts are stamped at the nearby Kentucky Truck plant, which was shut down for several weeks – though salaried workers stepped in to keep things rolling. As a result, 2023 Ford Escape production actually increased in October, according to the automaker’s latest sales report.
Last month, Ford managed to build 20,018 Escape models at the Louisville Assembly plant, which is 1,219 or 6.5 percent more than August. It also marked the crossover’s second-best production month of the 2032 calendar year so far – behind only August – and brings its year-to-date production total up to 140,379 units with two months to go.
What makes this result even more notable is the fact that – as Ford Authority reported earlier this month – the automaker was planning on temporarily laying off 1,500 workers at the Louisville Assembly plant. This move isn’t a result of the UAW strike, but rather, “parts-related issues,” according to UAW Local 862 President Todd Dunn, who noted that the layoff was only expected to last for less than a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, production of the 2024 Ford Escape began at the Louisville plant back on on November 13th, as Ford Authority reported in late October. The crossover is only being treated to a few minor updates for the new model year after its 2023 refresh, which include a new exterior color, the Base trim has become a fleet-only offering, the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad has been dropped (but is still available as a dealer-installed option), and the factory navigation option has been reduced from three years to one, too