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2023 Ford Escape Production Increased In October

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.

Front view of the 2023 Ford Escape

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

We’ll have more on 2023 Ford Escape production soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and non-stop 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. RH

    Maybe this is due to Ford’s Board and I assume Bill Ford JR the Executive Chairman of theBoard appointing a new COO effective Oct 12, 2023, Ashwani Kumar Galhotra; who is since Oct 12 head manufacturing of all on behalf of all business units of Ford, and this is due to his presence in his new capacity.

  2. Larry moyer

    Leases should be 36 months and 18000 miles a year


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