While slow sales recently prompted The Blue Oval to slash its planned 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning production in half, the same certainly can’t be said of its ICE counterpart, the Ford F-150, which continues to enjoy robust performance in the sales room. However, the perennial best-seller is set to undergo a refresh for the 2024 model year, and that may have played a role in the fact that production of the Ford F-150 decreased in December 2023, according to FoMoCo’s latest sales report.
After Ford F-150 production grew by 28 percent or 11,413 units month-over-month in September and 11.6 percent to 58,241 units in October, things began to hit a bit of a snag in November. That month, Ford F-150 production at the Dearborn Truck plant declined from 26,562 to 21,873 units month-over-month or 17.6 percent, and from 31,679 to 26,749 units for a 15.5 percent drop at the Kansas City Assembly plant. That means total F-150 production declined from 58,241 to 48,622 units overall in November versus October, which represents a 16.5 percent drop.
That trend continued in December, as The Blue Oval built 14,631 Ford F-150 pickups in Dearborn – a 33 percent decrease, month-over-month, along with 21,705 at the Kansas City plant, which is a 19 percent decline. Total F-150 production at both plants came in at 36,336 units in December, which is 25 percent fewer than November as well.
In addition to potential impacts stemming from the holidays, it’s worth noting that production of the refreshed 2024 Ford F-150 began back on December 18th at the Dearborn Truck plant, which could have also played a role in this drop. Along with updated exterior styling, the 2024 Ford F-150 gets a few revisions to its trim level lineup, a new badge, the 12-inch infotainment screen as standard equipment, the newly available Pro Access Tailgate as an option, and the previously-standard 3.3L V6 is gone, replaced by the turbocharged 2.7L V6 EcoBoost across the lineup. In an effort to boost sales, the 3.5L V6 PowerBoost hybrid is now a no-cost option over the standard, twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, too.