Last year marked the launch of the all-new 2023 Ford Super Duty, but that wasn’t exactly an event that occurred without its fair share of turbulence. In fact, the United Auto Workers (UAW) surprised Ford by walking out of the Kentucky Truck Plant – which builds the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator – roughly a month after it began its targeted strike against the Big Three automakers, which promptly brought production to a halt. The strike ended in late October, but Super Duty production plummeted that month before bouncing back in November, regardless. In the final month of the year, however, production of the popular pickup actually decreased just a touch, according to The Blue Oval’s latest sales report.
In October, total Ford Super Duty production declined from 28,114 to 11,540 units, which represents a 59 percent drop month-over-month at both the Kentucky Truck plant and the Ohio Assembly plant. In November, that number increased exponentially as production got back online at both plants, reaching a total of 29,876 cumulative units.
However, in December, the Kentucky Truck plant built 26,173 Super Duty trucks – which is 1,220 units fewer than November, or around 4.5 percent less than the 27,393 it produced the month prior. At the Ohio facility, Ford built 2,483 Super Duty models in November versus 2,196 in December, which is also a month-over-month decrease of 287 units, or just over 12 percent. These figures bring total Ford Super Duty production in the 2023 calendar year to 276,741 units at the Kentucky plant, as well as 26,837 in Ohio.
As for the Super Duty’s counterparts in Kentucky, Ford Expedition production declined month-over-month as well – from 6,730 units to 6,495 – while production of the Lincoln Navigator increased ever so slightly, from 1,889 units to 1,899.