Ford Cuts Summer 2015 Shutdown on High Demand for Trucks, SUVs
Two Week Break Cut to One, 40,000 Additional Units Expected
When you’re hot, you’re hot, and there are few vehicles hotter right now than the new Ford F-150. Demand has also been strong for Ford’s SUVs, including the redesigned Edge, compact Escape, and best-selling midsize Explorer. For the month of April, the F-150 was averaging just 20 days on dealer lots, significantly shorter than the usual 60 or 80 days. Demand for the new Edge midsize crossover is even hotter, with an average of just 10 days on dealer lots. Dealers are also reporting strong demand for the new 2016 Explorer, which has started production in Chicago. To help meet the strong demand, Ford will cut its traditional two-week summer shutdown to just one week at the Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Kentucky Truck, Louisville, and Oakville (Ontario) assembly plants.
In addition, 10 other component plants will have their summer break cut by a week to meet demand for parts, which include Livonia Transmission, Rawsonville Transmission, Sharonville Transmission, Sterling Axle, Buffalo Stamping, Chicago Stamping, Dearborn Consolidated, Kansas City Stamping, Kentucky Stamping, and Woodhaven Stamping. The company notes that this is the third straight year that it has done an abbreviated summer shutdown to meet demand for its vehicles.