Ford, like other major automakers, constantly adjusts the operating mode to smooth out the damage from the ongoing shortage of components. This time, the American auto giant will have to stop two plants at once — in Canadian Oakville and in Louisville, Kentucky. The conveyors of both enterprises will be idle all week, which will result in a decrease in the output of four models under the Ford and Lincoln nameplates.
Ford’s Oakville plant has established production of Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus crossovers. The Louisville site produces Ford Escape SUVs and Lincoln Corsair crossovers. Both pipelines have been stopped this week. They should return to work on May 16 if the situation with electronic components improves.
Ford is constantly looking for different ways to cope with the shortage of parts, which negatively affects both home factories and production facilities abroad. So, the company prefers the assembly of the most popular models, such as the Mustang and F-150. That is, orders for these cars are executed first.
Buyers of others have to wait longer — in some cases up to a year, writes Autoevolution. Earlier it was also reported about problems with the supply of Bronco SUVs. Ford has collected a record number of pre-orders and simply does not have time to produce cars in shortage. In February, hundreds of incomplete Bronco, which are waiting for chips to arrive, were filmed in a parking lot in Michigan, and in April it became known that SUVs would be “simplified” by depriving regular navigation.