Ford F-150 Production Hit by Chip Shortage
Ford Motor Co. is the latest to be hit by the ongoing chip shortage. The chip shortage has been upending the industry for weeks, and its effects could drag into the 3rd quarter, according to IHS Markit. Ford will be forced to curtail its output of its bestselling and most profitable vehicle, the F-150 beginning next week. The timing is problematic for Ford as it ramps up production and deliveries of the redesigned F-150, which went on sale late last year.
Ford told Automotive News on Thursday that “its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will drop to one shift from three the week of Feb. 8th, while the truck side of a Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri will drop to two shifts from three.” According to a Ford spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, both facilities are expected to ramp back up to three shifts the following week.