The Ford F-150 is the latest vehicle to be impacted by the global chip shortage, with confirmation that its production will be reduced starting next Monday.
Ford revealed to the media that its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will drop from three shifts to one during the week of February 8. In addition, truck production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri that also builds the F-150 will be cut from three shifts down to two. The current plan is for production to return to three shifts at both plants on February 15.
“We are working closely with suppliers to address potential production constraints tied to the global semiconductor shortage and working to prioritize key vehicle lines for production, making the most of our semiconductor allocation,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker told CNBC.
The Ford F-Series is America’s best-selling new vehicle and in 2020, a total of 787,422 units were sold throughout the country. While that represented a drop of 12.2 per cent from the 896,526 units sold in 2019, it was enough for the F-Series to keep its crown and remain the nation’s most popular truck for the 44th consecutive year.
Interestingly, it was F-Series Super Duty models that proved especially popular in Q4 2020, with sales jumping by 14.1 per cent year over year, while sales of the F-150 dropped in Q4 by 32.7 per cent.
News of Ford cutting F-150 production due to the chip shortage comes shortly after General Motors announced it would pause production at four of its assembly plants due to the same issue.