Ford is adding some downtime to five of its North American plants. Ford to temporarily shutter 5 plants as demand slacks
Ford will halt production at five North American production plant as the automaker continues to deal with slacking demand.
In the United States, Ford will idle its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Michigan Assembly Plant and a production line at its Kansas City Assembly plant for one week. Vehicles impacted by the extended shutdown include the Ford Mustang, Ford Transit, Ford Focus sedan, Ford C-Max and Lincoln Continental. The Ford F-150, which is made alongside the Transit on another line in Kansas City, will not be affected.
In Mexico, Ford will shutter its Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, which builds the Fiesta sedan. Ford will also halt production at its Hermosillo Assembly Plant, which produces the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans. Both Mexico plants will be shut down for two weeks.
"We are continuing to match production with customer demand, as we always do, and we are on track for our dealer inventories to remain at planned levels by year-end," a Ford spokeswoman told Automotive News.
UAW plant workers covered by the plant shutdowns will be put on temporary layoff and will receive about 80 percent of their normal pay.
Through the first eight months of the year sales of Ford-branded passenger cars have fallen by 20 percent. Truck sales are down a more modest 2 percent.