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Ford will continue to crank out compact SUVs over the summer.

Ford is shortening the typical summer shutdown at its Louisville Assembly Plant in order to produce more units of its hot-selling Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC sport utility models.Ford plants usually take a two-week break during the summer months, but that summer vacation will be cut down to just one week at the Louisville plant where the Escape and MKC are manufactured. Ford says the shortened break will allow the company to crank out an additional 8,500 units.

"The record sales for Ford Escape through May are being driven by strong demand from our retail customers," said Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president and president - North America. "This is our strongest ever retail start for Escape, with retail sales up more than 6 percent versus this time last year."

On the whole, Escape sales are up about 3 percent this year to 129,805 units. Lincoln has delivered 11,161 units of its MKC through the first five months of the year, marking an improvement of about 10 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

Ford says its other North American plants will stick with the typical two-week shut down.