Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford Mustang, will be down the weeks of July 12 and 19.
Hermosillo Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford Bronco Sport, will run one of two shifts the weeks of July 12 and 19.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect global automakers and other industries in all parts of the world,” Ford said in a statement. “While we continue to manufacture new vehicles, we’re prioritizing completing our customers’ vehicles that were assembled without certain parts due to the industry-wide semiconductor shortage. This is in line with our commitment to get our customers their vehicles as soon as possible and consistent with our forecasted supply.”
Ford expects to lose US$2.5 billion and roughly 1.1 million units of production this year because of the chip shortage, which CEO Jim Farley has labeled “perhaps the greatest supply shock” he’s ever seen. The automaker has been hit particularly hard compared to its rivals, according to Autoforecast Solutions.
Dealers around the country are desperate for inventory but have been told that help may not come until August at the earliest.
In a research note published earlier this week, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas interviewed an unidentified dealer who said the worst of the crisis isn’t over.
“I don’t know how we’re seeing the worst of it when we entered this month with 50 or 55 cars to sell,” they said. “This month (July) we’ll have 30 cars to sell. And August we may have 5. I’d say August should be the ‘bottom’ and if it’s not the bottom we’re (expletive).”