Ford Motor Co. A new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck is displayed at the Rouge Complex on September 17, 2020 in Dearborn, Michigan.
Rebecca Cook | Reuters
DETROIT – Ford Motor is once again cutting production of its F-150 pickup truck and other high-profit vehicles due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.
The automaker on Wednesday informed employees of the cuts, which are also affecting production of its larger Super Duty pickups and campaign SUVs.
“Our team is making the most of our available semiconductor allocation, finding unique solutions to provide our dealers and customers with the highest quality vehicles possible,” said John Savona, vice president of manufacturing and of Ford’s work, in an internal memo to employees. Est. “Retrieved by CNBC.
Most notably, the new production cuts include extending the F-150’s downtime at Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant during the week of September 6. Production of pickup trucks has fallen from last week since last week. Due to the lack of parts.
Ford’s other plant in the United States that produces the F-150 will also run only one of three shifts next week – the same number as this week for the Michigan plant.
Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, which manufactures Super Duty pickup trucks as well as the Expedition and Navigator SUVs, will also be selected for the weeks of September 6 and 13.
A Ford spokesperson confirmed the cuts described in Wednesday’s memo.