May 23, 2022

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Ford, Stellantis plan downtime at North American plants

Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV will consider downtime at plants in North America next 7 days due to the ongoing worldwide semiconductor scarcity that’s hampered car output throughout the world for additional than a calendar year.

The Dearborn automaker verified its Kentucky Truck Plant — which builds Super Duty trucks, the Ford Expedition SUV and Lincoln Navigator SUV — and its Ohio Assembly Plant — which builds medium-duty trucks, vans and Tremendous Obligation chassis cabs — will be down subsequent 7 days.

“The world-wide semiconductor shortage continues to influence Ford’s North American plants — together with automakers and other industries close to the globe,” Ford spokesman Stated Deep mentioned in a statement. “At the rear of the scenes, we have groups doing the job on how to maximize creation, with a ongoing motivation to making every single high-need auto for our prospects with the excellent they assume.”

In the meantime, the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks will idle Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois for the 7 days. The plant, one particular of the worst strike by the semiconductor lack, creates the Jeep Cherokee crossover on one particular change.