In a fresh sign of pressure on U.S. automakers, Ford Motor Co. on Monday said it will shut down production of its best-selling F-150 pickup for a week at its Kansas City Assembly Plant and temporarily idle three other plants over the next several weeks.
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle model in North America, and a key profit-maker for Ford. However, sales of the overall F-series pickup model line fell nearly 3 percent in September. Ford dealers had a heavy 95 days’ supply of the pickups on their lots at the end of September, according to data compiled by Automotive News.
F-150 production at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will continue without interruption, Ford said.
Ford said it also is shutting down two plants in Mexico and its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.
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