Ford shuts down three US plants for 9 weeks
Since the summer holiday has just started people are now into anything else but buying cars. So it’s time for automakers such as Ford to change the production strategy during summer. Due to the fact that the demand for pickups and large SUVs is very low in this period Ford announces a longer holiday, at least for some of the plants. The new strategy includes more small cars in production and the shutdown of some plants for more than two months.
Three plants from the U.S.A are sure for closure at the moment: the Michigan truck plant, Kentucky Super Duty truck and the Louisville assembly plant. This kind of decision is no big surprise taking in consideration the low level of sales, with total sales going down 16% . For the Expedition and Navigator sales went down by 31% and, respectively 22%. Ford announced that it would be making more job cuts due to output cutbacks of 280,000 to 350,000 vehicles this year.