DETROIT — Ford Motor Co stated on Thursday it for now will assemble its flagship, extremely worthwhile F-150 pickup vans and Edge SUVs in North America with out sure components and idle two meeting vegetation because of the international semiconductor chip scarcity.
The U.S. automaker stated the chip scarcity, mixed with the scarcity of a component attributable to the central U.S. winter storm, is prompting it to construct the automobiles after which maintain them “for a lot of weeks” till they are often accomplished and shipped. The affected automobiles quantity within the “hundreds,” a spokeswoman stated.
Ford stated additionally it is idling manufacturing at vegetation in Louisville, Kentucky, and Cologne, Germany.
The prices related to these actions are lined within the Dearborn, Michigan-based firm’s earlier forecast that income this yr may very well be hit by $1 billion to $2.5 billion because of the chip scarcity.
The scarcity, which has hit automakers globally, stems from a confluence of things. Carmakers shut vegetation for 2 months throughout the COVID-19 pandemic final yr and canceled chip orders. In the meantime, demand for chips susred from the buyer electronics business as folks labored from dwelling and performed video video games. Now carmakers should compete for chips.
Final month, Ford lower shifts at two vegetation that construct the full-size F-150 vans, a transfer that adopted manufacturing cuts of different automobiles. Ford, like different automakers, has stated it would prioritize and allocate chips to its highest-margin automobiles when it may.
On Monday, Normal Motors Co stated it was constructing some light-duty full-size pickups with no gas administration module, shaving a mile per gallon from gas economic system. GM beforehand stated the chip scarcity may lower as much as $2 billion from this yr’s income.
The Ford vans and SUVs being assembled with out sure components embrace some digital modules with the scarce chips, Ford stated. It didn’t determine suppliers of the affected components, however a spokeswoman stated the components wanted for the F-150 and Edge automobiles are tied to fundamental features, similar to windshield wiper motors and infotainment methods.
Ford is canceling the late shift on Thursday and each shifts on Friday at its Louisville Meeting Plant, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs. Manufacturing is anticipated to renew on brief shifts on Monday and full manufacturing the next day.
In Cologne, the place the Fiesta automotive is constructed, the plant is being idled March 1-16 and March 22. The corporate didn’t say what quantity was being misplaced because of that motion.