Ford’s Summer Shutdown Decreased to One Week

Car sales have a tendency to slump a bit during the winter months, and to help reduce inventories, many auto manufacturers shut down for a few weeks during the summer. Ford’s summer shutdown has traditionally lasted two weeks, but because of customer demand for some of Ford’s newest cars, the summer shutdown will be shortened to only one week.

This means that Ford will produce about 40,000 extra units this year to meet customer demand for the F-Series trucks, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.

“To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling trucks and utilities, we are continuing to run our North American facilities during the traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to add close to 40,000 units,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing, in a statement. “Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships.”

Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities will shut down from June 29 through July 10 to building maintenance and machine retooling. However, the Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Louisville, and Oakville assembly plants will only shut down during the week of June 29.

Come check out the incredible lineup of Ford trucks and SUVs available now at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Ford F-Series Sees Best April Sales Since 2006

The Ford F-Series has done it again!  As we all know, the Ford F-Series has been the number one truck in America for the past 37 years and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon!  The F-Series saw its best April sales in the United States since 2006.  To top off the success of the F-Series, the Ford Explorer had a banner month as well, with April sales being the best they have seen since 2005!

“F-Series and Explorer showed considerable strength in April, posting their best results in almost a decade.  We also saw another breakout month for Fusion, with continued strength in the western region.  Overall, industry sales continued the rebound from January and February and are on a path of steady growth” boasted John Felice, Ford’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service.

Ford EcoBoost continues to play a huge role in the increase in sales, with it being 42% of the truck’s overall retail engine’s sold.  A total of 63,387 Ford F-Series were sold in April and we hope to see those numbers continue to rise for the month of May.

Come visit us at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford and check out our great inventory of the Ford F-Series and Ford Explorer!

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Customer Demand Prompts Ford to Increase Super Duty Production

The Kentucky Truck Plant, which builds the F-250 through F-550 versions of Ford’s powerful Super Duty truck, just received an $80 million investment. The investment, which will help create 350 additional jobs at the factory, will mainly support a 15% increase in Super Duty production, an increase made necessary by insatiable customer demand for the popular truck.

“Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America’s best-selling truck for 37 years running,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Building on more than 100 years of manufacturing in Kentucky, we are proud to expand our profitable growth in the region as a result of our leadership in trucks and SUVs.”

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we know firsthand just how popular these Super Duty trucks are, so the increase makes perfect sense to us. Come by Shults soon and take one of these awesome trucks out for a test drive—you’ll easily see why Ford is finding it necessary to increase production on these behemoths.

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