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.
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.
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Ford recently announced that the horsepower and torque of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015 has been increased. With this increase, the Ford F-Series Super Duty has once again started leading the class, with 440 hp and 860 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to allow the Ford F-450 Super Duty tow an impressive 31,200 pounds, which Ford is claiming to be class leading.
For a better comparison to the competition, the Ford F-350 is a better one to look at. Capped at a towing capacity of 26,500 pounds, the Ford F-350 is no slouch, but it’s going to take a lot more than that for the F-450 to have any issues.
The ability for the increased power is definitely the talk of the town, and it comes from the increased horsepower and torque in the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine, not to mention the new fuel injector tips, as well as updated computer controls. The upgrades to the engine aren’t the only thing the Ford F-Series Super Duty has seen. The F-450 is getting new wheels and tires, leaf springs, shocks, and stabilizer bars, not to mention an upgraded steering and brake system.
Come down to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to check out the vast inventory of Ford F-Series Super Duty we have!