Ford F-150 Plants to Idle 13 Weeks

Ford F-150 Plants to Idle 13 Weeks

In preparation to building the 2015 Ford F-150, the American automaker has announced that it plans for 13 weeks of downtime at its plants.

Production at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will be halted for 11 weeks while the plant near Kansas City will be halted for two weeks. During the downtime, Ford will retool the plants to begin production on the next-generation Ford F-150.

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Analysts believe the extra downtime for the 2015 F-150 launch could reduce the American automaker’s pretax profit by $800 million this year.

The 2015 Ford F-150 will bring a drastic overhaul to the automaker’s best-selling vehicle. The more expensive aluminum body will ultimately have a significant effect on the company’s profits this year. Last year, the F-Series pickups accounted for 31 percent of Ford’s U.S. sales and Morgan Stanley estimates that it generates nearly 90 percent of the automaker’s global profits.

GALLERY: 2015 Ford F-150


[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Boydnar

    Wow. I’m a Chevy guy, but I gotta admit . . . this F-150 looks good.

  • Isend2C

    I’ll take a gander at Ford’s once they start offering current generation transmissions like Dodge/RAM… The rest of the truck seems good though.

  • trip

    loos like a ram and a tundra crossed lmfao