Ford F-150 Plants to Idle 13 Weeks

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Isend2C Isend2C on Jul 21, 2014

    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 Trip on Aug 11, 2014

    loos like a ram and a tundra crossed lmfao