DETROIT (AP) — A world semiconductor scarcity and a February winter storm have mixed to pressure Ford to construct F-150 pickup vehicles with out some computer systems.
The corporate says the pickups will probably be held at factories for “numerous weeks,” then shipped to sellers as soon as computer systems can be found and high quality checks are carried out.
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The transfer is the most recent ripple from the worldwide semiconductor scarcity, which earlier this week pressured Honda and Toyota to announce manufacturing cuts at some North American factories. Common Motors additionally has been pressured to construct pickups with out some computer systems and set up them later.
Ford’s transfer is prone to tighten stock of F-Sequence pickups, the top-selling autos in America. Inventories already are tight attributable to excessive demand and manufacturing losses attributable to final 12 months’s coronavirus-related manufacturing facility shutdowns.
Ford additionally stated it is going to construct the Edge SUV with out computer systems and ship them later, and it’ll cancel some shifts Thursday and Friday at an meeting plant in Louisville, Kentucky, the place the Ford Escape SUV is made.
Automakers have stated they don’t count on the chip scarcity to get any higher earlier than the third quarter of the 12 months. Ford has stated the scarcity may lower its pretax earnings by $1 billion to $2.5 billion, even when it makes up for a number of the misplaced manufacturing within the second half of the 12 months.
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Additionally Thursday, Nissan introduced it could briefly cancel manufacturing at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee; Canton, Mississippi; and in Aguascalientes, Mexico, as a result of chip scarcity. Some U.S. manufacturing strains will probably be down from Friday by way of Monday, whereas others will probably be idled only for the weekend. Aguascalientes Plant 1 will cease manufacturing by way of Tuesday.
Affected fashions embody the Murano, Rogue, Maxima, Leaf, Altima, NV Vans, Kicks, Versa and March.
As well as, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) additionally say they’ve been affected by the scarcity and compelled to delay manufacturing of some fashions as a way to hold different factories working.
Trade officers say semiconductor corporations diverted manufacturing to client electronics in the course of the worst of the COVID-19 slowdown in auto gross sales final spring. International automakers had been pressured to shut crops to forestall the unfold of the virus. When automakers recovered, there weren’t sufficient chips as demand for private electronics boomed.
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