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The Brink: Ford Oakville halts Edge production due to microchip shortage

Oakville, Ontario Ford Motor is exponentially cutting back vehicle production in July because of microchip shortage.

The cuts to vehicle production will impact eight plants for various amounts of time, including the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, which will not produce the Ford Edge for three weeks starting on July 19. 

AlixPartners, a consulting firm says that the microchip shortage will cost the automotive industry $110 billion in revenue globally in 2021 alone, and earlier this year, Ford said that they would lose roughly 50% of its vehicle production in the second quarter because of the chip shortage.

The Ford plants and vehicles thats are impacted by the microchip shortage are:

  • Ford Explorer and Lincoln Nautilus SUVs: The Chicago Assembly Plant in Illinois will be down for four weeks beginning July 5 and will run two shifts the week of Aug. 2.
  • Ford F-150 pickup: The Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan will run two crews for three weeks beginning July 12.
  • Ford Mustang: The Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan will be down for two weeks beginning July 12.
  • Ford Bronco Sport SUV and upcoming Ford Maverick small pickup: The Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico will run one of two shifts the weeks of July 12 and June 19.
  • F-150 and Transit van: The F-150 line will be down the weeks of July 12 and July 19, while the Transit line will be down the week of July 19 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri.
  • Ford Super Duty trucks and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs: The Kentucky Truck plant in Kentucky will be down the week of July 12 and run two shifts for three weeks beginning July 19.
  • Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair: The Louisville Assembly plant in Kentucky will run on a reduced schedule the week of July 19.
  • Ford Edge: The Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada will not produce the Ford Edge crossover for three weeks beginning July 19. The plant also produces the Lincoln Nautilus crossover.
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