Ford-brand SUV sales are steaming along this summer. In fact, Ford says SUV sales are off to their best start in company history for the first five months of the year.
In fact, sales are so good, Ford says it’s cutting its traditional two-week summer shutdown down to one week at several plants to keep up with demand. The automaker’s SUV plants in Louisville, Chicago and Oakville, Ontario will get a one week break instead of two so the plants can roll out an extra 22,000 SUVs.
“Strong customer demand for our SUVs means we will operate some of our North American plants during the traditional two-week summer shutdown,” said Gary Johnson, vice president of North American Manufacturing. “Our SUV assembly plants will continue to build vehicles to make sure we have enough of our popular SUVs to meet customer demand.”
Ford says it’s sold 325,475 SUVs through May of this year, a 9 percent increase versus the same time period last year. The carmaker says its delivered sales gains across its entire SUV lineup including the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Flex and Expedition.
In addition to the SUV plants, Kentucky Truck will have a shortened summer shutdown, as well. Workers there are prepping for the upcoming launch of the all-new 2017 Super Duty later this year.
This is the fourth consecutive year Ford has shortened its summer shutdown at one or more of its plants due to high customer demand.
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