Ford Motor Company has announced plans to idle five of its North American assembly plants over the next 10 weeks. The downtime is expected to help the company reduce inventory levels in the U.S. of slow-selling models, meaning most of the impacted vehicles are cars.
According to Reuters, Ford will idle two plants in Mexico and three in the U.S. The company’s Cuautitlan assembly plant that produces the Ford Fiesta will be down for three weeks. Ford will also idle the Hermosillo plant that produces the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ and its Flat Rock Michigan plant that also builds the Fusion, Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental each for two weeks. The company’s Michigan assembly plant that produces the Ford Focus will also idle for one week, while its Ford Transit-producing Kansas City plant will go down for two weeks.
Ford has not disclosed specific timetables for when the downtime occurs. In total, about 15,000 employees are impacted by the down-time.
Each of the models impacted by the downtime currently show ballooning inventory that Ford is trying to thin out, with the Lincoln Continental showing the largest inventory at 162-day supply, according to Automotive News. As consumers shift to SUVs and pickup trucks, most automakers are struggling with large car inventories.