Facing decreasing sales, Ford has no other way but to halt production of these models at the factory in Wayne, Michigan.
The third-generation Focus is approaching the end of its life cycle and that might partially explain the weaker demand for the compact model. Sales were down in U.S. through September by 14.5 percent to 140,049 units, while those of the C-Max declined by 12.4 percent to only 15,149 cars in the same period. That’s why the Blue Oval company has decided to stop production of these cars for two weeks at its Wayne, Michigan factory as a way to meet supply with the poor demand. Besides this shutdown, all of Ford’s U.S. plants will be closed in the last week of 2016 for the usual annual holiday break.
As a refresher, Ford announced earlier this month plans to temporarily stop production of the Mustang at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan for the very same reason. Demand for the pony car took quite a hit in 2016, with year-to-date sales dropping by 9.3 percent to 87,258 units.
In related news, Ford’s CFO Bob Shanks has revealed plans to reduce the number of shifts from three to two at the Kansas City, Missouri where it makes the F-150 pickup truck. It’s going to happen this week as a method to clear our inventory. Ford has already revealed other temporary factory shutdowns in Kentucky and Mexico to match production with demand for the Escape, Fusion, Fiesta, and the Lincoln MKC and MKZ models.
Ford is gearing up to introduce the next-generation Focus and Fiesta at some point next year, while spy images have shown the C-Max is preparing to receive a nip and tuck. Before the arrival of an all-new Focus, the current electric version will receive an update with a larger 33.5-kWh battery boosting range to an estimated 110 miles (177 kilometers). The 2017 Focus Electric is expected to take a bow next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show and go on sale before the year’s end.
Source: Ford via Automotive News