• Dec 18, 2008
A bitingly cold wind is sweeping through the Motor City this day, but the bigger chill continues to be the rapidly increasing number of idle plants from Detroit's automakers. As part of a previously-announced bid to trim first-quarter output by nearly 38%, Ford now says it will shut down ten North American factories the week of January 5. Unlike Chrysler's planned one month downtime (where they eerily won't commit to start dates), the Blue Oval has confirmed plans to re-light the fires in eight of those plants beginning the week of January 12.

That means that during the week of January 5, Ford's only active North American plants will be in Dearborn (F-150), and Kansas City (F-150, Escape/Mercury Mariner). The week of January 12 will see all facilities up save Hermosillo, Mexico (Fusion, Milan, Lincoln MKZ) and Oakville, Ontario, where the Flex, Edge, and MKX are built.

Ford is angling to cut down its quarterly output to just 430,000 vehicles, and shutdowns at staggered intervals are expected to continue throughout early next year.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Merry Christmas from Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And a not-so-happy New Year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you a$$wipes would go buy a car instead of hoarding your money, they wouldn't have to close the plants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford isn't in a position of needing to go bankrupt, that would be GM and Chrysler. You cannot simply just keep producing when there aren't customers. Don't worry, GMs announcement is just around the corner and I'm betting it will make Ford and Chryslers look good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think for a moment Ford is going bankrupt. Yes they are burning through cash the last couple of months but they squeaked out a profit in the first quarter of this year. They managed that because they really trimmed costs plus they have a huge bank balance right now. Also their turnaround is almost complete. The new Fusion is hitting the market and the other new products are almost here.

        Closing plants like this is a good idea. It will be a rough few months for the automakers and some of them may disappear but long term those who survive will be stronger. People will need to replace their vehicles eventually. We are going to have a whole bunch of built up demand and likely less competition when this is all over. That will be good for Ford long term and they are the only one of the Big 2.5 with the cash to ride it out even before the government gives them a dime.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually I mean Ch 11 will become Ch 7.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny when Chrysler announced it's decision, you chimed in at bad cars,poor choices..blah,blah,blah...But Ford, its ok to shut down for awhile, they make good cars? What a bunch of losers on here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would just like to say that 90% of the commenters on AutoBlog are a$$wipes and think that, them pretty much praying the Big 3 will go under, is sickening. You people really should be ashamed of yourselves and I hope that you get laid off and are completely broke in 6 months. That way you can see what its like to be unemployed. Idiots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ hugh g
      you obviously are on the inside. you might have something useful to contribute but instead you constantly post like you are an 8 year old troll.
      enjoy the time off in january.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, whatever they can do to save themselves I am all for. Luckily, these shutdowns are temporary.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hell, not like the dealers are selling much anyways...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think any of the companies want workers in the pants when the bankruptcy decision comes down
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you think swapping pants among themselves would help?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry to be off topic.....

      But is that a Kawasaki sticker ???
        • 6 Years Ago
        SSHHH! Toronto!! You don't want to awake any anti foreign sentiment amongst the NASCAR lov'in Auto Bloggers. The last thing we need to be tell'in the Yanks is that the Japanese actually do build the Big Three's cars.

        By chance, does anyone know where the V-6 Chevy Equinox engine is manufactured? I really want to buy American but nobody will tell me where the engine or transmission is built. I wonder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While all of this is going on we need to remember that many of the current economic problems we are having are because of the U.S. Congress. Sure, the auto companies have made a mess of it, but Congress has made an even bigger mess. Members of Congress would like us to not focus on them, but we need to keep them front and center while this economic mess sorts itself out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "A bitingly cold wind is sweeping through the Motor City this day, but the bigger chill continues to be the rapidly increasing number of idle plants from Detroit's automakers."
      Right off the bat you lose all creditability - it was a nice day today - the wind was almost non-existent and it wasn't very cold at all.

      FAIL
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is good news. They won't be building crappy cars that nobody wants. They are toast. They should just do us all a favor and die. Nobody will miss them... oh wait. I thought this was the story about Chrysler shutting down production.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do agree that this is the most rational decision. Ford's and GM's most successful and profitable lines are their pickups and SUVs. The F150 and Silverado are consistently at the top of the best-selling lists, year after year.

        While I'd personally hate to see it, maybe the best thing to do would be to focus on the core customer (the light-truck buyer) and stop producing passenger automobiles altogether for a few years. Take those core products to levels beyond anything offered by the competitors, and dominate the niche like Ferrari does with sports cars and Rolls-Royce does with luxury sedans (I know Rolls is owned by BMW, but I'm talking marques here).

        To me, it makes business sense, build and sell what your customers buy - the pickups and SUVs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, 37,911 of Nobodies exactly wanted & actually bought the F-series truck from Ford
        so much for the Nobodies family
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