• Mar 25, 2011
2010 Ford Taurus SHO – Click above for high-res image gallery

Due to a pigment shortage stemming from the March 11 earthquake in Japan, Ford has had to stop taking new orders for cars in Tuxedo Black, and is limiting orders of three shades of red. Officials from Ford say they're working on another source for the pigment as you read this, and have enough cars in each color to satisfy demand until production resumes.

The paint shortage affects the F-150 and Super Duty lines of pickups, as well as the Explorer, the Expedition, Focus, Taurus and the Lincoln MKS and Navigator. Ford's slowdown follows General Motors, who slowed production of pickups in Shreveport, Louisiana, as well as compact cars in Europe following parts shortages.

Honda, Toyota and Nissan have all experienced slowdowns as a result of the quake, though none have had to limit color choices.



Photos copyright ©2011 John Neff / AOL

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Make more blue cars. I like blue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ford Taurus is a sweet looking car for a full size family hauler.
      The rear end looks a little funky I don`t know something about the tail lights doesn`t look quite right but thats really nit picking. Great sporty looking land yacht over all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG,even the paint comes from Asia,i tell you,talk about cheap. Are you telling me there are'nt any making of automotive paint in the USA,WOW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great in Red.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well that's Ford's fault. If they would quit outsorcing so much crap...it's pathetic they do not have a backup plan for something as simple as making paint...and Mulally is making how much?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously Ford? You can't get your paint supply from an American manufacturer. That's kind of disappointing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Other Bob,
        For Japan and China he has a point.
        But how about Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. We enjoy a huge trade surplus with them.

        The worlds monetary supply is all interconnected so trade deficits are not an issue.

        Government budget deficits, however, are a major issue!
        • 3 Years Ago
        The issue isn't with paint. The issue is with the pigment used to make the paint, as well as the metallic flake that goes into the paint.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rick,
        Please also send a message to anyone outside of America to not buy a single thing from America.

        As you know, trade cuts both ways.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The othe Bob
        How can there be a world wide net deficit???
        do we trade with Mars and Aliens?
        The world's trade always and always adds to ZERO!

        The world as a whole is in a deficit of government budgets.
        dont get them confused. USA has two deficits.
        One is trade deficit one is government deficit.
        Trade is non issue.
        Government books though is very very important. Spending in washington and most governments is out of control.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The worlds monetary supply is all interconnected so trade deficits are not an issue."

        That is complete bunk, especially when there is a worldwide, net deficit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford was buying black paint from Japan as far back as the "any color you want as long as its [Japan] Black" Model T.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_black
      • 3 Years Ago
      That colors is from Mazda, This red is used by Mazda in the Mazda RX-8 and Mazda 6, if you do not believe me, look for the Blue Ford Fiesta and the Mazda 3
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's fascinating watching the spirals of the global economy ebb and flow due to a natural disaster on the other side of the world. 50 years ago, this would have been a Japanese disaster. In today's world, we all feel it in many ways. There are good and bad points as with anything, but there are lessons to be learned. We are One World already, or have we always been?
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 2011 Ford Fusion is Tux Black, can't exclude my car out of that list! My old car, 01 Vette, was also Tux Black...can't companies be original?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was reading somewhere else today that the problem part for the Colorado/Canyon is the mass airflow sensor, made by Hitachi.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Home Depot has plenty of red and black Krylon---for sanity reasons, you mean we (the USA) cannot even produce paint!
      • 3 Years Ago
      But...red ones go faster!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree red RULES green Drools... I love red cars and easy women!~
        • 3 Years Ago
        So you will see more purple Ford Taurus cars at Hertz.
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