2013 Ford C-Max HybridFord will be putting the brakes on production at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, idling production during the weeks of October 28 and December 16. Ford is citing the first drop in US sales in 27 months, a 4.2-percent dip in September, as the impetus for trimming their supplies, according to Automotive News.

Ford's deft management of its supplies has been part of its success over the years, and seeing supplies of Focus and C-Max, the two vehicles built at MAP, rise from 58 and 108 days, respectively, to 71 and 122 days over the span of a month was apparently all that was need to justify the trimming. As AN points out, the rule of thumb for many automakers is to maintain a 60-day supply of vehicles.

"Ford has been focused on keeping their pricing in check. Their operating margin is in double digits. Nobody else is there and they're obviously very proud of that," Alan Baum, an auto analyst with Baum & Associates told AN. Keeping the supply chain operating smoothly and not increasing supplies too much is crucial to that healthy profit margin. After all, a large supply lowers prices ,which, in turn, cuts profit. So while this news might not be great for employees at MAP, who now have an extra two weeks of vacation time, it's far from a sign of problems in Dearborn. Quite the opposite, actually.


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      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this mean no more C-Max Energi either? I keep hearing that they have a supply shortage of those.
      Lastchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford must be suffering for so many poor reviews on some of their cars. For instance Consumer reports rates Ford at the bottom of there reliablity study because of many unresolved issues with their cars. In addition they over estimated the mpg for the c-max, which no one can seem replicate in the real world. Which is all a shame since they have showed so much potential with their current line up. I even considered them then for awhile. I thought they might have turned the page but old habits die hard.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lastchance
        Ford apologized for misstating the C-Max's EPA numbers, issued rebates, and agreed to change the window sticker to the lower mileage claims. The problem with the quality surveys is that people are having trouble with MyFordTouch. It has nothing to do with the build quality or reliability of the car itself.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Wish I could pay someone $500 to use illegal advertising to get them to buy a vehicle where I stand to make well over $500 in profit margin. You can *always* pay $5 to get $10 back. It's a win/win and the consumer is the only sucker.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          If the malice you're implying were true, why did they issue rebates at all? They could've just said "tough luck" and have been done with it, OR they could've delayed the mileage reductions for much longer by disputing the claims and thus kept up the "illegal" advertising. It's clearly not as bad as you're making it out to be, but if believing the Ford is some evil organization out to rip people off helps you sleep at night, then go right ahead.
          Lastchance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          The issues go beyond the ford sync system. For instances Consumer reports states the ford auto transmission is one of the worst in the market. Even with the updates it still has many problems. Then there is overall fit and finish issue complaints.
          xxmixedxtapexx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          LastChance the transmission issues are only with the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), not the CVT. The C-Max CVT hasn't had any issues that I know of. The Focus however needs either a trans that's not DCT or a new design for the DCT.
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the lower mpg rating on the Cmax is hurting Ford. And the 2014 Corolla is hurting the Focus
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Huh, a recent report on Autoblog seems to disagree with you about the C-Max, it's selling better with the lower ratings than it was before.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Right, selling so well they have to shut the factory down.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      The CMax Energi and the Focus EV are great cars, just not yet in my price range. This is what happens when the CEO makes Millions, he has no conception what is affordable for the median wage or 2X median age buyer.
        calstag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        I'm sorry, how is it the CEO's fault that you don't make enough money to buy an EV? These aren't mass-market vehicles that are meant for everyone. Ford has a Fiesta for that.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        The problem is job security. If I knew I would still have my job 5 years from now or 10 years from now, then yes, I could afford a $35,000 car. But, if I lose my job in 6 months, I would be stuck with less of a financial cushion. I won't get into the current Wall St. plan to cut benefits to workers, yet pay out dividends to shareholders and worry only about the price of the stock so management can make big bonuses.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          You do realize that many retired people need those dividends to live as part of their retirement income? Not all shareholders and bond holders are "rich"....they are just normal people that worked hard and invested wisely. But then again success is always bad in the eyes of those that dont want to work for any.
          Car Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Sounds like you need to research the term "Emergency fund".........
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably smart on their part. Focus is going to need a refresh soon in order to keep up, with the Corolla, Forte, and Mazda3 all being new for 2014.
      AL EDETROITMICH
      • 1 Year Ago
      IF YOU RESEARCH THE NEW MAZDA DIESEL ,CHECK OUT OLD EPISODE OF AUTOLINE DAILY...MAZDA IS DOING SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN TRIED BEFORE, IE:...THE ENGINE USES LOWER COMPRESSION IN THE CYLINDERS,THAN DOES A CONVENTIONAL DIESEL, IN OTHER WORDS RESULTING IN SLIGHTLY LOWER MPG AND HP AND TORQUE....IN ADDITION THEY ARE USING COMMON PARTS BOTH FOR GAS AND DIESEL ENGINES...IF ANYONE NEEDS A HISTORY LESSON,...IN THE LATE 70"s gm tried to save money, reduced costs by using a 350 gas engine block,and destroyed diesels reputation for along time in the usa.....
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only fords i see in town are the new fusion. I've only seen one C-max and maybe 2 new focus since it launched....
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        I've seen a lot of Fusions and Focus but absolutely zero C-Max.
          Yeah yeah
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          I saw tons of CMax taxis on a recent trip to San Francisco. I don't see a ton at home, but I do see a couple a week at least
        randeedermer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        You've only seen two new Focuses since they were launched? I hope you are enjoying the desolate farmland you live on.
          bK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @randeedermer
          Yes a farmland dominated by civics, altimas, and prius
        Steve Hatchel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        I live in notoriously import-dominated Orange County CA and I see Foci and Fusions everywhere.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        BK lives in Japan????
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were in the market for a new car, and I'm not, a C-Max Energi would be at the top of my list. It's too bad that Ford made my 2012 Taurus so damn good, because I wouldn't dream of getting rid of it, lol.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
        The C-Max is tiny compared to your Taurus too. My parents have both, and while they're both great cars, they're much different driving experiences (and parking experiences). Oddly, they're both great for highway driving, with the Energi getting bonus points for the seating position.
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put a small diesel in the C-Max. Then watch the sales take off.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @William
        With the Energi version, you drive most of the time using electric power. No need to buy expensive diesel.
        JJ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @William
        Agreed. A small diesel option in the Focus wouldn't be a bad thing either.
        sloof70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @William
        Sweet dreams are made of these. My hope is that one day restrictions will loosen and automakers will give us the opportunity to buy little diesel hatchbacks. Will probably have to wait at least a few more years.
      Famsert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cutting production means is good news for a company only on AutoBlog.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Famsert
        If it were anyone but our favorite domestic automaker we'd hear how bad they are doing.
        Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Famsert
        Seriously, how is the fact that they can't get rid of their C-Maxes (a 120+ day supply is friggin' terrible) somehow spun as Ford's management genius? Autoblog's biases are hilariously obvious.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bruce Lee
          At the dealer I work at in the middle of nowhere (BFE) ohio, we typically have them on the lot for 2-3 weeks max which is really suprising. Not my favorite car (mustang please!) but they seem to sell quite well here.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Use the spare capacity to build a new Ranger.
        calstag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        You realize that by saying that you have just exhibited a complete lack of knowledge of the manufacturing process, right? How would you propose Ford tool up the necessary machinery to build a completely different car to what is built at MAP normally and do so in a month?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @calstag
          [blocked]
      drewbiewhan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see C-Maxs somewhat regularly now... I passed two on the highway just the other day. I had gone from seeing none to seeing around 5 per week ( I do mostly highway driving so I pass a lot of cars).
        Randy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        I'm seeing them in the Boston area. A few here and there. It's nice!
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        Even here in the middle of nowhere ohio I see at least 2-3 a week which is quite suprising considering I haven't seen a prius in probably a month & a half to two months.
          Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Maybe you saw me... I've driven a C-Max Energi in Ohio
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