For the entire month of December, Ford's plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, where about 1,000 workers assemble the Ford Ranger, will shut down. According to reports, it is normal for the plant to be closed for the week of Christmas, but an additional three weeks of downtime is necessary to "align production with demand."
There have been a lot of promotions in recent years to encourage people to buy new cars – green and
otherwise – in the United States like zero percent financing and tax credits. Now, GM is offering buyers of their
2006 and 2007 FlexFuel models a $1,000 voucher card to buy fuel. Green Car Congress estimates that’ll be a
little over 5,000 miles in a Tahoe.
Mark Fields revealed last week during his
update speech detailing Ford’s progress with its “Way Forward Plan” that two Blue Oval plants will be
idled in 2008. The two plants affected include the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, MN and the Norfolk Assembly
Plant in Virginia.