Ford delayed launch of its F-Series Super Duty due to parts issue

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The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is all-new vehicle with a host of changes that the automaker claims make it the most capable Super Duty ever – claims we evaluated early in August with our first drive of the Super Duty line. As with any other all-new vehicle, Ford has had a few rough edges to smooth out to bring the vehicle to market. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, a union official at Ford's Louisville, KY truck factory revealed unidentified "parts issues" as the reason for delaying the truck's launch in a letter to assembly workers.

Delaying the launch of the Ford F-Series Super Duty will obviously affect the automaker's third-quarter earnings in a negative way. The letter, which was distributed to the workers in the form of a newsletter, came from Rodney James, the truck factory's union chairman, who claimed it would be "impossible to build all of the lost units in the third-quarter," reports The Wall Street Journal.

With Ford losing out on sales thanks to the delayed launch, the automaker is trying to increase production to meet the demand for its F-Series Super Duty. In an email, Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker told Autoblog: "We continue ramping up production on the all-new Super Duty. As with all vehicle launches, we are working closely with our suppliers to meet customer demand for the truck, which has been outstanding in its early weeks."

Ford faced a similar issue with its F-150 last year that hampered production. The problem with the F-150 was due to frame availability. Ford didn't state what component was to blame for the F-Series Super Duty's delayed launch. As The Wall Street Journal points out, James' newsletter states the assembly workers at Ford's Kentucky truck plant could be working overtime for up to a year after the F-Series Super Duty's launch date to catch up on lost sales.

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