According to a report published by Automotive News, Ford Motor Company CFO Bob Shanks has confirmed to a group of industry analysts that production of the 2015 Ford F-150 has finished ramping-up at both the Dearborn, MI and Kansas City, MO assembly plants.
Shanks did not, however, confirm that a shortage of frames from supplier Metalsa had forced the cancellation of some overtime production shifts.
In fact, the CFO only said on the matter that the launch of the 2015 Ford F-150 had gone better than originally anticipated, stating that “whenever you have launches, you have issues that you have to deal with in the supply base. We’re always working closely with suppliers if there’s an issue to sort it out.
“If that were the case, that’s what we’d be doing.”
Automotive News noted that a shortage of 2015 Ford F-150 supply had cost the automaker somewhat, with May sales of the fullsize pickup slipping 9.7 percent. That’s despite a segment-wide gain of 17 percent. Still, transaction prices remain high, with customers spending an average of $43,300 for the 2015 Ford F-150 in May – up $3,300 from a year prior.