Due to a shortage of V-6 engine parts, Ford Motor Co. has shut down production at its Dearborn, Mich., truck assembly plant for a week. Ford said that because of this shortage, the availability of the 3.7-liter V-6 and a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine made at the Cleveland, Ohio, engine plant, has been affected.
These engines are among four engines available on the 2011 Ford F-series pickup. About 3,000 hourly and salaried employees are affected by the temporary shutdown.
Ford spokesman Todd Nissen declined to identify the specific part or its supplier. Nissen said that during the economic downturn, many suppliers reduced capacity.
And so these suppliers are now having difficulty coping with the increased volumes. Nissen said that the Dearborn plant is scheduled to resume all production shifts next Monday.
He added that the parts shortage has not affected other vehicle or assembly plants. Ford only started assembling the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine this month.
The engine is expected to be available in February. The demand for the F-series increased by 28% in 2010. For 2011, Ford expects increased sales as the U.S. economy recovers and as there are more fuel efficient engines available.