2017 Ford Escape, Explorer Production Revs Up In Response to Consumer Demand | Edmunds

2017 Ford Escape, Explorer Production Revs Up In Response to Consumer Demand


DEARBORN, Michigan — The production of popular Ford SUVs, including the 2017 Ford Escape, Explorer and Edge will rev up this summer in response to consumer demand, Ford said on Friday.

The Dearborn automaker said it will "build nearly 22,000 extra SUVs this summer."

"Strong customer demand for our SUVs means we will operate some of our North American plants during the traditional two-week summer shutdown," said Gary Johnson, Ford vice president of North American manufacturing, in a statement.

Ford has notched sales gains across its entire SUV product portfolio, including Escape, Edge, Explorer, Flex and Expedition.

Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant, Chicago Assembly Plant and Oakville Assembly Plant will shut down only the week of July 4 for building maintenance and machine retooling, instead of the traditional two-week summer vacation shutdown.

Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant will have a shortened summer shutdown in advance of the upcoming launch of the 2017 Ford Super Duty truck later this year.

Edmunds says: There will be no shortage of Ford SUVs at your local Ford dealership, as workers skip summer break to keep car shoppers happy.

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