Ford Plants Humming To Meet Demand for 2016 Ford Explorer, Popular Trucks | Edmunds

Ford Plants Humming To Meet Demand for 2016 Ford Explorer, Popular Trucks


DEARBORN, Michigan — In response to increased consumer demand, Ford on Tuesday said it is adding capacity this summer to produce its most popular trucks and SUVs, including the redesigned 2016 Ford Explorer SUV, which is just hitting Ford dealer lots.

"The company this year will produce close to 40,000 extra units by idling select plants for only one week during what has been the traditional two-week summer shutdown," Ford said in a statement.

The decision is based on strong customer demand for the Ford F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer, the company said.

In April, Ford's all-new 2015 F-150 pickup truck was turning in just 20 days on dealer lots, while Edge spent just 10 days on dealer lots.

"Escape inventories remain tight in a growing small utility vehicle segment," Ford said. "Explorer inventories are also tight, with the new 2016 Explorer just beginning to hit dealer lots as production ramps up."

Edmunds says: A limited summer break for Ford workers means that car shoppers should have an easier time getting their hands on these popular vehicles.

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