DETROIT — Plant shutdowns due to the coronavirus will result in roughly two-month delays for several of Ford Motor Co.’s key vehicle programs, including the redesigned F-150 pickup and new Bronco SUV, but a top executive said the automaker doesn’t envision additional postponements.
“Given our inability to work in our assembly plants during the shelter-in-place restrictions, it will have an impact to program timing, in terms of the launches, but we expect the launch delays to be commensurate with the duration of the shutdown period,” Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, said Friday in a Bank of America presentation.
Ford on March 18 said it would shutter its North American facilities as the coronavirus spread across the globe. It plans to resume limited production at most plants Monday.
Ford has already delayed public unveilings of the Bronco, Bronco Sport crossover and F-150 this spring.
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