In August, Ford Motor Company started production of their mid-sized Fusion sedan at its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant, supplementing production in Mexico to keep up with demand.
That demand has apparently been met now that Ford has confirmed that Fusion production at the Flat Rock facility will be idled for about a week next month “as we continue to match production with demand” for the Fusion. Also idled for the same duration will the the Michigan Assembly plant which builds the Focus and C-Max. Ford executives attribute higher than desirable Fusion inventories to more aggressive incentives offered by Toyota on the Camry. Toyota’s average incentives increased 8% in October from a year earlier.
Fusion inventories climbed to an 88 day supply at the beginning of November from an almost ideal 65 days supply a month earlier, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Ford employees posting on BlueOvalNews.com say that they’ve heard that the Flat Rock plant could be idled for an additional four weeks during the first quarter of 2014.