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The Detroit News is reporting that Ford dealers are stockpiling 2014 F-150 pickups in anticipation of the launch of the next generation of Ford’s best-selling light truck. That may be a wise decision in light of TTAC’s report last week that the 2015 F-150′s launch will be delayed due to stamping problems with the aluminum panels that the new truck will feature. Even without delays, dealers are worried that when Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant shuts down to retool for the new model they could be caught short of supply. Next year’s production numbers for the F-150 could drop as much as 10% because of the model changeover shutdown.

Suppliers are planning for production of the 2015 F-150 to start next summer. The production version of the new truck will likely be revealed next month at the at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Some dealers are ordering up to 20% more than their usual inventories, and may run into allocation issues. Ford allocates trucks based on dealers’ truck sales over the past three months, and how many pickups they currently have in inventory.

Jim Seavitt, president of Village Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, not far from Ford world HQ, said that he’s going to ask for “as much extra allocation as I can get my hands on. We know there’s going to be a shortage of trucks because of the changeover.”

Another factor is that current high demand for the F-150 doesn’t leave many trucks available for extra allocation.

“If you’re trying to build up a huge supply, (Ford will) clip you,” Seavitt said.

The 2014 model will continue to be available through the end of the 2014 calendar year, manufactured at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which will change over to the new model after Michigan Truck does.

Anticipating the shutdown next year, for is increasing first quarter F-150 production by 2% and in August it added a third shift to the Kansas City facility.

Ford and its F-Series account for about 90 percent of the company’s global auto profits, according to Morgan Stanley.

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Japanese Parts Paralysis: Renesas Rations Chips For Toyota, Nissan And Honda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/japanese-parts-paralysis-renesas-rations-chips-for-toyota-nissan-and-honda/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/japanese-parts-paralysis-renesas-rations-chips-for-toyota-nissan-and-honda/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:36:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391287

Yesterday’s good news from strategically important  Japanese automotive chip maker Renesas did not last long. Now for the bad news: Their automotive microcontroller chips will be strictly rationed when they eventually ship. This being Japan, it is said more politely: Renesas is “thinking about the development of voluntary rules for major automakers,” as Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun puts it.

The paper expects a “severe shortage of electronic parts”  fort this summer,  especially in the area of engine and brake control. The shortage could “eventually spread to other industries as well.”  Auto majors Toyota , Nissan and Honda will devise a system to share the limited supply of microcontrollers, says the Yomiuri.

Moving a whole corporation from Windows to Mac sounds trivial compared to switching automotive chip suppliers. “I see too many problems trying to replace these devices,” Matteo Fini, senior analyst at IHS Automotive, told CNET. Engine control units are designed to match the characteristics of a particular power train, Automakers use different programming languages, the computer chips have a different pin-out.

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