Ford is contemplating shifting its technique, the individuals stated, to ease the glut of unfinished automobiles piling up on company-owned tons across the nation so it could actually preserve meeting vegetation working. By basically transferring the automobiles now, Ford would be capable to get them into prospects’ palms extra rapidly as soon as the chips are prepared as an alternative of getting to ship automobiles en masse at a later date.
“We’re exploring quite a lot of completely different choices as we work to get our prospects and sellers their new automobiles as rapidly as attainable,” a Ford spokesman stated.
Some sellers who spoke with Automotive Information stated they’re involved about shifting the duty — and potential legal responsibility — from the manufacturing unit to the vendor physique. Others, nonetheless, applauded the transfer as a result of it provides them one thing to placed on their practically empty tons.
Ford has been hit onerous by the chip disaster, saying earlier this yr that the scarcity will price it $2.5 billion and slash its manufacturing this yr by 1.1 million automobiles. Supplier tons have dried up, and prospects who positioned orders have been compelled to attend months.
In late April, Ford stated it had 22,000 partially constructed automobiles awaiting chips. It is unclear how a lot that quantity has grown.
The corporate has tried to ease the disaster by specializing in custom-built orders and providing patrons $1,000 off in the event that they place an order that shall be fulfilled at a later date.