Ford Summer Break
Most car companies take some months off in the summer. It lets them retool factories for refreshed models or just to let them gauge the market for future sales and production goals. It also serves to provide factory workers with some time off in the summer. However, sometimes the market makes it tough to do this, and this year, that happens to be the case.
Despite a tough winter that buried a lot of the country in snow and threw the rest of it into a deep freeze, car sales have been surprisingly great all year, and that holds truly especially for Ford. Its factories in Chicago, Kansas City, and its two factories in Louisville, KY will all have shorter than planned downtimes so they can continue to meet demand for the 2014 Ford Taurus, Explorer, the all new 2015 Ford F-150, Escape, and Expedition.
This is, of course, the opposite of what was expected. It was assumed the incredibly cold weather would damper car sales so badly that the usual vacation would actually be longer than usual to let the market adjust to the volume still unsold. However, much to the chagrin of auto industry naysayers, overall sales are up over last year and companies like Ford will have to work even harder to keep up, especially with a slew of redesigned vehicles hitting dealership floors such as the new F-150, new 2015 Ford Mustang, and the 2015 Ford Edge. That should keep them plenty busy all through the summer.