With sales of the Focus and C-Max Hybrid on the decline, Ford has decided to idle their production for two weeks at the Wayne, Michigan plant, by the end of the year, to adjust supply with demand, according to Autonews.
The Blue Oval’s latest move follows the suspension of production of a series of other models for the same reason, including the Mustang, the Kansas City-made F-150, the Lousville plant’s Escape and Lincoln MKC, and the Mexican-assembled Fiesta, Fusion and MKZ.
Additionally, the brand’s CFO, Bob Shanks, revealed that one of the three shifts at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the F-150 is put together, is being dropped this week, so that the Blue Oval can manage the inventory.
Initial data shows that suspending production of the aforementioned cars affects approximately 13,000 employees, out of which some 9,000 are in the United States. Ford, though, plans to compensate those whose work experience in the field exceeds one year by paying roughly 80 percent of their normal paychecks. In Mexico, on the other hand, it’s unknown whether the company’s workers will receive their salaries during the production halt.