Ford cutting production as US demand slows

In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, an assemblyman makes final adjustments to a Ford Focus on the assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that doors won't latch properly on about 400,000 Ford Focus compact cars, according to information posted Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The probe covers cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Ford is temporarily idling four North American plants in response to slowing demand for new vehicles.

The company has scheduled one-week closures this month for its plants in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hermosillo and Cuatitlan, Mexico. Those plants make the F-150 pickup truck, the Fusion sedan and the Fiesta subcompact.

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Ford Motor Co. will close its Louisville, Kentucky, plant for two weeks in October. That plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC small SUVs.

After six years of growth, U.S. demand for new vehicles is slowing. So far this year, overall industry sales are flat compared to 2015.

Ford says the cuts won’t impact its financial guidance, and still expects a pretax profit of $10.2 billion this year.


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