Ford Bronco, Mach-E face production delays
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has severely hampered the automotive industry, forcing car makers to temporarily shut down production facilities and implement further cost-saving measures.
Bloomberg is now reporting that both the upcoming Mach-E and Bronco models are both facing production delays. Ford’s head of product development, Hau Thai-Tang, made the news during a Bank of America analysts' conference, saying Ford won't “do any additional delay to these launches beyond the impact of Covid-19.” He added that the primary motivator was saving the company cash during the crisis.
“Given our inability to work in the assembly plants during the shelter-in-place restrictions, it will have an impact to program timing, in terms of the launches,” Thai-Tang said. “But we expect the launch delays to be commensurate with the duration of the shutdown period.” Originally slated for an April debut, Ford has been forced to push the Bronco’s debut back to a later date, though Ford has told sources that it is still on track to hit the showrooms in 2021.
Ford is looking to resume work at its North American facilities on May 18, though it is being reported that the company is still facing a $NZ8.3billion quarterly loss due to the effects of the pandemic.