Manufacturing snags trigger Ford to delay deliveries of Ford Bronco SUV and Mustang Mach-E

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Bronco SUVs in manufacturing at Ford’s Michigan Meeting plant, June 14, 2021.

Michael Wayland | CNBC

DETROIT – Ford Motor is delaying buyer deliveries of its electrical Mustang Mach-E crossovers and a few Bronco SUVs – two of its most high-profile new automobiles – as a consequence of manufacturing points.

The automaker confirmed Thursday it has recognized an issue with the molded-in coloration hardtop roofs on hundreds of Ford Bronco SUVs constructed to this point, which can negatively impression manufacturing and delay deliveries to prospects by months.

The automobiles have a top quality concern that may create an “unsatisfactory look when uncovered to excessive water and humidity,” in response to messages to sellers and prospects that had been confirmed by an organization spokesman. It doesn’t impression the operate of the car, in response to the corporate.

Present house owners are anticipated to be despatched a substitute roof freed from cost starting in October. Clients who’re nonetheless ready on their orders shall be notified of their new anticipated supply date within the coming months. Some orders shall be delayed from the 2021 mannequin 12 months to the 2022 mannequin 12 months, in response to the corporate.

“On account of continued roof challenges, we shall be producing fewer 2021 mannequin 12 months Bronco automobiles than initially deliberate,”  Ford mentioned in one of many messages that were posted on an online Bronco forum.

The roof downside comes days after Ford confirmed it was getting ready to inform future Mustang Mach-E prospects that supply of their automobiles could also be delayed not less than six weeks as a consequence of a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

“The worldwide semiconductor scarcity continues to have an effect on world automakers and different industries in all elements of the world,” Ford mentioned in a press release. “We’re working intently with all of our key suppliers to deal with manufacturing constraints tied to this world semiconductor scarcity so we will proceed to construct Mach-E automobiles, and get them to our prospects as shortly as we will.”

Ford and different automakers have considerably minimize manufacturing this 12 months as a result of chip scarcity, which consulting agency AlixPartners estimates will price the auto business $110 billion in income.

Ford spokesman Mentioned Deep mentioned the associated fee to switch the roofs and different actions “will not be materials.” In July, Ford raised its expectation for full-year adjusted earnings earlier than taxes by about $3.5 billion, to between $9 billion and $10 billion.