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GM’s CAMI assembly plant at Ingersoll, Ont. (GM.ca)

GM to cut North American production, citing chip shortage

Both GM, Ford cutting truck production

Washington | Reuters — General Motors will reduce production at most North American assembly plants this month because of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, hitting its profitable truck and sport utility vehicles, it said Thursday. The largest U.S. automaker will halt production next week at its Fort Wayne plant in Indiana and its Silao plant […] Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden test-drives the new Ford F-150 lightning truck at Dearborn, Michigan on May 18, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

Ford wires its electric trucks for business customers

Tesla, GM seen positioning electric pickups as 'lifestyle vehicles'

Detroit | Reuters — Ford Motor Co.’s newly revealed electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup doubles down on a bet that the company can beat Tesla and other rivals by giving new technology a familiar face and convincing longtime fleet and business customers that going electric saves money. Ford officially unveiled the battery electric […] Read more


Screenshot from a U.S. NHTSA video showing a rupturing Takata airbag inflator. (Nhtsa.gov via YouTube)

Ford recalling older-model Rangers over airbag inflators

Deaths, injuries linked to faulty inflators

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had obsolete Takata air bag modules installed in collision and theft repairs after the Takata recall was completed, the automaker said on Thursday. The second-largest U.S. automaker identified about 8,800 Ford Ranger 2004-06 trucks in Canada and 144,340 in the […] Read more

A promotional photo of Ford’s 2021 F-150 Raptor. (Media.ford.com)

Ford cuts output of F-150s due to semiconductor shortage

U.S. firm among manufacturers caught off guard

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is cutting shifts at two U.S. plants that build its highly profitable flagship F-150 pickup trucks starting next week due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips, raising fears the problem could be worsening. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it will run one of […] Read more


A 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat. (Ford.com)

Ford says emissions certification process under federal probe

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday Canadian officials have opened a preliminary investigation into the automaker’s emissions certification process. Ford said in its annual report Environment and Climate Change Canada has opened a probe into the matter after the automaker disclosed early last year that the U.S. Justice Department had opened a […] Read more



A 2013 Ford F-150. (Ford Media video screengrab via YouTube)

Ford recalls 1.48 million pickups over transmissions

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said on Wednesday it was recalling about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a potential transmission downshift issue that could increase the risk of a crash. Ford said select 2011-2013 model year trucks with six-speed automatic transmission could experience an unintended downshift into first […] Read more




Ford’s 2018 Super Duty King Ranch Crew Cab pickup. (Ford.com)

Ford scrambles to restart truck production after fire at supplier

Detroit | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. is working with a key supplier to shift some parts production from Michigan to Ontario, after a fire and subsequent parts shortages forced the automaker to halt manufacturing of its highly profitable full-size pickups, according to sources familiar with the companies’ plans. The supplier, Chinese-owned Meridian Magnesium Products, […] Read more