The automaker will also shorten its traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week for a majority of North American assembly plants. That alone will increase production by close to 40,000 units, according to the company.
Based on strong demand for its newest products -- the F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer -- Ford said six of its assembly plants including Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Kentucky Truck, Louisville and Oakville, will shut down only the week of June 29.
To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling trucks and utilities, we are continuing to run our North American facilities during the traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to add close to 40,000 units," said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president of North America manufacturing said in a statement. "Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we're getting more of our vehicles into dealerships," he added.
Ford said demand for its trucks and utilities continues to be strong, with the all-new 2015 F-150 at 20 days inventory turnover on dealer lots in April, and the Edge spending just 10 days on dealer lots.
The automaker said Escape inventories remain tight in a growing small utility vehicle segment, and Explorer inventories are also tight, with the new 2016 Explorer just beginning to hit dealer lots as production ramps up.