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Ford Halts F-150 Production in KC, GM Pauses EV Production

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August 19, 2021—The global semiconductor shortage is continuing to wreak havoc on the automotive production infrastructure across the country.

Ford Motor Co. announced it will halt production of F-150 pickups at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant next week, and General Motors will temporarily stop production of its Bolt EV due to the shortage, according to a report from The Detroit News. 

Ford cited worsening conditions in Malaysia, which is where some semiconductor chips, as a primary reason for the stoppage. Ford expects production at its plant to resume Monday, Aug. 31. While GM's Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion will shut down for a week, the shortage has not yet hit the OEM's trucks or full-size SUVs.

"These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID 19-related restrictions," GM spokesman Dave Barnas said in a statement. "We remain confident in our team’s ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles.”

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