The Number 2 US automaker announced it is prepared to spend $80 million to boost production of large pickups and SUVs this year at its Louisville truck plant.
One of the two facilities in Louisville, the Kentucky plant built last year 353,662 vehicles. The vast majority of the models were the popular F-Series Super Duty, the bigger, more rugged, brother of the known F-150.
The truck plant was first opened in 1969 will up its capacity now by 55,000 units to 420,000, Ford said, as up until now it was running close to its rated maximum annual capacity of 365,000. The company provided no additional details about the planned timeline for the expansion.
According to data from Automotive News, the F-Series Super Duty made most of the production last year in Louisville, at 272,521. There were also built there 78,500 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
With a more potent 6.7-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine and bigger towing capacity, a mildly facelifted 2015 F-Series Super Duty goes on sale this spring. As Ford does not present a break out of the sales for the different models within the standard F-Series there is no sales figure for the F-Super Duty, but he full line is the best-selling vehicle in the US, with sales last year jumping 18 % to 763,402.
The Expedition and Navigator models will be facelifted and updated this fall for the 2015 model year. Obviously, they sell in much smaller numbers than the Super Duty, which has the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 pickups.
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Friday, January 31st, 2014 - filed under Ford
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