Ford Motor Co. insists that supply disruptions at its Hermosillo, Mexico, assembly plant have been minor. But hiccups cost the automaker an estimated 2,000 units of its new mid-sized sedans this month.
The plant started producing the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr on Aug. 1. The cars are now rolling into U.S. showrooms.
Ford spokesman Paul Wood acknowledged that suppliers at the Hermosillo plant, led by Collins & Aikman, have caused production shutdowns. Collins & Aikman's operations are being overseen by a federal judge under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
Wood described the disruptions as "really nothing out of the ordinary." Ford has released almost 20,000 sedans for shipment, "a little short of where we thought we'd be," he said. Production had returned to normal last week, Wood said. Ford intends to make up the lost units.