DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. plans to build 660,000 vehicles in North America in the fourth quarter, up 67,000 or 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 and up 15,000 from its previous production forecast, the company said today.
The 660,000 will be split one-third cars and two-thirds trucks, including pickups, SUVs and crossovers, Ford CFO Lewis Booth said during a conference call discussing Ford's third-quarter earnings.
Ford also plans to build 395,000 units in Europe, down 2,000 from a year earlier; 210,000 in the Asia Pacific Africa region, down 26,000; and 105,000 in South America, down 17,000.
Ford said it had lost 17,000 units of production so far from flooding in Thailand. Although a factory owned jointly with Mazda Motor Corp. has not been flooded, output has been curtailed due to shortages of parts from flooded suppliers. Ford expects to lose about 30,000 units before production resumes.
Ford said it is monitoring the floods' potential impact on production outside of the Asia Pacific Africa region.