DETROIT -- Just three months after Ford Motor Co. started production of the Fusion mid-sized sedan at a second North American plant to keep up with demand, it has more supplies of the car than it needs.
Ford has scheduled "approximately" one extra week off in December at its Flat Rock, Mich., plant "as we continue to match production with demand," a spokeswoman confirmed.
A Nov. 26 report from Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Ford executives partially attributed high Fusion inventory to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s "aggressive discounting of the Camry."
Ford had an 88-day supply of Fusions on Nov. 1, up from 65 days a month earlier, according to the Automotive News Data Center. On Nov. 1, 2012, Ford had just a 48-day supply of Fusions on hand.
Postings by Ford employees on blueovalnews.com indicate that the Flat Rock plant could have four more weeks of downtime in the first quarter of 2014.