Editor's note: An earlier version of this story compared, incorrectly, Ford’s projection for 2022 U.S. retail sales to its total volume in 2021.
LAS VEGAS — Ford Motor Co., beset by ongoing production woes, told dealers on Saturday it was pushing back allocations and that wholesale deliveries will be lighter until the end of May, although it continues to produce vehicles and fill customer orders.
Ford dealers who attended a make meeting told Automotive News they did not expect new stock allocations until the end of May due to production cuts, although Ford spokesman Said Deep said the company continues “building for both retail and stock.”
That means new-car showrooms that have been nearly empty for months will remain so during what is typically a healthy spring selling season for the industry.
The issue has exacerbated Ford's inventory woes that have left most dealership lots bare. Ford said it received 90,000 new-vehicle orders in January and another 72,000 orders in February, suggesting the company remains hampered by a backlog of orders amid production cuts. In February, some 33 percent of the company's U.S. retail sales fulfilled previous customer orders.