The factory in Wayne will be shut the weeks of Oct. 28 and Dec. 16, Kristina Adamski, a company spokeswoman, said in an email. (Max Ortiz / Detroit News)
Ford Motor Co. says it will idle its flexible Michigan Assembly Plant for two weeks later this year because of excess inventory levels on two small cars.
The Dearborn automaker has scheduled down time for the weeks of Oct. 28 and Dec. 16 at the Wayne, Mich. plant, which produces five vehicles.
Two of those vehicles — a gas-powered Focus compact car and a hybrid C-Max compact crossover — have inventory levels that exceed the industry average of about 60 days.
In the case of the C-Max, inventory levels are more than double the 60-day average.
The inventory levels, however, aren’t a big cause for concern because small cars and hybrids don’t sell at high rates during winter months.
“Spring is the biggest time for small cars,” said Michelle Krebs, analyst at Edmunds.com, in a telephone interview.
The 5,000-or-so Michigan Assembly Plant workers will get most of their pay during the layoff.
Ford has produced more than 35,000 C-Max Hybrids and has sold about 23,000, according to automaker data.
Ford had a three-month run from March through May when it sold more than 3,000 C-Max vehicles a month.
Sales plummeted to 1,424 in September, the lowest single-month total since Ford sold 969 during a partial sales month in September 2012.
This September was also the first full month of sales since Ford agreed to lower the Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates on the C-Max to 43 from 47 after some customers complained the cars sucked fuel more than advertised.