Nobody said it's easy to make a new pickup truck, especially if you have two or more monster production plants in need of significant upgrading and machinery replacement. That's what GM found out when it had to shut down each of its three plants in staggered succession in order to switch from the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 to the all-new 2014 models. And now it looks like it's Ford's turn.
According to Automotive News, Ford is planning to produce both the current-generation F-150 and the new 2015 Ford F-150 on the same line for about six months in order to more seamlessly transition each of the two plants (Kansas City, Mo., and Dearborn, Mich.) from the old production process to a new one. This will allow Ford to avoid halting production of the all-important half-ton truck for any length of time, yet still get the all-new F-150s to dealerships by the July 2014 target date.
The gradual changeover to new stamping technology and production processes is supposed to allow faster response times for needed fixes and lessen the chances of any huge production shortfalls — all of which would translate to huge profits losses. New production processes are expected for building the next-generation F-150 because it is rumored to use new, exotic weight-saving materials.