Recent reports show a huge number of new Ford Super Duty trucks parked in Sparta, Kentucky near the Louisville Truck Factory where they are produced. The number of trucks is estimated to be in the thousands as they take up the majority of the Kentucky Speedway and nearby parking areas. This batch of trucks is reportedly being held back by the semiconductor/chip shortage.
Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville builds the Ford F-250 through F-550 trucks, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The images we have from Kentucky show mainly the various configurations of the Super Trucks in this holding facility. It’s difficult to say, but Expedition or Navigator SUVs are not visible in the images.
You may remember that there is a similar stockpile of Ford F-150 trucks near the Detroit Airport in Romulus, Michigan. Below pictures were taken at several parking areas in Michigan on March 29, 2021.
We reached out to Ford for comment, and this is the most recent reply.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to present challenges to a number of industries – including automakers worldwide. Our teams continue prioritizing key vehicle lines for production, making the most of our available semiconductor allocation, and will continue finding unique solutions around the world so we can provide as many high-demand vehicles as possible to our customers and dealers. Ford will build and hold these vehicles for a number of weeks, then ship the vehicles to dealers once the modules are available and comprehensive quality checks are complete.“
Of course Ford is not the only manufacturer that is affected by the global chip shortage. Nearly every manufacturer is slowing down production, removing features from vehicles, or putting vehicles into a holding pattern like this.
Hopefully, this shortage will not affect the introduction of the updated 2022 Ford Super Duty.