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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ford F-Series Super Duty's Delayed Launch Blamed On Parts Issue

#Ford has revealed that deliveries of the automaker's latest F-Series Super Duty were delayed because of a parts issue.

While speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Rodney Janes, the United Auto Workers union chairman at Ford's truck factory in Kentucky didn't detail the issue but said it will be “impossible to build all the lost units” Ford missed out on last quarter.

“There’s always a possibility of parts issues. When launching a new truck, you don’t come out of the gate going 1,000 miles per hour. If there is a problem, you stop right there,” he said.

Janes went on to reveal that the parts issue meant work weeks of employees were shortened and weekends of planned overtime were cancelled. The union leader says that workers may be now required to work “excessive overtime” for the next year in order to keep up with demand for the new model.

As with the updated F-150 that came before it, the latest Ford F-Series Super Duty brings with it a lightweight aluminum body, saving 350 pounds (159 kg) alone. Additionally, it is based around a new boxed frame constructed almost entirely from high-strength steel.
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