Production of the Fiesta in Cologne has been suspended again due to a shortage of chips.
Ford Motor will extend the production shutdown at its Cologne, Germany plant until the end of October due to a global microchip shortage. The company will not be able to resume production of the small hatchback as planned, a Ford Europe spokesman told Automobilwoche. According to a company spokesman, the plant will be idle until October 31.
“Due to the still tense situation in the global semiconductor market, there are still some supply problems,” said a company spokesman.
Production of the Fiesta in Cologne has practically stopped since July.
A Ford spokesman said it was not yet clear if production could resume in November. According to a company spokesman, the availability of semiconductors in the global market will remain “very unstable” for the foreseeable future.
The Fiesta is the only model assembled in Cologne. Sales of the hatchback in Europe fell 25% to 72,276 by August, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics. The Fiesta is Ford’s second bestseller in Europe after the small crossover Puma built in Romania.
Ford has said it will only sell all-electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030. The automaker will invest $ 1 billion in a plant in Cologne to produce electric vehicles based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform starting in 2023.