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According to new reports there are 6,000-7,000 near Detroit Metro Airport waiting to be shipped to dealers.


There isn’t a new vehicle on the planet hotter than the 2021 Ford F-150 right now, and a few units have already reached dealerships and private driveways. However, there are currently thousands more 2021 Ford F-150 pickups sitting at the Detroit Metro Airport. This may seem a bit unusual on the surface, but apparently, those pickups are undergoing final quality checks before they head out to their new owners.

“Trucks are on their way to dealers now and in customer hands,” Ford spokesman Said Deep told the Detroit Free Press. “We do have this other batch of F-150s that were built before those shipments began and they’re going through a final quality check before they’re released.”

What makes these particular F-150s unique is the fact that they’re early production models that were built while prototypes were being driven as test models. There are so many of these early build trucks parked at the airport, however, that they’re apparently impossible to miss when people drive by.

Deep explained that the quality reviews being performed on these particular pickups involve minor things like software updates and parts adjustments. At the same time, trucks in production now are heading directly to dealerships. “Ford is full-throttle building and shipping new F-150s while simultaneously giving (this) batch of trucks one more quality inspection,” he said.

While it isn’t unusual for automakers to temporarily store vehicles after they’re built, DFP reports that there are roughly 6,000 to 7,000 2021 F-150s at the airport – an unusually large number.

However, given the many myriad issues the automaker faced when bringing the 2020 Ford Explorer to market, it isn’t terribly surprising that Ford is taking extra steps to ensure its new F-150 is fully ready to go before it reaches customers.
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With this hold up I hope when these F150s are delivered that build quality isn't that much of an issue.
 

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With this hold up I hope when these F150s are delivered that build quality isn't that much of an issue.
Looks like it's not only happening in Detroit, the same thing is happening at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.


Ford needs to install seat belts and conduct software checks on early-production F-150 pickups parked in lots around the Kansas City Assembly Plant, as well as thousands in lots around metro Detroit, while some dealers await deliveries of America’s bestselling truck, Ford confirmed to the Free Press on Monday.

"As part of our commitment to delivering high-quality vehicles, we are conducting final quality inspections on trucks built before dealer shipments started last month to ensure they meet the quality expectations of our customers," said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager.
Ford factory employees at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly have been working to meet an insatiable demand for the 2021 F-150. That meant Ford had to build trucks while the prototypes were still being driven as test models.

Ford factory employees at the Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly have been working to meet an insatiable demand for the 2021 F-150. That meant Ford had to build trucks while the prototypes were still being driven as test models.

Trucks from the early build make up the stockpile of vehicles parked around Detroit Metro Airport and the Flat Rock Assembly Plant — as well as sites including Worlds of Fun amusement park just a few miles from the assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri, as they undergo final assessment.

"The vehicles at the location you referenced are among those early builds. The number of vehicles at those locations continues to dwindle as we perform the quality inspections and ship them to dealers," Felker said Monday.

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Sucks.
Its still better than dealing with unnecessary recalls and fixes after taking delivery.
GM is closing in on Ford too with pickup sales, so Ford better get it right...
 
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