Ford will delay until next summer the launch of one of its most eagerly awaited new products, the Bronco SUV, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the automaker announced.
Like other automotive manufacturers, Ford has faced serious challenges keeping its factories running smoothly during the pandemic, and said the delay in the launch of the Bronco is the result of “Covid-19-related challenges our suppliers are experiencing.”
Separately, the second-largest of the Detroit automakers informed contract workers on Friday that they would have their commitments terminated by the end of the year. Ford has relied on contractors to flesh out its staff, particularly in its engineering departments. The company would not disclose how many of the workers will be impacted.
The 2021 model-year is a big one for Ford, with the automaker launching four major product lines including the all-new Mustang Mach-E battery-electric vehicle, a complete makeover of the F-150 pickup truck,