Faced with declining sales of the 2009 Mustang and Mazda 6, Ford has announced their intention to lay off 900 workers from their Flat Rock, MI assembly plant. Displaced workers will be given the option of relocating to another facility, such as Ford’s Chicago plant, which is ramping up to build the new Explorer.
Sales of the Mustang dropped 27 percent in 2009, as pony car buyers flocked to the new Chevrolet Camaro. Demand for Mazda’s 6 sedan has been declining, and dropped 34 percent in 2009 despite a complete model redesign.
Ford anticipates increased demand for the 2010 Mustang, which now features horsepower comparable to the Chevrolet Camaro. Increased Flat Rock plant efficiencies will allow Ford to meet this demand even with a reduced workforce.
Source: Left Lane News