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The Wall Street Journal: Ford to cut production at 5 plants as demand slips

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will temporarily idle production lines at five North American plants, including three in the U.S., the latest in a series of moves by U.S. auto makers to cope with slowing vehicle sales and rising industry capacity.

Ford F, +0.77% is scheduling one to three weeks of downtime at the factories to whittle down unsold-car inventory on dealer lots. Collectively, these five factories employ tens of thousands of workers, who will be put on temporarily layoff during the down weeks.

The move will affect plants that mostly build Ford passenger cars, including the subcompact Fiesta and bread-and-butter Fusion sedan, whose sales have been hit hard by the shift in consumer demand to larger crossovers and SUVs.

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