Ford Motor Co. expects North American production for the first six months of 2007 to be down 8 to 12 percent from the same period this year as it works to bring manufacturing in line with lower demand for its products.
The estimate by Chief Financial Officer Don Leclair, reported by Automotive News, was confirmed Monday by Ford spokesman Oscar Suris. Production in the second half of next year, Suris said, was expected to be up 5 to 10 percent compared with the second half of 2006.
Suris didn't have production numbers for the first and second half of this year to offer detail on the comparison.
A week ago, Ford posted a $5.8 billion loss due to sagging North American sales and huge costs associated with a massive restructuring plan. It was the largest quarterly loss in more than 14 years for the nation's second-biggest automaker.
Ford shares were down 7 cents at $8.22 in early trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, where they have traded in a 52-week range of $6.06 to $9.48.
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