News has been going around that the 2017 Ford F-150's arrival has been delayed due to some problems in the production aspect. However, there were apparently no details that particularly told interested parties about what is really going on. Now, the cause of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor delay has been revealed by Ford.
Ford Says Transmission Needed More Tests
According to a report from Reuters, Ford is delaying the delivery of the 2017 F-150 raptors in order to run more tests on the 10-speed transmission that will be fitted in the new pickup truck. "We are launching the new Raptor and F-150 with the new 10-speed transmission. We continued building but we're holding (trucks) longer so we could do more testing and make sure everything is right before we release them," said Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford's automotive operations in America.
The Effects Of The Delay
It was stated in a report that Ford still holds the leading spot in the light duty pickup segment. At the end of the previous month, the automaker reported a total of 733,287 units sold in the U.S. market for the F-series. How the current delay will affect the sales of the automaker in the final month of the year however is not yet clear. Given how there are already a lot of orders placed for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, it is safe to assume that the automaker will be able to make a quick recovery after the trucks have already made its way to the dealerships and delivered to people that have made reservations.
Not The First Time
Apparently, this is not the first time Ford had been delayed in delivering its F-Series vehicles. It was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the automaker was also delayed in delivering the heavy-duty F-series truck last summer because of difficulties in parts. Apparently, the same thing also happened the previous year with its F-150.