FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 file photo, A row of 2020 Ford Escape sports-utility vehicles sits at a Ford dealership in Denver. A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns. Ford had scheduled down time next week at its Louisville, Kentucky, assembly plant, but moved it ahead to this week. The plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair small SUVs.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A Ford Escape sports utility vehicle at a dealership in Denver. The car maker is bringing forward a planned maintenance shutdown of the Kentucky plant that makes the vehicle as it faces a shortage of Show more

Semiconductor shortage forces car makers to slow production

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