The Associated Press is reporting today that Navistar/International, the makers of the 6.4Liter Twin Turbo Diesel Engine that Ford is currently using in their Consumer and Commercial trucks, has idled its engine plant in Indianapolis because of an ongoing dispute with the Ford Motor Company.
Navistar said in a statement that it pays suppliers and employees under contract terms and "expects Ford to honor the terms of its agreement." Spokesman Roy Wiley declined to elaborate.
Ford spokeswoman Becky Sanch said the automaker would be able to continue making the F-Series trucks for the "near term." We've been working closely with Navistar ... for many months to resolve the commercial issues we've been having," she said. "We've always honored the agreements we've had and we'll continue to do that."
The Indianapolis factory that was idled made about 400 engines a day. Wiley said he did not know how long the shutdown would last.
So what does this mean to us? Only time will tell.
What do you guys think of this news and Ford's dwindling relationship with Navistar/International?