Ford Motor Co.

Ford cutting production as US demand slows

Ford Motor Co. is cutting production as U.S. demand for new vehicles slows, but so far, its rivals aren't doing the same.

Ford said Tuesday it will temporarily idle four of its North American assembly plants this month to better align production with demand.

After six straight years of growth, U.S. sales of new vehicles are slowing. In the first nine months of this year, U.S. sales totaled 13.1 million new vehicles, up less than 1 percent from 2015.

"This is a roller coaster that's gone to the top," said Mike Harley, an analyst with Kelley Blue Book. "I wouldn't be surprised if other automakers follow suit."

But sales are still near last...