If you haven't already got your Stang, get ready for another delay.
Unfortunately for Ford, Mustang production hasn't exactly been going smoothly. By now, we all know the reasons. Like the Chevrolet Corvette, big OEMs are struggling to meet surging demand right now. During the pandemic, automakers cut semiconductor production orders due to a lack of demand. Now, the demand is back, and the Ford Mustang is once again a casualty. According to Automotive News, Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant will be closing its doors. The info comes to us all via an employee memo sent out this week.
That plant in Flat Rock is where Ford Mustang production takes place, which started in January of this year. Just weeks after production at Flat Rock began, Ford was forced to idle production due, you guessed it, a lack of semiconductors. Since then, the plant has faced a small handful of delays lasting up to three weeks, the majority of which have been attributed to a lack of semiconductors.
According to Ford, other Mustang-based products are produced there as well. It's unclear yet what this means for both the Shelby GT500. Both of those vehicles are made in the same Flat Rock plant as the Mustang, and it's not hard to imagine those could see delays as a result of the production idle. Should the production for that have to be idled as well, we imagine we'll hear about it sooner than later. Remember, the shutdown starts next week.
Frankly, things won't be improving for some time. The US Dept. of Commerce indicated a while back that this shortage will continue for at least the next six months, things could drag on for longer than that. Some conservative estimates indicate the semiconductor shortage could be with us for several more years to come. For right now, we'll all simply have to sit tight and wait for those orders to get filled.