We are all getting very tired of the chip shortage. The insane used car prices, production delays, and lack of new inventory have really sent the automotive industry into a tailspin. However, there is a little glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for Ford. Thousands of incompletely 2021 Ford F-150s are finally getting finished after Ford secured a pile of much-needed semiconductor chips.
Can you buy a 2021 F-150?
For the time being, the 2021 Ford F-150 will be back in stock. The Drive reports that after securing a supply of chips, Ford will start delivering thousands of 2021 Ford F-150s. The chip shortage has been felt across the automotive industry and video games and other electronics.
Unfortunately, due to the popularity and utility of pickup trucks, this segment has been hit the hardest by the lack of chips. As we reported a few months back, Ford had so many unfinished trucks that you could see the stockpile from outer space. Hopefully, this batch of chips can shirk that pile a little.
How many 2021 Ford F-150s will be shipped?
We have not confirmed exactly how many F-150s are getting sent out but can assume that Ford will prioritize the F-150, although many other models are also awaiting the same parts.
It makes sense to prioritize the 2021 Ford F-150. First of all, it is the most popular vehicle in American and has been for decades. Secondly, this newest F-150 is easily the most practical and usable truck that’s ever been made. Ford is chomping at the bit to get these out into the world.
The 2021 Ford F-150 is the best pickup truck ever made
Since we haven’t driven it yet, we can’t speak to its quality or toughness. However, the specs and options available for the 2021 Ford F-150 are unlike any pickup truck we have ever seen. It has a monstrously powerful hybrid engine package, bed and towing scales, and a built-in electric power generator that can literally power your entire house. This thing is ready to take over the world, yet it is seeing the worst sales numbers of its kind in a long time.
Due to the chip shortage, Ford plants have shut all over the country. These plants have been building cars, trucks, and SUVs for months without finishing them due to the lack of chips. This has led to catastrophic sales numbers across the board.
However, the 2021 Ford F-150 is the real shocker given that it regularly sees the highest sales numbers of any vehicle, period. According to The Drive, in June 2020, Ford sold 65,188 units in the half-ton and up categories—this year, that number dropped 26.9 percent to 45,673.
“We’re working to get chips into F-Series pickups and get them out to dealers. That’s our first priority,” explained Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst at Ford, to Freep. “We’ll see our inventories improve. It’ll take time, but stock will gradually start to improve the second half of the year.”
Will the F-150 make a comeback?
Without a doubt. Total F-Series sales numbers for the first six months of 2021 clock in at 362,032. This number represents only a 1.5 percent drop from sales this time last year. The demand is high, and Ford is looking good if they can just get their cars out to buyers. Between the F-150 and Bronco, the blue oval will be fine; they just have to weather this storm a little longer.