Two muscle cars are coming to an end for the time being. Both Ford and GM halted the production of their most iconic vehicles for the time being. The Mustang and Camaro are on pause, thanks to supply issues. Unfortunately, just as things were starting to look up a bit in the microchip shortage world, the Ukraine conflict put their production back under stress.
What are Ford and GM missing to produce the vehicles?
According to MSN, Ford stopped production at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where solely Mustangs are produced. Additionally, GM shut down production of the Chevrolet Camaro and both the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans at their Lansing Grand River Assembly Facility. The Camaro shares the same platform as the Cadillac luxury sedans, so GM halted their production together.
MSN reports that Ford stated openly that the cease of production is due to the shortage of semiconductors and microchips. GM did not specify what parts they were missing to complete the production of these vehicles. However, it’s safe to assume that it is the same issue.
Additionally, MSN states that both facilities plan to go back into production on April 11th. So, while it may not be too long of a break in production, it can have substantial consequences. Autoblog reports that over 300 Ford Mustang models are made daily at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. So, this business week off will push production back over 1,500 Mustangstotal.
Of course, this isn’t ideal timing, as first-quarter sales show a substantial dip in the iconic Mustang’s sales. Additionally, though the Camaro was already struggling to sell, it too saw a considerable dip through Q1 of 2022.
Production will return next week, hopefully
Interestingly, Chrysler seems to be avoiding these issues altogether for the time being. Production of the Dodge Challenger, competitor to the Mustang and Camaro, continues merrily along. The Challenger outsold both the Ford and Chevrolet competitors last year. Though its Q1 sales fell short of the Mustang, it isn’t far behind. So, this halt in production at Ford’s Flat Rock facility is really opening the door for Dodge to close in on the sales that Ford will be missing out on.
These production delays are likely only to keep popping up, too. With Ukraine under attack, the world’s largest supplier of neon gas is completely halted. As such, the production of semiconductors is slowing down because neon is necessary for their construction. Despite what was starting to look like light at the end of the tunnel just a few short weeks ago, we’re in it for the long haul.
So, if you’re on the waiting list for a new Mustang or you’ve got one on order, you might want to consider the certified pre-owned route and pick up a used model that’s still under warranty.
At any rate, assuming production does resume next week, the damage to delivery time frames will hopefully be pretty moderate. At any rate, the continuation of the chip shortage is unfortunate. However, currently, there isn’t much of a solution. So, the world will just have to sit and wait.