The semiconductor crisis has just claimed a new victim. Production of the Ford Mustang at the Flat Rock plant in Michigan, USA, has just been halted due to a lack of semiconductors, or chips. For the second time.
The news was released by the Reuters news agency, recalling, moreover, that this is not the first time that this has happened, not only to Ford as a car manufacturer, but also to the blue oval factory in Flat Rock.
The ‘pony car’ was already put on stand-by last January, also due to the lack of semiconductors. This time, the interruption will last, in principle, the whole next week, from May 2nd to 6th.
The Flat Rock, Michigan, US assembly line where the Ford Mustang is produced
Remember that, despite the age of the present generation, on sale for eight years, the Ford Mustang remains the best-selling sports car in the world, after, in 2021, it was close to 70,000 units sold. And that’s not counting the electric namesake, the Mustang Mach-E.
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However, and with the USA remaining the main market for the gasoline Mustang (76% of production was in the United States), rumors suggest that the current generation, the sixth, should have a successor in 2023. everything indicates, still and always with the well-known V8, although there should also be a smaller gasoline block, more suitable for markets such as Europe.
However, and with the new and more demanding Euro 7 on the way in the Old Continent, it remains to be seen how the future S650 will adapt to the next regulations. These could even make the next Mustang have a shorter lifespan of just five years.
So it remains to wait…