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Ford Temporarily Halts Mustang Production

Posted in auto industry, Detroit, Ford, Mustang, News by Kurt Ernst | April 4th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

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Ford has announced a temporary production halt at their Flint Rock production facility, beginning today and running for approximately one week. The suspension has nothing to do with a shortage of parts from Japan (although that is impacting other Ford plants, such as their Louisville, KY truck plant), but rather excess supply of Mustangs. The automaker currently has a 116 inventory of Mustangs, which is roughly double the inventory Ford considers to be ideal. Chances are good that Ford will take steps to promote Mustang sales, so I’d expect to see cash rebates and low interest financing on Mustang V6 and GT models in the very near future.

The Boss 302 Mustang, on the other hand, is not suffering from excess inventory. Ford was clear that the track-centric ‘Stang would be limited in production, especially if you wanted the even more limited edition Laguna Seca Boss 302. A quick search of eBay Motors shows new Boss Mustangs listed “buy it now” prices ranging from $47,000 all the way up to $108,500 for a Laguna Seca version at a Houston, TX dealership. Good luck with that.

Source: Left Lane News

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6 Responses

  1. 68SportFury says:

    This lifelong Mopar guy was seriously considering a V6 stick Mustang (Grabber Blue, please)…right up until I got an insurance quote on one and it was more expensive than a 2010 Challenger R/T. 300 hp, 29 mpg (the much-ballyhooed 31 mpg is with the automatic, which costs an extra grand) and about $24k on the sticker was a real head-turner.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      If I had the disposable income to consider buying a car (not even close these days), I’d take a serious look at the Mustang GT and the 5.7 liter Hemi Challenger. The ‘Stang would be better on the track (for the handful of track days I’d drive per year), while the Challenger would be a better daily driver. Insurance cost would likely play a big role in a purchase decision.

  2. 68SportFury says:

    This lifelong Mopar guy was seriously considering a V6 stick Mustang (Grabber Blue, please)…right up until I got an insurance quote on one and it was more expensive than a 2010 Challenger R/T. 300 hp, 29 mpg (the much-ballyhooed 31 mpg is with the automatic, which costs an extra grand) and about $24k on the sticker was a real head-turner.

  3. 68SportFury says:

    Sorry for the double-post.

  4. Greg says:

    I am assuming that should read a 116 day inventory?