Many enthusiasts were understandably upset when Ford decided to use its iconic Mustang nameplate on the all-electric Mach-E crossover. Regardless, it’s clear that Mustang is an instantly recognizable brand name and one that certainly hasn’t hurt Mach-E sales. Now, perhaps unsurprisingly, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E production has also surpassed that of ICE-powered Ford Mustang models as well, according to Bloomberg.
The latest Ford data shows that Mach-E production at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant sits at 27,816 units year-to-date, compared to 26,089 ICE-powered Mustangs built at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
While both of these models are on sale around the globe, it’s also worth noting that the Ford Mustang Mach-E is already the best-selling car in Norway as well, as Ford Authority recently reported. In addition, Ford CEO Jim Farley admitted at the Ford F-150 Lightning reveal that the automaker is having trouble keeping up with Mach-E demand, even though production numbers don’t always translate to sales.
“Mach-E has been much stronger than we expected, so we’ve totally run out of stock,” Farley said “Mach-E is going global as we speak, but in the U.S., the wait for a Mach-E is months.”
However, this milestone doesn’t come without an asterisk of sorts. Ford has admittedly prioritized its newest and most profitable products as it continues to battle the semiconductor chip shortage. Thus, the Flat Rock plant has been shut down quite a bit in recent months, and not a single ICE Mustang was built in May.
“We have purposely protected our launches – Bronco, Bronco Sport, Mach-E, F-150,” Farley said. “If we can switch a module over to one of those launch vehicles, we have. We’re very protective of the launches because they are so important for our business.”
Despite this, Ford Mustang sales remain strong. Though sales of the ICE model were down four percent in Q1, the Mustang still outsold its rivals – the Dodge Challenger by 2,178 units and the Chevy Camaro by 10,185 units – as it maintained a segment share of 44 percent.