Ongoing supply chain issues continue to plague automotive production around the globe, and The Blue Oval has its fair share of affected models as well. FoMoCo has racked up 300,000 retail orders and has subsequently closed order banks for the 2022 Ford Escape PHEV, 2022 Ford Super Duty pickup, the 2022 Ford F-150 back in May, the red-hot 2022 Ford Maverick (with many 2022 orders being pushed to 2023), and the 2022 Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta earlier this week. Now, the chip shortage is also halting Ford Mustang orders in Australia as well, according to Car Expert.
“The global semiconductor chip shortage and supply chain challenges for various commodities continues to impact vehicle production for all automakers,” the Ford Australia website reads. “The challenges facing the industry are fluid and we are doing our best to fulfill current customer orders on Mustang as quickly as we can. As such we are pausing any new orders for Mustang until we can get through the existing customer order bank. We understand this is frustrating and we will re-open for orders as soon as possible.”
The 2022 Ford Mustang just went on sale in Australia in Q2 of this year, though Ford has only sold 760 units in that country through the end of June, a decrease of 57.6 percent over last year. Regardless, the pony car remains Australia’s best-selling sports car by a long-shot, beating out the BMW 4-Series and Subaru BRZ by a few hundred units each. Just a month ago, Ford’s Aussie site noted that Mustang orders placed at that time were facing a 2023 delivery, so it’s unclear how long it will take the automaker to catch up with its existing orders.
In the meantime, 2023 Ford Mustang order banks are set to open in the U.S. this September, as Ford Authority reported last month, with production beginning at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in November. The all-new, S650-generation Mustang is expected to debut next April ahead of its launch later in 2023 for the 2024 model year.