Some Mustang fans won’t want to hear this, but the Mustang Mach-E is a tremendous success for Ford Motor Company. Thus, as Ford CEO Jim Farley Tweeted last week, the company is expanding production output to 200k units per year by 2023. That’s a big number, but it seems realistic as the all-electric Mustang crossover has more orders than it can produce in 2021.
According to an Automotive News article, to make room for the expanded production output, Ford is shifting some plans for other EVs, which were to be built at the same plant.
The Mustang Mach-E is built at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant (CAP) in Mexico. That facility has been producing Mach-Es as fast dealers can sell them, and according to Ford Authority, the average Mach-E spends less than 12 days on dealer lots.
But ramping up this production means other EV products lose out. In its article, Automotive News cited a memo sent to suppliers last week, which stated two new electric SUVs code-named CDX746 and CDX747, were going to be moved to another as-yet-unnamed location and would go into production in December 2024. Automotive News matter-of-factly states these code names were for the the electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, but Ford never confirmed those vehicles were to be built at that plant. And, in fact, earlier reports from other outlets used these same code names referring to SUVs closer in size to the the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.
The 200k per year goal is quite ambitious for a company still trying to overcome supply chain issues, increased demand and fallout from the pandemic. If Ford can pull it off, it will be a big deal. Frankly, it’s wise for Ford not to overwhelm the Cuautitlan facility with additional production on new vehicles, and it makes sense to hammer out the production process for the Mustang Mach-E, which by all accounts seems to be a success for FoMoCo — to the chagrin of some Mustang enthusiasts.
To those folks, I say, get over it. A lot of Ford’s success (stock has more than doubled in value) is due to bold moves and a big push toward electrification. That started with the bold, if controversial, decision to slap the Mustang name on an electric crossover.
Editor’s note: Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo contributed to this report.