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Surplus Mustang Inventory Shutters Ford's Flat Rock Plant


2011 Ford Mustang V-6. Photo: Anne Proffitt.

2011 Ford Mustang V-6. Photo: Anne Proffitt.

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If you're in the market for a new Ford Mustang V-6 or GT, we've got some good news for you: Ford is likely to give you additional cash rebates or low-interest financing in the very near future because Mustang sales are slow.

The automaker has nearly double the amount of V-6 and V-8 Mustangs in inventory that it considers ideal, so dealers will probably to get additional manufacturer incentives to sell down the 116-day supply of pony cars. That translates to bad news for production line workers at Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan, plant, where the Mustang is built. The facility will be shuttered this week in order to deplete overstocked inventory, and there's no word on Ford's "days in inventory" goal before the plant is reopened. A 60-day inventory is considered the usual target, industry-wide.

Sadly, the inventory overstock doesn't extend to the limited production Boss 302 Mustang, which MotorAuthority drove earlier this year. Dealers are "adjusting the price for market conditions" on the track-ready Mustang, and Laguna Seca limited edition Boss 302 Mustangs have been listed for as much as $108,499 at dealerships. That's over double the sticker price, which is completely absurd even for a limited-production car; dealers interested in actually selling Boss 302 Mustangs have them priced at a more reasonable $5,000 over sticker. If you want one, that seems to be the price of admission.

[Detroit News]

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  1. That's such a nice car, even with the V-6 :-) I just checked and they're already selling 2012???
     
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  2. This explains the barrage of Mustang commercials on TV. Better to move them with advertising than with rebates.
     
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  3. Are they going to put EcoBoost 4cyl to replace V6 engines in the future?
     
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  4. a friend of mine had to wait 4 months for the delivery of his v6 Mustang ... it doesn't make sense
     
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  5. Ruggles, I noticed that, too. Ford is really hyping the V6 it seems.
    Gumby, I'm not sure. There was allegedly a V6 EcoBoost 'Stang in the works, but that made no sense to me. The EcoBoost V6 is heavier than the Coyote V8, and gets the same fuel economy.
    io, was his V6 Mustang a special order? Those can take time to build and deliver. How long ago did your friend buy the car?
     
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  6. I LOVE Mustangs and have owned 2.
    THIS IS A STYLING PROBLEM -- the rear of the car looks like a 70's Toyota Celica -- "a girl car".
    The rest is OK, but the previous one was better looking -- the new interior is nice.
    Ford says the 50th Anniversary model, in 3 years, is a stunner, but the Stang needs a fast refresh
     
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  7. Gas is nearing 4.00 a ggallon .Thast may be 1 reason for the overstock.
     
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  8. @ Kurt he placed the order in September; received the car in January (BC, Canada)
    the car was a convertible with no special options
    @Ron the V6 Mustang quite good on gas for the amount of power it delivers
     
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  9. I can't agree it's a styling problem. The car looks excellent and has received rave reviews. I particularly like the sequential indicators. Like any production schedule it's a bit like stopping an oil tanker, when demand moves. I agree that it is better to promote the car with advertising than apply rebates - maybe they can offer a special "his and hers" deal? The Mustang is one of America's better looking cars and is distinctly American in nature - and not a re-constituted Japanese or Euro product.
     
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  10. I can't agree it's a styling problem. The car looks excellent and has received rave reviews. I particularly like the sequential indicators. Like any production schedule it's a bit like stopping an oil tanker, when demand moves. I agree that it is better to promote the car with advertising than apply rebates - maybe they can offer a special "his and hers" deal? The Mustang is one of America's better looking cars and is distinctly American in nature - and not a re-constituted Japanese or Euro product.
     
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  11. io, the special order is why it took so long. Convertibles typically come loaded with options.
     
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  12. "The automaker has nearly double the amount of V-6 and V-8 Mustangs in inventory than it considers ideal..."
    Dude -- learn some simple grammar --
    It should be nearly double the amount....that it considers ideal.
     
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  13. If they have to be dragged,complaining all the way, the crmakers are finally having to pay more than lip service to better gas mileage. Currently, hybrids seem to be the only answer.
     
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  14. Archie1954, I just wish we had alternatives other than hybrids. Despite what the domestic manufacturers claim, Americans would buy clean diesels if companies offered them.
     
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