2019 Shelby GT350
I was chatting with my salesman friend at my Ford dealership and asking him about the status of my daughter's Bronco that she ordered last January on the day the order bank opened. Still no production date or VIN. Of course the chip issue came up and the overall issues of slow production, summer breaks, and the adverse effects of parts vendors who have been caught with their pants down and are unable to provide parts to Ford in a timely manner. He was a bit frustrated with Ford's obvious moves into the EV field which has most likely taken up a lot of time and money, and their resulting inability to produce the cars/trucks that they already build. I think he has a point. They've overextended themselves. Ford is currently surprisingly overwhelmed with the huge number of customer orders for the new Bronco's and many customers are not going to see their Bronco's produced this year. Then Ford comes out with the new EV Mustang (?) SUV and the expected delays and issues that always accompany a new model. Add to this the new introduction of the Mustang Mach1 which is also new, albeit, borrowing mostly parts from the Mustang GT and GT350. Then the computer chip unavailability comes to fruition and you have a perfect storm! As a result of all these decisions, Ford dealership lots are virtually empty. Even the recent news of Ford receiving some chips for their land locked F-150's, when you crunch the numbers, nationwide, it will not make any appreciable improvement. It does seem like Ford has taken on more than they can chew resulting in their inability to provide customers with their bread-winning F-150 trucks and all the other vehicles they are trying to produce! What do you all think?