2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E “Quality Issue" Prompts Stop-Sale Order

One of the most anticipated EVs for the 2021 model year, the Mach-E has been hit by a stop-sale order over a quality issue. This, in turn, will translate to delays as long as 60 days according to Ford Authority.
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What’s wrong, you may be wondering? Only the Ford Motor Company knows that, and unfortunately for expecting customers, the Dearborn-based automaker isn’t willing to detail the issue that prompted the stop-sale order.

“As part of our commitment to delivering high-quality vehicles, we are conducting additional quality checks on several hundred Mustang Mach-E models built before dealer shipments started last month,” said a spokesperson. “As part of our quality process, we want to ensure they meet the quality our customers expect and deserve.

If you ask me, a quality-improving delay is the right course of action if Ford intends to eat into Tesla’s piece of the EV pie.

The Mustang Mach-E isn’t the only all-new model with quality-related problems at launch, though. The Blue Oval had trouble with the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, and early builds of the F-150 for the 2021 model year have been sidelined for repairs at the Dearborn and Kansas City plants.

Just like the Bronco Sport, the Mustang Mach-E is assembled in Mexico. It's also worth highlighting that it's the second-most expensive sport utility vehicle in the lineup at the present moment. Pricing starts at $42,895 excluding destination charge, but potential savings that include the $7,500 federal tax credit will bring the MSRP down to very competitive levels.

The Mustang Mach-E has also received quite a bit of praise over its most obvious rival, the Model Y. For its part, Tesla has indirectly confirmed the challenge posed by the Ford Motor Company by launching a more affordable version of the electric crossover. The smallest battery available and rear-wheel drive have brought the price down to $41,990 as opposed to $49,990 for the Model Y in the dual-motor Long Range specification.

Moving forward, the Blue Oval will square up against the MYP with the GT Performance Edition. In this configuration, the Mustang Mach-E is targeting up to 235 miles (378 kilometers) of EPA-rated driving range and a 60-mph time of 3.5 seconds thanks to 634 pound-feet (860 Nm) of torque.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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