AD #3643 – Ford Expands Mustang Mach-E Lineup; Tesla’s Mexico Production Could Be Delayed; Bentley’s $31,000 Sound System

September 7th, 2023 at 11:52am

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Runtime: 8:54

0:00 UAW & Detroit 3 Make New Contract Offers
1:14 Stellantis Partners with Aramco To Test eFuels
1:51 Toyota Develops Renewable Power Generation System
2:31 Volvo Invests in Startup to Become More Vertically Integrated
3:21 Toyota Launches SUV Version of Its Century Model
4:13 Tesla’s Mexico Production Could Be Delayed
4:50 Tesla Builds Two Millionth Vehicle in Shanghai
5:15 Bentley’s $31,000 Sound System
5:54 Honda Adopts Tesla’s Charging Plug
6:18 Ford Reveals Rally Version of Mustang Mach-E

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15 Comments to “AD #3643 – Ford Expands Mustang Mach-E Lineup; Tesla’s Mexico Production Could Be Delayed; Bentley’s $31,000 Sound System”

  1. Jim Haines Says:

    Maybe the UAW should strike all the car companies and hold out until they get everything they asked for them they can picket in front of empty rotting buildings

  2. Lambo2015 Says:

    Going to go out on a limb and make a prediction. The UAW will strike on Friday, but over that weekend they will agree to continue to work under the current contract for 30 more days. This will send the message they are serious and provide more time to negotiate to a more reasonable contract without decimating the Midwest’s economy.

    As someone that has raced a SCCA solo event with a Cadillac CTSV I will say, that although the Mach-E may have lots of HP. With that amount of weight it has to perform horrible on a rally track. Nibble and quick is the game and would bet the Mach-e is quick but get over a small jump or tight turns and that car is going to plow into the turns.

  3. Wim van Acker Says:

    @Mach-E Rally version, @2: it has 480 HP so the same as the Mach-E GT. Good way to diversify the line-up without much additional cost, just the less than an inch lift and the two black stripes on the hood.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I doubt if the Mach-E Rally will do very well with high speed jumps as are part of rally driving.

  5. GM Veteran Says:

    @4 – I predict the vast majority of the Rallye models they sell will be negotiating parking bumpers, potholes and railroad crossings. Anyone seriously wanting to rallye one of these would want more modifications and different equipment added.

  6. GM Veteran Says:

    The Mach-E GT starts at $60,000. Might be cheaper to buy one and modify it for rallye duty.

  7. Wim van Acker Says:

    @5 negotiating parking bumpers and potholes is only for the very few daredevils under the Mach-E Rally buyers, would be my prediction.

  8. Wim van Acker Says:

    @Chinese auto production.

    They are becoming a major threat to especially European automakers because they are rapidly increasing exports of both EVs and ICE-powered vehicles.

    China is becoming a major threat to European automakers for more than just EVs!

    The New York Times featured an interesting article on quickly growing exports of Chinese-made ICE cars to Europe, Russia and Latin America. The aim is to keep production plants of ICE-powered cars going in China now that demand for EVs is growing so quickly in China at the expense of ICEs.

  9. Druff Says:

    I would like to see something in the new UAW contracts to address the horrible build quality of the autos lately. We didn’t even make it 2hrs back home last year with our new Aviator and there was a clunking in the front from a loose bolt in the suspension. Our 22 F150 has been fixed for seat stitching coming undone, loose speaker in the door that would rattle around corners. These are not design problems, these are assembly issues.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Not good. Problems like those are both assembly workers, and the “system” within the plant/ company. The seat stitching was probably a supplier, not Ford.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Does Ford have more than their share of problems, or have you been unlucky?

  12. Druff Says:

    11- been buying mostly Ford’s for years, last ones have been more glitchy than usual. Problems aren’t serious at least. The Genesis G90 we had before the Aviator was absolutely flawless though.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 My last four new cars have been a Corvette, a Highlander, a Cayman, and a Mini. I’ve had no trouble with any of them. Maybe I’m lucky.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Yeah, good that it hasn’t been blown engines, but still… Any problem is an annoyance and inconvenience. My 2018 Camry had two rattles that I found and fixed myself. I figured a dealer might break something else, and still not fix the rattles.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Not saying the workers shouldn’t be held to a quality standard however Ford (the company) should have quality gates in place to ensure those types of defects don’t go out the door. As already mentioned, the seat stitching was most likely a supplier. Ford still has final assembly quality buy-off and should catch defects, which again comes back to their inability to detect and prevent defects from leaving the assembly plant. The loose speaker is a minor annoyance while the loose suspension bolt is a concern for sure.

    No doubt Ford has had their quality problems in the past as those alone killed the Thunderbird. But just read an article that in recent months they have had a spike in quality problems and recalls. The vehicles affected have been; 2020-2022 Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair, 2022 Ford Maverick, 2021 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford Mustang, Ford Bronco, and Ford Mustang Mach-E that include Engine failures, fires, Transmissions shaking and jerking, dash connections, engine block heater failures, oil leaks and transmission roll pins.