Ford Freezes New Maverick Orders to Avoid Delays
As far as problems go, this is a pretty good one for Ford. The company is getting more orders for its new Maverick pickup truck than it expected.
Ford will temporarily stop accepting orders on its all-new 2022 Maverick compact pickup truck — both hybrid and gasoline versions — until summer. The company told the Detroit Free Press that the pause is meant to avoid aggravating customers with delivery delays.
"The plant builds Bronco Sport and Maverick and it's running full steam," Ford’s Said Deep told the newspaper. "We're trying to manage customer expectations on timing."
The compact truck will be smaller than the company’s F-150 full-size pickup as well as its midsize Ranger. Its price tag ranges from just under $20,000 to as much as $43,000 for the fully-loaded version.
Ford said online orders for the new wheels cracked 100,000 in August, with heavy demand coming from California, Texas and Florida. Los Angeles and San Francisco were among the cities seeing the highest numbers of orders, according to Ford.
The move comes just months after Ford said it would pause orders for its new F-150 Lightning electric trucks. The company said it stopped taking orders after hitting the 200,000 mark.
Yet Ford, like other major auto manufacturers, is still struggling to put vehicles on the road that are actually safe to drive.
Late last year, the company said it was recalling some 185,000 F-150 pickups. The trucks were equipped with malfunctioning insulators that could damage driveshafts, and cause drivers to lose control or driving power, Ford said at the time.
Meanwhile, federal regulators recently said some 300,000 Ford pickup trucks that were recalled over faulty tailgates may not have actually been fixed.
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