Automakers work hard to stop leaks and make sure their products are kept under wraps until the time is right. They’re not always successful, however, and sometimes the leaks come from outside the company. This time, it’s the UAW’s documents giving out more info than Ford probably wants, as it recently confirmed that Mustang production will end in 2028.
Rumors have floated that production of the current S650 Mustang would end at that time, but the UAW’s labor agreement with Ford all but confirms it. As Muscle Cars & Trucks pointed out, that could mark the end of the V8 engine in the muscle car segment, though Ford has previously said it’d hang on to the setup for as long as possible.
The Mustang is the last holdout in a segment that once saw several popular models. Chevy is discontinuing the Camaro very soon, and Dodge cut the Charger and Challenger after 2023, though at least one could return with the automaker’s new inline-six engine.
As for the Mustang’s future, the car is expected to run on a new EV-first platform shared with the Mustang Mach-E and a new Mach-E coupe variant. It’s unlikely that a gas engine would continue in the car unless the architecture can support both powertrain configurations.
UPDATE: Ford has reached out to claim the report we sourced from Muscle Cars and Trucks is factually incorrect. Here’s the automaker’s statement: “The Muscle Cars & Trucks report about Mustang is not accurate. Beyond this, we don’t comment on speculation about future products.” I did try to get clarification on how the report was incorrect, but Ford’s spokesperson reminded me of the latter part of that statement. So the company says the sourced report is incorrect, but is unable and/or unwilling to give us more — it’s standard operating procedure across the industry, as long-time readers well know, not to comment on future product.
It’s hard to say what this means, though I think it’s probably fair to assume the current Mustang will be produced longer than MC&T reported. We’ll keep an eye on this story — TH
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