Ford Motor Company is shutting down production of its Mustang sports car for one week after demand for the vehicle dropped by 32 percent last month and was, for the first time in nearly two years, beaten in monthly sales by the Chevrolet Camaro, reports Bloomberg.
The automaker’s factory in Flat Rock, Michigan will resume production of the Mustang on October 17th—until then, the 3,702 workers employed at the plant will be locked out of the factory, though they will continue to be paid as per the automaker and union’s labour agreement.
The sales dip is explained in part by Chevrolet’s recently redesigned Camaro overtaking the Mustang in monthly sales for the first time in two years; both Ford and GM have increased incentives on their respective sports cars in an effort to spur sales.
Ford began selling the Mustang globally in 2015 after it received a major redesign in 2014 and saw massive interests from markets abroad where the Mustang had never before been available.
The company’s factory in Flat Rock builds all Mustangs sold globally, and so to accommodate for foreign markets such as Hong Kong and the U.K., a percentage of Mustangs leave the Flat Rock assembly plant equipped as right-hand-drive vehicles.
Canadian car sales are down roughly eight percent since the beginning of 2016, so the Mustang isn’t the only vehicle feeling a sales pinch. Despite the declining international sales figures, the Mustang still made the short list of Canada’s top-30 best-selling cars.