So when I go to a Ford or VW dealership with a large lot packed with rows of new cars, all those cars were ordered for specific customers, as dealers are not allowed to order for stock?
Our largest local Ford dealer is currently showing 374 vehicles in stock for immediate delivery. That's a whole lot of customers ordering Fords but then refusing to take delivery.
In addition to hot sellers, this also applies generally to any custom-ordered car. A dealer might have a hundred BMW 3 Series (a very popular, not hot car for example) on their lot but if none of them come in the exact configuration/color you want, you can always custom order it through the dealer. It's reserved for you once it arrives on the lot but you are under no obligation to buy. I bought my Mini Cooper this way and it took 5 months to show up. A lot can happen in that time to change your mind, and I imagine the same applied to those customers who ordered Mach-Es.I think he was talking about the new 'hot' vehicles. Those are usually customer orders until the hotness dies down.