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#1 OFFLINE   Assimilator

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:43 PM

Ford very quietly ceased production of the Focus and C-Max on Friday.

 

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 04:33 PM

Wonder what our friend Fuzzy will be doing now.



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 05:59 PM

Making all those new pie in the sky...., I mean white space vehicles I would assume.

Ford making America never drive a car again. Could be a new slogan for them


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:01 PM

Ford very quietly ceased production of the Focus and C-Max on Friday.
 
http://www.autonews...._medium=twitter

The last C-Max actually rolled off the line on the 28th of April. I installed the right front door panel on it.


Wonder what our friend Fuzzy will be doing now.

Ill be back for the Ranger, but I will be (unfortunately) moving to body shop. No clue what my job will be, what shift I will be on (they are keeping 2 over there so it will probably be nights), or even what my return date is. All I got is a we will call you.
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:07 AM

Glad you still have a job Fuzzy.

 

Pouring one out for the Mk3.  Trans aside, still an awesome car.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:21 AM

The last C-Max actually rolled off the line on the 28th of April. I installed the right front door panel on it. Ill be back for the Ranger, but I will be (unfortunately) moving to body shop. No clue what my job will be, what shift I will be on (they are keeping 2 over there so it will probably be nights), or even what my return date is. All I got is a we will call you.


Let's all hope the best for you!

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:07 AM

Glad you still have a job Fuzzy.
 
Pouring one out for the Mk3.  Trans aside, still an awesome car.

I traded mine in last week :(

I missed it terribly before I even left the lot
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:10 AM

I traded mine in last week :(

I missed it terribly before I even left the lot

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What did you trade it in for?

 

Good luck to you..


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

He got a Fusion.

We traded daughter’s 2012 SEL on the MKX and gave daughter our old Escape a couple of years ago.

Traded my 2013 Fusion on a 2018 F150 3 months ago.

Don’t miss either one. :)
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:34 AM

Sad that Focus Mk3 production has ended, especially with gas prices on the rise....Ford just cannot catch a break.


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours....Gordon Lightfoot, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:37 AM

Question of the hour is how long will they last before they run out of them to sell?


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:40 AM

Question of the hour is how long will they last before they run out of them to sell?


At the current rate a lot longer than they should.
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:41 AM

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What did you trade it in for?
 
Good luck to you..

2018 Blue Metallic Fusion. Ive been meaning to post pics but havent had a chance. Now that Im off work for a bit Im catching up on stuff I havent been able to get done since starting 50 hour weeks in January.
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:42 AM

Question of the hour is how long will they last before they run out of them to sell?

Im not sure what they have as inventory right now but assuming it stays at the current rate of about 13k a month, 3-6 months?
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:08 AM

Focus inventory should be fairly well dried up and picked through within the next 3-4 months.  We probably won't see the sales plummet for another 2-3 months.  There's no way to get around the math on the big sales loss they are about to go through over the next 12 months as they wipe away Focus/C-Max which is why I think they wanted to get everybody onboard with the sedans are dead thing.  I think it's quite possible Ford will rank 3rd in Detroit by the end of the year, they just don't have new products right now to sell as they transition.  Ford will probably regain some ground with Ranger next year, but you'll need to look at 2020 before Ford sales start recovering the car loss with new products.  In either case, it's going to look bleak before it looks positive.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:29 AM

Focus inventory should be fairly well dried up and picked through within the next 3-4 months.  We probably won't see the sales plummet for another 2-3 months.  There's no way to get around the math on the big sales loss they are about to go through over the next 12 months as they wipe away Focus/C-Max which is why I think they wanted to get everybody onboard with the sedans are dead thing.  I think it's quite possible Ford will rank 3rd in Detroit by the end of the year, they just don't have new products right now to sell as they transition.  Ford will probably regain some ground with Ranger next year, but you'll need to look at 2020 before Ford sales start recovering the car loss with new products.  In either case, it's going to look bleak before it looks positive.

 

Sales volume, yes, but I honestly don't think losing Focus sales is going to affect profits.   Might actually increase profits.

 

Need I remind everyone that GM was #1 in sales when they went bankrupt.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:54 AM

 
Sales volume, yes, but I honestly don't think losing Focus sales is going to affect profits.   Might actually increase profits.
 
Need I remind everyone that GM was #1 in sales when they went bankrupt.

If sales are falling at the same rate as profits are increasing, its a wash anyway and youre right back where you started.
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:01 AM

If sales are falling at the same rate as profits are increasing, its a wash anyway and youre right back where you started.

 

Not if you're keeping the profitable sales and only getting rid of the unprofitable ones.



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:15 AM

Aren't they still paying everyone at the plant partial wages during the layoff?   I find it hard to believe that the Focus was loosing money if you take certain fixed and overhead costs out of the equation. With Fusion being a "discontinued" model for the next 2 years and thus another volume/revenue hit,  I really worry that Ford will be able to cover the overhead costs (including the executive suite and train station) and still deliver improved Earnings Per Share.    

 

Also out there is the bad rep the Focus/Fiesta transmission got, Focus was a great car that indoctrinated many into being Ford Buyers.   I still don't see what the new indoctrination vehicle will be - the Escape seems to pricey and the Ecosport seems to have constraints on volume.  


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:15 AM

 
Not if you're keeping the profitable sales and only getting rid of the unprofitable ones.

Unless sales are dipping fast enough to mitigate the additional profits. Theres a chance that could happen before the new stuff comes out in 2020.
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