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    Ford Dealer Advertising & Inventory Manager

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    Hamden, CT
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    2019 Mustang GT Fastback

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  1. ice-capades

    2019 Ranger Production Information

    The only vehicle lines that are using the new scheduling system are Fusion and Escape. All the Dealer Stock Orders are scheduled the first week and Retail Orders are scheduled all remaining weeks. Dealers configure all their Stock Orders when they do their monthly wholesale allocation meeting and all those orders are scheduled the next week. For about three days prior to the Stock Orders being scheduled, Dealers can make minor changes (Color & Trim) only. Retail Orders are then scheduled for each of the subsequent weeks. Retail 2019 Ranger orders will not start to schedule until the "OK to Buy" status is achieved which requires five consecutive days of production with zero defects. Any time a defect is discovered the clock resets to zero until there are five consecutive days of production with zero defects. Once the "OK to Buy" status is achieved both Dealer Stock and Retail Orders will schedule weekly, not monthly. 2019 Ranger Retail Orders are scheduled using a Retail Order Verification System that requires the Dealer to upload a copy of the customer's signed Buyer's Order and Driver's License for verification before the Retail Order will be approved for scheduling. There is also a $750 incentive from Ford for 2019 Ranger Retail Orders placed by January 2, 2019.
  2. We keep hearing about insane deals that Lincoln Motor Company is making in order to move product and keep customers. They're spending a fortune to keep Lincoln going, at least until they can get enough new product in production and available to the public to see if Lincoln can be viable long term.
  3. PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 01/07/2019 2019 ECOSPORT No Scheduling 2019 EDGE Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 ESCAPE No Scheduling 2019 EXPEDITION Scheduling for Build Week 01/28/2019 2019 EXPLORER No Scheduling 2019 F-150 Scheduling for Build Week 01/28/2019 2019 FIESTA Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 FLEX Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 FUSION No Scheduling 2019 MUSTANG Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 RANGER Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019. Until the Okay to Buy has been achieved, retail orders will not be selected for scheduling. Only retail orders that have been verified through the Retail Order Verification Program will be selected for scheduling. 2019 F-SERIES SD Scheduling for Build Week 01/28/2019 2019 TAURUS No Scheduling 2019 TRANSIT Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 TRANSIT CONNECT No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKC Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKT Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKZ Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAUTILUS Scheduling for Build Week 02/25/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR Scheduling for Build Week 01/28/2019
  4. PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 12/17/2018 2019 ECOSPORT No Scheduling 2019 EDGE No Scheduling 2019 ESCAPE No Scheduling 2019 EXPEDITION No Scheduling 2019 EXPLORER No Scheduling 2019 F-150 No Scheduling 2019 FIESTA No Scheduling 2019 FLEX No Scheduling 2019 FUSION No Scheduling 2019 MUSTANG No Scheduling 2019 RANGER No Scheduling. Until the Okay to Buy has been achieved, retail orders will not be selected for scheduling. Only retail orders that have been verified through the Retail Order Verification Program will be selected for scheduling. 2019 F-SERIES SD No Scheduling 2019 TAURUS No Scheduling 2019 TRANSIT No Scheduling 2019 TRANSIT CONNECT No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN MKC No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN MKT No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN MKZ No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN NAUTILUS No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR No Scheduling PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 12/24/2018 All Ford & Lincoln Vehicles No Scheduling PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 12/31/2018 All Ford & Lincoln Vehicles No Scheduling Scheduling will resume the week of 01/07/2019
  5. ice-capades

    How many manuals Vs. Autos produced for 2018?

    It varies depending on the Market and I can only give you information on my dealership here in CT. For us the V-6 Mustang's we stocked were nearly all automatics as was the case with the EcoBoost models. With the GT's the model mix was about 90% manual transmissions for many years. After the 2005MY and the increased demand, customer inquiries, changing retail order mix, etc. I started looking even more closely as to what was being stocked at other dealerships in the 50-75 mile range from our dealership. There were very few automatic GT's being stocked yet we were seeing increased demand and sales of the automatic GT's. The GT customer demographic was aging and a lot of the GT customers that wanted and/or could afford to buy a GT could no longer drive a manual transmission due to medical issues. So we started stocking more automatic transmission GT's and our sales went up vs. the competition. It's now at a point where 75% plus of our GT sales are automatics! Right now we have (6) 2019 Mustang's in stock. 2019 Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible (Velocity Blue w/Ebony Leather, 201A, Automatic, Ford Safe & Smart, Black Accent Package) 2019 Mustang GT Fastback (Velocity Blue w/Ebony Cloth, 300A, Automatic, Black Accent Package, Ford Safe & Smart, Active Valve Performance Exhaust) 2019 Mustang GT Fastback (Magnetic w/Ebony Cloth, 300A, 6-Speed Manual, GT Performance, Active Valve Performance Exhaust) 2019 Mustang GT Fastback (Oxford White w/Ebony Cloth, 301A, Automatic, Black Accent Package, Ford Safe & Smart, Active Valve Performance Exhaust, Enhanced Security, Navigation) 2019 Mustang GT Premium Convertible (Ruby Red w/Ebony Leather, 401A, Automatic, Ford Safe & Smart, Black Accent Package, Active Valve Performance Exhaust, B&O Premium Sound System) 2019 Mustang GT Premium Fastback (Kona Blue w/Ebony Leather, 400A, Automatic, Ford Safe & Smart, Active Valve Performance Exhaust, Enhanced Security, Navigation, Over-the-Top Racing Stripes) As the prices go up we're starting to stock more GT's w/300A & 301A and finding that customers looking for the higher end Premium GT's have much more specific requirements making it harder to stock those vehicles. We could have a GT with their exact specifications but they'd want one in a different color. It's not easy balancing the Mustang inventory with only 6 in stock on average which is why we don't stock a lot of manual transmission models as those we can usually get via a Dealer Trade. A lot of it is just paying attention to the changing customer demographics, customer needs, etc. and then adjusting the inventory mix over time. Hope this general information at the dealership level is of some help and interest!
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    2019 Mustang Production Information

    Updated 2019 Mustang Order Guide has been uploaded to the Product Order Guides section.
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    2019 Edge Production Information

    Updated 2019 Edge Order Guide had been uploaded to the Product Order Guides section.
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    2019 Mustang Production Information

    Congratulations! We got our Bullitt in July and sold it to a customer that also bought our 2018 Shelby GT350 that was received in May. The customer paid $10,000 over MSRP for each car! Since then, I've had two Mustang GT's arrive a couple of weeks apart and each time the car carrier had two Bullitt's going to other dealerships in CT. And a few weeks ago a friend in CO told me about a deal available on a Bullitt at a dealership there. I ran the VIN number to get the invoice and found that the Dealer was advertising the Bullitt at invoice pricing! Congratulations again on getting the Bullitt! Enjoy!
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    2019 Mustang Production Information

    FYI... The New York Regional Office has sent out a notice that Mustang orders with the (673) Performance Package - Level 2 option will not be selected for scheduling, until further notice. This notice applies to New York Region orders. I have no access to information on the PP2 availability in other regions but wanted to pass this information on. The MagneRide Damping System (96B) is available for scheduling on orders equipped with the GT Performance Package (67G) with either the 6-Speed Manual or 10-Speed SelectShift Automatic.
  10. ice-capades

    2019 Mustang GT

    The are things that can be done to help expedite scheduling of an order although it's much more limited in cases of an order including limited production options such as the PP2. Once a vehicle is scheduled there's nothing a Dealer can do.
  11. PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 12/10/2018 2019 ECOSPORT No Scheduling 2019 EDGE Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 ESCAPE Retail Scheduling Only 2019 EXPEDITION Scheduling for Build Week 01/21/2019 2019 EXPLORER Cleanup Scheduling. Final 2019MY Explorer orders are due on Thursday 12/13/2018. 2019 F-150 Scheduling for Build Weeks 01/14/2019 & 01/21/2019 2019 FIESTA Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 FLEX Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 FUSION Retail Scheduling Only 2019 MUSTANG Scheduling for Build Week 02/18/2019 2019 RANGER Scheduling for Build Week 02/18/2019. Until the Okay to Buy has been achieved, retail orders will not be selected for scheduling. Only retail orders that have been verified through the Retail Order Verification Program will be selected for scheduling. 2019 F-SERIES SD Scheduling for Build Weeks 01/14/2019 & 01/21/2019 2019 TAURUS Cleanup Scheduling. Final 2019MY Taurus orders are due on Thursday 12/13/2018. 2019 TRANSIT Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 TRANSIT CONNECT Cleanup Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKC Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKT Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKZ Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAUTILUS Scheduling for Build Weeks 02/11/2019 & 02/18/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR Scheduling for Build Week 01/21/2019
  12. You missed a few weeks of the Production Week Scheduling Timetable. The plant should only be down the week of 12/24. MKZ scheduling last week was for the build weeks 01/28/2019 & 02/04/2019.
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    2019 Ranger Production Information

    Ford is generating invoices for Ranger's in production but has posted a notice that Window Stickers will not be generated until fuel economy testing is completed and the final MPG ratings are available. FORD STATEMENT The availability of the 2019 Ford Ranger online Monroney Label has temporarily been disabled to allow for the final Fuel Economy data to be correctly represented on all documents. We anticipate that access to these online window stickers will continue to be disabled through December 10, 2018. This will impact access through both the Vehicle Locator application and the links provided to your Dealer web sites.Our team will provide updates regarding the availability of these online window stickers as information regarding their release is received.
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    2019 Ranger Production Information

    Production for Dealer stock orders has started but customer retail orders will not start to schedule until the "OK to Buy" status has been achieved which is not expected until sometime in January.
  15. Ford's IT Department has been doing its usual, exceptional job lately with Dealers having extremely limited access to the FMCDealer.com portal since Thursday afternoon. Ford has a Business Continuity Document PDF that provides direct access to specific applications but even using this is troublesome right now. For example, it is impossible to access the SMART Weekly Order Management or WBDO (Web Based Dealer Order) links. As such, I've not been able to access information for my Production Week Scheduling Timetable report. It's anyone's guess if they're working on the problem over the weekend but as soon as access is restored I'll upload the information for next week's vehicle scheduling.
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