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  1. Per the latest FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) here's the updated information on the 2020MY Explorer production schedule. 01/14/2019 - 2020MY Order Bank Open Date 02/28/2019 - 2020MY Scheduling Begins 05/06/2019 - 2020MY Job #1 Date The 2020 Explorer Order Guide is expected to be released to Dealers tomorrow morning and will be uploaded to Product Order Guides section as soon as it's available.
  2. July delivery is very optimistic for a retail order 2020 Explorer. Per standard practice, the initial scheduling will be for stock orders only until the "OK to Buy" status is reached. Ford is telling Dealers not to expect 2020 Explorer's to hit the ground until July. So by the time the "OK to Buy'" status is reached and they start scheduling retail orders, those retail orders may not arrive until a couple of months later. Unless, of course, Ford makes an exception and starts scheduling retail orders before the "OK to Buy" and holds the retail units until then. Still a little early to know what they'll do and we may not know until sometime after Job #1.
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    Explorer pricing announced

    The Explorer Platinum is a very low volume model appealing to the specific few that have to have the top-of-the-line and can afford it. A lot of these price increases have to be improving Ford's profit margin as the increases look to be a lot more than just for additional content, etc. Ford will maximize their profit margin but probably do little if anything the increase it at the dealership level.
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    Mustang EcoBoost be renamed to Mustang ST

    Agreed. Ford makes too many nomenclature changes on the rest of the vehicles. Leave Mustang alone!
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    2019 B&O sound system

    So true, especially with the Active Valve Performance Exhaust on a GT! When the weather's nice I find myself turning the radio down or off so I can listen to the exhaust sound, especially as you go through the shift points.
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    2019 Ford Mustang Color Guide

    Dark Highland Green is exclusive to the Bullitt as noted in the 2019Mustang Order Guide.
  7. Hmmmm… Ford's been doing more frequent updates to the Mustang in recent years and may have a some surprises for the 2020MY Mustang. Even so, it would be hard to believe that we'll see the hybrid version so soon. We'll see.
  8. Per yesterday's FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) the following timetable has been announced for the 2018MY Balance Out & 2019MY Job #1. 03/02/2018 - 2018MY Fleet Final Order Due Date 03/22/2018 - 2018MY Last Day to Spec Change 06/07/2018 - 2018MY Job Last Date 03/12/2018 - 2019MY Order Bank Open Date 04/12/2018 - 2019MY Scheduling Begins 06/11/2018 - 2019MY Job #1 Date The 2019MY Mustang Order Guide should be released to dealers on or about the date that the USOB (Unscheduled Order Bank) opens.
  9. Production week scheduling information for the week of May 28th. 2018 EcoSport - Clean up scheduling 2018 Edge - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 2018 Escape - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-30 & 2018-08-06 2018 Expedition - No Scheduling 2018 Explorer - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 2018 F-150 - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-06-18 2018 Fiesta - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-30 2019 Flex - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 2018 Fusion - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-30 - Final 2018MY Fusion orders are due on Thursday, May 31st 2019 Mustang - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 2018 F-Series Super Duty - 2018MY Super Duty has balanced out 2019 F-Series Super Duty - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 - Retail orders will begin scheduling on May 31st. Until the Okay to Buy has been achieved, orders will not ship 2018 Taurus - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-23 2018 Transit - Scheduling for Build Week 2018-07-30 2019 Transit Connect - Clean up scheduling Please let me know if this information is of interest!
  10. PRODUCTION WEEK SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF 02/18/2019 2019 ECOSPORT Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/15/2019 & 04/22/2019 2019 EDGE Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 ESCAPE Retail Scheduling 2019 EXPEDITION Scheduling for Build Week 03/18/2019 2020 EXPLORER Startup Scheduling on 02/28/2019 2019 F-150 Scheduling for Build Weeks 03/18/2019 & 03/25/2019 2019 FIESTA Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 FLEX Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 FUSION Retail Scheduling 2019 MUSTANG Scheduling for Build Week 04/15/2019 2019 RANGER Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 F-SERIES SD Scheduling for Build Week 03/18/2019 2019 TRANSIT Scheduling for Build Week 04/08/2019 2019 TRANSIT CONNECT Cleanup Scheduling. Final 2019MY Transit Connect Orders Due on Thursday 02/21/2019 2020 LINCOLN AVIATOR Startup Scheduling on 02/28/2019 2019 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Scheduling for Build Week 04/15/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKC Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 LINCOLN MKT No Scheduling 2019 LINCOLN MKZ Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAUTILUS Scheduling for Build Weeks 04/08/2019 & 04/15/2019 2019 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR Scheduling for Build Week 03/18/2019
  11. Per yesterday's FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) here's the production timetable for the 2019/2020 Ford Expedition. TBD - 2019MY Fleet Final Order Due Date 07/25/2019 - 2019MY Last Day to Spec Change 10/13/2019 - 2019MY Job Last Date TBD - 2020MY Order Bank Open Date TBD - 2020MY Scheduling Begins 10/14/2019 - 2020MY Job #1 Date
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    2020MY Production Schedule

    Per the attached pages from today's FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Belletin) Ford is starting to provide information on the production and scheduling timing for the 2020MY. The attached schedule also includes information for the Lincoln models. FDNB_1838_2018-09-21_2019-2020MY Production Schedule.pdf
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    2020MY Production Schedule

    Should there be any change to the 2019/2020MY Mustang changeover schedule it'll appear in a future FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) which is usually released late Friday night. If there are any changes, I'll post that information as soon as it's available.
  14. 2020 Transit Connect Order Guide View File 2020 Transit Connect Order Guide Submitter ice-capades Submitted 02/14/2019 Category Transit Connect  
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    2020 Transit Connect Order Guide
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    2019 Mustang Order Status/Scheduling

    It depends on a Dealer's Mustang allocation which changes every month. There's lots of information online here at BOF about the ordering and scheduling process which will answer a lot of those questions.
  17. As Fuzzymoomoo stated. When the USOB (Unscheduled Order Bank) opens it is open for all dealers.
  18. It is not uncommon for there to be miscellaneous shipping delays for a variety of reasons, but the situation has continued to get worse and it’s costing Dealers business as a result. A customer wanting a 2019 Edge SEL AWD w/#201A in Baltic Sea Green finally gave up after nearly 2 months waiting for a stock unit, matching their specifications, that had been produced and released for shipping but sat at the plant for 2 months before finally arriving at the dealership after the customer had cancelled their order. The dealership tried to locate another vehicle, at the next closest 300 dealers on numerous occasions but the customer’s specifications were very specific and not flexible on the Baltic Sea Green paint color. We had other 2019 Edge SEL AWD’s available with their exact specifications in other colors, but the customer only wanted the Baltic Sea Green color. Inquiries to Ford at numerous levels failed to provide any information not already available via the Vehicle Visibility tracking system. There was regular contact with the customer, but the customer cancelled and bought a different vehicle from another dealership out of state. A better example of shipping delays costing business is related to a fleet order from a regular account that’s been buying Flex SE FWD’s for their student transportation fleet. They ordered (5) 2019 Flex SE FWD units that were scheduled and built with consecutive VIN numbers with the units in production in early November 2018. The first three vehicles were released and shipped within a reasonable time but, like other fleet accounts, the customer wanted to take delivery of all the ordered vehicles at the same time so that they could be sent to an upfit facility for installation of specialty equipment and graphics that had been ordered. The 4th and 5th units were produced yet sat at the plant in “Produced” status, but the customer finally took delivery of the first 3 vehicles because they couldn’t wait any longer to get the vehicles upfitted and put into service. The 4th vehicle finally arrived and sat at the dealership for weeks because the customer wanted to take delivery of the last two units at the same time. Throughout the process there has been regular contact with the fleet customer via phone calls, e-mail and in person to make sure that the customer always had the most up-to-date information on their order status. We’ve had the account for several years and have always had a good relationship with them by providing special attention to their needs, as opposed to their experience with their former Dealer. Our vehicle order status is monitored for scheduling, production and shipping status updates daily with special attention given to retail and fleet order types. Fleet orders are treated differently by Ford and status inquiries are always redirected to the Ford Fleet department. The customer finally took delivery of the 4th vehicle a few days ago but is now cancelling their order for the 5th unit which has been sitting at the plant in “Produced” status for 10 weeks now. After repeated and continuous inquiries, no one at Ford will provide any information as to the reason for the delay or a revised timetable for delivery of the last unit to the dealership. Fleet business doesn’t help a Dealer meet retail sales objectives and usually is very low profit wise but provides an opportunity for a dealership to get more exposure with potential increased retail business. This same fleet account is in the process of buying Ford ESP’s (Extended Service Plans) for many vehicles from us. Their current fleet is a mix of vehicles from different manufacturers and they’ve informed us that they want to start converting their entire fleet to Ford vehicles. They are about to start replacing 100 vehicles in their fleet. Unfortunately, Ford’s failure to communicate and provide information to their Dealers regarding the extended retail and fleet vehicle shipping delays is costing business.
  19. Wow... NuCar Carriers is certainly a name from the past! I can only speak from my own experience (33 years!) but not a lot has changed over the years. The only time cars were shipped convoy direct from the plants to dealerships was when Ford had their plants in New Jersey and the plant in Norfolk. Everything goes by rail now although the logistics are a bit different with changes to rail carriers, plant locations, etc. Right now I'm dealing with more car carrier firms than in years with vehicles going to rail ramps in Newark, NJ, Selkirk, NY, Mechanicville, NY, Twin Oaks, PA and East Brookfield, MA with vehicles being hauled by United Road, Fleet Car, Tribecca, Virginia Transport, Diversified Automotive and Brothers. United Road took over Fleet Car last month. Vehicles going to the Selkirk and Mechanicville ramps (45 minutes apart) are all going to start going only to the Selkirk Ramp will make things more efficient although Brothers is very good and delivers vehicles within 48-72 hours upon arrival. Overall quality goes to Diversified Automotive but the East Brookfield Ramp is a nightmare with vehicles sitting there for weeks at a time because they only haul Expeditions and Super Duty's which caused load configuration problems and they don't have enough volume coming to our part of CT. Years ago about 90% of Ford product for us went to Diversified's ramp in Davisville, RI and vehicles arrived with 48 hours like clockwork! The contracts with the car haulers are also renegotiated, go out to bid, etc. and every time a contract is moved to a different carrier the transportation logistics change. Hope this helps.
  20. Per yesterday's FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) here's the production timetable for the 2019/2020 Ford EcoSport. 03/29/2019 - 2019MY Fleet Final Order Due Date 04/11/2019 - 2019MY Last Day to Spec Change 07/05/2019 - 2019MY Balance Out Date 04/15/2019 - 2020MY Order Bank Open Date 05/16/2019 - 2020MY Scheduling Begins 07/08/2019 - 2020MY Job #1 Date
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    2020MY Production Schedule

    Considering the history with the E-Series and the full size Transit to date, I wouldn't look for an AWD/4WD Transit from Ford but contact Quigley about their conversion.
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    2020MY Production Schedule

    The latest FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) still shows a Balance Out Date for the 2019MY Escape on 07/19/2019 and a Job #1 Date for the 2020MY Escape on 08/05/2019.
  23. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. The Vehicle Visibility tracking program provides the most recent information available. Has your Dealer contacted their regional office directly and asked them to look into the matter?
  24. The shipping/transportation charges are the same no matter what the shipping distance is so that it's the same for all Dealers nationwide.
  25. 2020 Explorer Order Guide View File 2020 Explorer Order Guide Submitter ice-capades Submitted 01/16/2019 Category Explorer  
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