Ford Cancelling Remaining 2016 Focus RS Orders, Consumers Will Have to Wait for 2017 Model Year

2016 Ford Focus RS

Buyers are getting their 2016 Ford Concentrate RS orders cancelled, and the automaker is providing differing causes as to why, depending on who you ask.

Ford is telling dealers and buyers who placed orders for Ford’s hottest hatch that they’ll receive 2017 models rather. This, for a model Ford stated it could create as many as consumers wanted.

Ford produces the 350-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Concentrate RS at its Saarlouis plant in Germany. The sought-after model arrived stateside this spring, with the automaker promising not to limit production.

According to emails obtained by TTAC, a Los Angeles dealer had 3 of its pending 2016 Focus RS orders cancelled by Ford and moved to the 2017 model year. That could mean months of delays for consumers as they wait for subsequent year’s deliveries.

The cause given to the dealer by a Ford rep for the cancellations? “Economic turmoil in Europe” that forced the Saarlouis plant to shut down, limiting production volume.

Nonetheless, when TTAC asked Ford representative Dan Jones about the e mail, he stated 220 orders were cancelled basically due to the fact Ford couldn’t keep up with demand just before a planned summer season factory shutdown.

“We regularly adjust daily production to be aligned with market place demand,” Jones stated. “Focus RS demand about the globe has exceeded expectations, so these 220 buyer units that had been scheduled for 16MY construct, are now going to be rescheduled into 17MY, and as these orders will be prioritized, buyers will expertise virtually no delay in delivery of their automobile.”

There’s a massive gap amongst planned maintenance and “economic turmoil.”

Would-be Concentrate RS buyers have expressed aggravation over continually changing delivery timetables on on the internet enthusiast forums.

One particular Australian forum user was told the vehicle’s planned August construct would be moved to November, although an additional had his pushed from July to September. Another user sought answers for why his Focus RS create date went from June to August, and then to October. “Your develop date can move around until it is finally locked in when a VIN is assigned,” mentioned a Ford Australia representative.

At some point in the summer season, the German plant shuts down for a worker’s holiday. When pressed, the user’s Ford rep claimed the plant shut down for a week in early July. That rep returned to say the plant would be shut down for summer season maintenance from July 25 to August 19.

When asked about the shutdown timing, Jones stated workers will return to Saarlouis following a three-week holiday on August 15.

Time will inform what the delivery delay amounts to, if anything, or whether dealers and buyers experience additional aggravation. For an automaker, it is nonetheless better to deal with the fallout of a model with overwhelming demand than, say, a Chrysler 200.

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Act Quickly, and Get a Ford Focus Electric for Pennies

2015 Ford Focus Electric

If you reside in California and your demographics are appropriate, your electric vehicle dream is within reach. Yes, even you, baristas and struggling actors!

The site Leasehackr stumbled upon a killer deal for reduce-revenue Californians (assuming they live close to charging stations), and spelled out how leftover 2015 Ford Concentrate Electrics can be leased for essentially nothing at all.

If your personal life aligns with Ford’s consumer incentives and California’s revamped EV rebate plan, it can be carried out.

First, you have to make significantly less than $ 35,600 a year, or be a member of a household of 4 with a combined income of $ 72,900 or significantly less. If you’re in a position to check that box, just hope you’re also a current college grad or military member (or 1st responder), as well as a first-time buyer.

Leasehackr sought out the least expensive dealer-sold 2015 Concentrate Electric to run the numbers on. The least-high-priced model found was $ 27,200.

Factoring in every attainable incentive, like the $ 12,750 in combined Red Carpet Lease Consumer Money and bonus money thrown at California Ford purchasers, the cost to get into the Concentrate is primarily halved.

Getting into into a 36-month, ten,500 mile per year lease (with a 40 percent residual value) would see the lessee roll off the lot following paying $ 1,495 in registration, fees, 1st month’s payment and applicable taxes.

The only price right after that, apart from your insurance and electrical energy, would be an $ 81 month-to-month payment. But that’s where California methods in to make your life even more envious.

The state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate System (CVRP) was lately revamped to give lower-income residents $ four,000 for the buy of a battery electric car. Applied for right after the acquire, the $ four,000 in state cash would practically erase the $ 4,055 total price of the lease.

It is like winning the life-style lottery!

Even if you are closing in on middle class (or currently there), the upper-level CVRP rebate of $ two,500 would nonetheless make the Concentrate Electric such a wonderful deal your buddies would have to start off ignoring your self-congratulatory phone calls.

The deal is dependent on a dwindling supply of 2015 model year Electrics, and Leasehackr points out that Ford’s existing lease plan ends on April 4. Who knows how that will modify the day soon after.

On your bikes, folks.

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