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  1. 2023 Super Duty Orders & Discussion
  2. 2023 Escape Orders & Discussion Ford order questions and general discussion.
  3. RETAIL PRICE INCREASES BY VEHICLE LINE - Effective April 1, 2021 SUVs Bronco Sport Increase Co-Pilot 360 Assist Package Price $100 MSRP Escape Increase Co-Pilot 360 Assist Package Price $195 MSRP Increase Cargo Area Protector Price $10 MSRP Edge Increase SE Series Prices $1,000 MSRP Increase Convenience Package Price $60 MSRP Increase Co-Pilot 360 Assist Package Price $100 MSRP Expedition Increase Co-Pilot 360 Assist Package Price $95 MSRP EFFECTIVE DATE Price and Dealer Invoice changes will be effective April 1, 2021. PRICE PROTECTION 2021 model units invoiced prior to April 1, 2021 will not be re-invoiced. Automatic price protection will be provided on: • Firm 2021-model fleet, retail, and demonstrator orders signed and dated on or before March 31, 2021 and received by Ford Motor Company on or before April 5, 2021. • Fleet CPA or GPC orders will continue to be price protected to the individual customer’s contract agreement or bid date.
  4. 2023 Lincoln Nautilus Order Guide View File 2023 Lincoln Nautilus Order Guide Submitter ice-capades Submitted 08/05/2022 Category MKX / Nautilus  
  5. 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Details Revealed, Prices Increase Substantially https://fordauthority.com/2022/08/2023-ford-f-150-lightning-details-revealed-prices-increase-substantially/ Price increases for the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning vary by trim level, with the range-topping Platinum and XLT High increasing by the least amount – $6,000 – while the XLT equipped with the extended range battery has gotten $8,500 more expensive. Perhaps the most notable jump here belongs to the entry-level, commercial-focused Pro, however, which is now $7,000 pricier, making its original, bargain-basement MSRP of $39,974 a distant memory.
  6. Ford Quality Czar Says Issues Should Subside in 2023 https://fordauthority.com/2022/07/ford-quality-czar-says-issues-should-subside-in-2023/ “In terms of the prevention activities, we are doing work upstream with engineering to improve our understanding of how customers use their vehicles and the things that could go wrong, Halliburton explained. “And we’re making sure that our engineering sign-offs are more robust around those use cases so that the products have less likelihood to fail, which is, I think, very critical to how we move forward in terms of our designs.”
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    Order Guide Updates

    Order Guides have been updated for the following vehicles: 2020 Ford F-150 2020 Lincoln Aviator 2020 Lincoln Continental 2020 Lincoln Nautilus
  8. Ford Dealers can submit vehicle orders via either the traditional CONCEPS ordering system or the newer WBDO (Web Based Dealer Ordering) system. Fleet orders and/or specification changes must be made via CONCEPS. The WBDO system only accepts stock (Dealer Stock, Demonstrator) orders and all variations of retail orders (Retail, A/X/D Plan, Etc.). Both ordering systems generate error notices and will not display pricing information until any errors are corrected. The CONCEPS ordering system requires the Dealer to manually enter all the order codes… Year, Body Code, Priority Code, Option Codes, etc. The newer WBDO system uses plain language descriptions, etc. and only displays options available for that vehicle’s Model Year, Body Code & Order Code. Retail orders using the WBDO system default to Priority Code “19”. Dealers assign priority codes to each order based on the Order Type. Stock orders are assigned priority codes 20-80, retail orders are assigned priority codes 10-19. Fleet orders are assigned special alpha numeric codes that represent a requested production week. The priority codes determine the order for which vehicle orders are to be selected and/or considered for scheduling. This overview doesn’t consider commodity issues (model, powertrain or option scheduling restrictions) that may be in place for a scheduling week. Commodity issues and/or restrictions can apply at either or both the regional and national levels. The highest priority that a Dealer can use for a retail order is 10. An order with a “10” priority code will schedule ahead of an order with an “11” priority code, etc. This allows Dealers to prioritize the order in which vehicles are scheduled, especially when a Dealer may have multiple retail orders in the USOB (Unscheduled Order Bank). With the WBDO ordering system, retail orders default to priority code “19” so it’s important that a Dealer change the priority code to a lower number if they want the order to be considered for scheduling earlier compared to other orders. Ford provides Dealers with a schedule for vehicle allocation each week on Monday mornings which shows how many vehicles of each model line that the Dealer has allocation for scheduling that week. That same weekly allocation report also includes information on any regional commodity issues or restrictions. On Monday afternoons, the Scheduling Toolbox Report is released which provides more detailed information on commodity issues and scheduling availability on a national basis. On Tuesday mornings, the AM Scheduling Preview Report is available to show Dealers which vehicle orders have been selected or previewed, on an initial basis, to be selected for scheduling that week. The same report is updated and available on Wednesday morning to show any changes based on commodity issues that may have changed. On Wednesday afternoon, the Regional Scheduler issues a notice informing Dealers of the vehicle specifications available for scheduling for orders not already showing on the AM Preview Report. This provides Dealers with information on what vehicle specifications are available for scheduling should they have orders showing on the AM Preview Report that are not what the Dealer wants. Ford generates what are called “SIMS Orders” each week which are Ford’s suggested orders based on commodity information available at the time. If a Dealer has vehicle allocation for scheduling that week and has no Dealer orders in the USOB or orders that don’t meet the commodity restrictions in place for that week, the scheduling system will default to trying to schedule SIMS (Smart Inventory Management System) orders if they meet any commodity restrictions in place. The SIMS orders are available to Dealers online Monday mornings and in print form on Tuesday mornings. Dealers can enter their own vehicle orders or change the Ford generated SIMS orders. Ford Dealers earn vehicle scheduling allocation each month based on reported vehicle sales, current inventory, projected sales, etc. Each month, Dealers usually meet with their Ford Zone Manager to review the allocation offered for scheduling the following month. A Dealer can accept the suggested allocation per vehicle line or change their commitment. Should a Dealer want more allocation than offered for a vehicle line, they can submit a request for supplemental allocation which will be considered based on total allocation available and commitments from other Dealers in their Zone. There are times when Dealers accept less allocation than offered for a vehicle line which makes that allocation available to other Dealers that may be looking for additional inventory. At other times, a Dealer may want more allocation for a vehicle line than Ford has offered. A supplemental allocation request is how Dealers can get allocation for extra inventory. A Dealer needs allocation each week for scheduling for each vehicle line. Even without allocation for a vehicle line, Ford is pretty good at trying to schedule retail orders even when a Dealer doesn’t have allocation that week. When a Dealer knows that they don’t have scheduling allocation, it’s always a good idea for them to provide the retail order information (Body Code & Order Number) to their Ford Zone Manager and the Regional Scheduler. The Regional Scheduler can reprioritize the retail order to priority code “01” which basically forces the Ford scheduling system to schedule the unit ASAP unless extreme commodity restrictions prevent the scheduling. When a Dealer doesn’t have allocation, the Ford Zone Manager may try to get the allocation from another Dealer that is willing to give up their allocation. Ford scheduling is done on Thursday’s but at times scheduling may be carried over to Friday’s due to scheduling, commodity or other issues. Vehicle scheduling confirmations are available on Friday mornings for allocation scheduled on Thursday. With only a few exceptions (Focus RS, EcoSport, Transit Connect) VIN numbers are generated at the time that an order is “Submitted to Plant” for scheduling. The initial scheduling information will show an order scheduled for a production week. Afterwards, the information will be updated to show production for a particular date. Along the process, the vehicle order status information will be updated along with the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) at the dealership. Years ago, the ordering process was much easier, with few or limited commodity issues to deal with. Ford’s vehicle scheduling was mostly driven by scheduling and building vehicles based on Dealer orders to meet Market demands. For a number of years now, the ordering process has become more complex and time consuming based on the constantly changing commodity issues and restrictions. It is now not uncommon for allocation to roll over to the following week because manufacturing can’t accurately forecast how many vehicles can be scheduled for production. In many cases, it seems that either because of vendor supply issues or other factors that Ford skews vehicle scheduling to higher content models in order to maximize corporate profits rather than scheduling vehicle production to meet Dealers orders or Market demand. The overall vehicle order process, scheduling and status updates is listed below for reference. · Dealer places order into the USOB (Unscheduled Order Bank) · When Dealer has vehicle allocation for scheduling, orders are scheduled based on Order Type, Priority Code and commodity restrictions. o Scheduled vehicle orders display as “Submitted to Plant” on the Dealer’s daily schedule status report. o Vehicle orders are assigned a VIN number when scheduled except for certain vehicle lines (EcoSport, Focus RS, Transit Connect) o The initial vehicle scheduling notice will include information for the scheduled week of production. The initial ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) is usually provided within a few days of the scheduling notice. o Dealers can change vehicle specifications for a scheduled vehicle up until the vehicle is “locked in” for production or about two weeks prior to the scheduled build date. Specifications for certain vehicle lines (EcoSport, Focus RS, etc.) cannot be changed once scheduled. § Dealers are limited to making 6 changes to scheduled orders. § Dealers cannot change Order Type, Body Code, Order Code (Package/Trim Level) · Vehicle order is next updated with a scheduled production date. · Vehicle goes into production and shows as “Sent to Plant” on the Dealer’s daily status report. o Vehicle invoices and window stickers are generated and available to Dealers at about this time. · Dealer’s daily status report shows updates on production status. · Vehicle status updated to “Produced” · Vehicle status updated to “Released” meaning that the vehicle has been released for shipment. · Vehicle is loaded on rail car. Dealer is provided with carrier information (Canadian National, Norfolk Sothern, etc.) along with the actual rail car number. · Vehicle status is updated to show arrival at the final rail destination (Ramp 41/Newark, NJ) · Vehicle is received by the car carrier (Fleet Car, Diversified Automotive, etc.) for delivery to the dealership. · Vehicle is delivered to the dealership. Dealers have access to the “Vehicle Visibility” application which provides status updates on a 24/7 basis for any vehicle order. This information is provided to answer the most often asked questions about the vehicle ordering process by the Ford enthusiasts that are members of the Blue Oval Forums. I’ll update this information as conditions warrant.
  9. Ford Explorer & Lincoln Aviator EV's Will Be Oakville's Only Vehicles https://fordauthority.com/2022/11/ford-explorer-lincoln-aviator-evs-will-be-oakvilles-only-vehicles/ Currently, the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus for North America, but that facility will stop building both the mainstream crossover and its luxury counterpart after the 2023 model year. As Ford Authority reported in 2020, the Oakville plant was slated to replace those models with five new EVs in 2025 following a complete retooling in 2024 – including all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers. In fact, an “Explorer-like” EV is slated to become the automaker’s next all-electric model, while Lincoln plans on rolling out four new second-generation EVs by 2026. However, it seems as if The Blue Ovals’ plans have changed somewhat in the past two years, and now the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EVs will be the only two models built at Oakville, according to Automotive News Canada.
  10. 2023 Super Duty Order Guide View File Late Availability Series & Features Launching With Job #2 ● Orders can be placed at Job 1 but will not schedule until Job #2: — King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited Trim Levels ● Features not available to order at Job #1. Content will be available to order when Job #2 order bank opens in February 2023. Dealers should assign Priority Code 99 to orders for customers who would like to wait for Job #2 content: — 3.55 Electronic-Locking Final Drive Ratio with Diesel Engines (Available J1 on Tremor / Available J2 on F-250/F-350 SRW without Tremor) — 360-Degree Trailer Camera System (J2 availability on all trim levels) — 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer BLIS System (J2 availability on all trim levels) — Black Appearance Package (J2 availability on XLT/Lariat) — CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package (J2 availability on XL with 6.8L Gas Engine) — Onboard Scales & Smart Hitch (J2 availability on Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited) – Feature estimates cargo weight in real time and provides guidance on trailer tongue weight distribution — Pro Trailer Hitch Assist (J2 availability on all trim levels within Tow Technology Package) – Feature automatically backs the truck up and aligns the conventional hitch ball to the trailer receiver — Programmable and Connected Ford Pro Upfit Integration System (J2 availability on all trim levels) – Feature adds ability for upfitter to customize controls and program operating rules Submitter ice-capades Submitted 10/25/2022 Category F Series Super Duty  
  11. Party's Over: Ford Fiesta to be Discontinued After 47 Years Subcompact economy car to be replaced by EV's https://www.foxnews.com/auto/ford-fiesta-discontinued-years It was the little car that could. The Ford Fiesta will end a 47-year production run next June, the automaker has confirmed. Ford has built over 16 million of the subcompact cars over seven generations, and it remains the all-time best-selling vehicle in the United Kingdom.
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    Price protection

    In addition to akirby's reply, here's a copy of the AXZD Plans Pricing Agreement that Dealers have to submit to Ford. Ford_AXZD-Plans Pricing Agreement.pdf
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    2023 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    The last time I looked at Ford's New York Region directory just a few months ago, the Zone Manager positions still existed. The Zone Managers are really the same as what you're also referring to as Regional Reps but there are higher level managers that have "Regional" as part of their title. Those "Regional" managers supervise the Zone Managers, while others work in other sales, marketing and other disciplines. The Zone Managers are the primary contact between the dealerships and the regional office. It's not often that Dealers have contact with other or upper-level regional managers. There is no new system that's replaced the use of priority codes 01 and 02 which are assigned by Dearborn and/or Regional Schedulers. The Zone Managers can request retail orders being reprioritized but don't have final approval authority.
  14. Electric Chevrolet Blazer Reservations Are Sold Out Already https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/electric-chevrolet-blazer-reservations-sold-out Deliveries of the all-electric midsize model revealed in July are not expected to begin until next summer, but the first batch is already spoken for. A Chevrolet spokeswoman told FOX Business that the automaker has "fulfilled our reservation target" and is no longer accepting new reservations. The first Blazer EVs scheduled to ship are listed at $47,595 and $51,995. An entry-level $44,995 model will be added in late 2024.
  15. It makes it easier if orders that can't be scheduled until Job #2 are set at priority code 99. Retail orders subject to Job #2 scheduling restrictions and submitted at 10-19 priority codes won't get scheduled until then anyway, but using the 99 priority code makes those orders easier to manage.
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    Ford Stock Inventory Reframing Launch

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide future "Ford Stock Inventory Reframing" updates. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any other issues or questions related to my experience. Attached are the latest stock order information updates. Ford_Stock Order Guide Addendum_New York Region_2022-09-27_2023MY.pdf Ford_Stock Order Guide Addendum_New York Region_2022-10-18_2023MY.pdf
  17. SUMMARY We are pleased to launch Inventory Reframing, which we first announced to the Dealers at the 2021 Grassroots Meeting in Dallas. Inventory Reframing is a Region-specific approach to reducing stock order complexity and stocking inventory based on the highest selling configurations in each Region. By limiting our stock inventory to the highest selling and fastest turning configurations in each Region, we expect to achieve several significant benefits both in the near term and long term for our Dealers, Ford and for our customers. BENEFITS TO DEALERS • Faster Days to Turn • Reduced Aged Inventory • Lower Floorplan Expense / Improved Profitability • More Predictable Forecasting / Easier Inventory Management STOCK ORDER GUIDES Regional Stock Order Guides are a new addendum to the traditional Order Guides that you are familiar with. Stock Order Guides are unique to each Region and were developed based on Regional sales analysis and with input from Dealers that served on an Inventory Reframing Dealer Committee in each Region. With the launch of Inventory Reframing, we are maintaining broad sales coverage while limiting stock orders in each Region to the configurations listed in the Stock Order Guide All configurations on all vehicles will remain available as an option for customers that want to place a retail order The traditional Order Guides will still exist as a main source of content detail on each vehicle, and to serve as a resource for retail orders Stock Order Guides will be posted the week of 1/10/22 to a new link in the WBDO Dashboard, following the close of the January wholesale VEHICLES INCLUDED / LAUNCH TIMING Effective with the late January / early February wholesale allocation, Stock Order configurations are being reduced on average between 70% - 80% from the total amount of configurations available on the vehicle lines listed below: • Bronco Sport • Escape • Edge • Explorer • Expedition • Ranger • F-150 • Super Duty F-250 pick-ups ONLY (Chassis cabs, F-350’s and above will have no stock restrictions) • Mustang Vehicles not listed above are not currently included in Inventory Reframing and will not have any changes to the orderable configurations available for stock. WBDO / ORDERING PROCESS WBDO will have the same appearance and process flow for ordering vehicles. The key change will be based on your Region, you will only be able to select the available configurations for stock orders that are published in your Region’s Stock Order Guide. On February 2/7/22, following the close of the late January/early February wholesale cycle, WBDO will update to only display the available configurations in your Region’s Stock Order Guide for stock orders on both OTD and non-OTD vehicles included in Inventory Reframing. (WBDO will also update to show available options you can add to your stock configurations.) Fleet orders are not impacted by Inventory Reframing. All configurations remain available on all Retail order types, including A/X/Z/D.
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    PLANT SCHEDULED DOWN WEEKS

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide future "Plant Scheduled Down Weeks" updates. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any other issues or questions related to my experience.
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    PLANT SCHEDULED DOWN WEEKS

    PLANT SCHEDULED DOWN WEEKS - FLEET DISTRIBUTION NEWS BULLETIN (FDNB) This information is subject to change and does not include unscheduled plant down time due to interrupted plant production. Blue Oval Forums_Plant Scheduled Down Weeks_2021-11-19.pdf
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    2024MY Medium Truck Production Information

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide future "Medium Truck Production Information" updates. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any other issues or questions related to my experience.
  21. Per today's FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) below is the scheduling and production timetable for the 2023/2024MY Medium Trucks. 01/31/2022 - 2023MY Fleet Final Order Date 10/13/2022 - 2023MY Last Day to Spec Change 12/23/2022 - 2023MY Balance Out Date 10/17/2022 - 2024MY Order Bank Open Date 11/17/2022 - 2024MY Scheduling Begins 01/03/2023 - 2024MY Job #1 Date The 2024 Medium Truck Order Guides will be released on or about the date that the USOB (Unscheduled Order Bank) opens and will be available for download in the Dealer Order Guides section. All dates are subject to change.
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    Ford Weekly Scheduling Notes

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide "Ford Weekly Scheduling Notes" information. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any other issues or questions related to my experience.
  23. Ford Weekly Scheduling Notes - Topic Cleanup
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    Order Guide Updates

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide Order Guides Updates. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any other issues or questions related to my experience.
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    Production Week Scheduling Information

    After nearly 37 years, I no longer have access to the FMCDealer.com portal. As a result, I will be unable to provide future Production Week Scheduling Information. I will continue to provide assistance and support for any issues or questions related to my experience.
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