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    2020 F-150 Order Guide

    2020 F-150 Order Guide View File 2020 F-150 Order Guide Submitter ice-capades Submitted 07/15/2019 Category F 150  
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    2020 Raptor Order

    2020 Raptor 4x4 SuperCrew... Arrived on 11/12/2019. 1FTFW1RG0LFA44399_WS.pdf
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    ‘20 Escape Impressions

    The entire marketing focus is on clearing out the remaining 2019's. Once the 2019 Escape inventory is low enough you'll start to see increased incentives on the new 2020's. It's like this on all the vehicles when they're transitioning to the new models. It also9 allows Ford to maximize the profits on the early 2020MY sales.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2017 Explorer Limited 4WD 1FM5K8F81HGB48958_WS.pdf
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    Ranger Sales Grow

    The Pick Up Box Delete is included and only available on the SuperCab XL 4x2 (Body Code = R1A) and the only Rangers we've stocked so far are 4x4's and no potential customers have inquired about the 4x2 chassis cab version.
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2018 Fusion V6 Sport (Canada) 3FA6P0VPXJR145582_WS.pdf
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2016 Police Interceptor Sedan AWD 1FAHP2MK9GG110283_WS.pdf
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    Ranger Sales Grow

    The lack of Ranger XL's in stock isn't due to a lack of orders from Ford but due to Ford's restrictions. A number of month ago they increased the XLT mix to about 75% but it's still difficult to get XL's scheduled.
  11. The only 4WD E-Series I know of are all conversions done by Quigly in PA. For the small E-Series volume and the availability of Transit AWD's there's little need for Ford to offer 4WD E-Series.
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2016 F-150 Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew 2017 F-150 XLT 4x4 SuperCrew 1FTEW1EF4GFD05211_WS.pdf 1FTEW1EG7HKD64447_WS.pdf
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2017 F-250 SRW 4x4 Crew Cab (King Ranch - 160"WB) 1FT7W2BT0HEB33243_WS.pdf
  14. Ford management is doing what it's been doing for years now... packaging vehicle models and pricing them to maximize profits even when doing so jeopardizes the company long term by continuing to lose market share. Unfortunately, they have little concern about losing market share or retaining existing customers and fail to realize that once they lose a customer to the competition it'll be very difficult to get that customer back because of the declining brand loyalty to Ford. It's going to take some time to see how the 2020 Escape, Explorer and the rest of the new models perform sales-wise. Unfortunately, Ford is now letting the Fusion die sales-wise with little marketing or incentive support. We used to sell an average of 15 Fusions per month and delivered none last month because of reduced incentives. We have 22 in stock and 28 available including scheduled orders. Escape sales were soft last month as was Explorer and F-150 for our dealership. The bright spot has been Edge which has been strong.
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    2020 Transit Order Guide

    2020 Transit Order Guide View File 2020 Transit Order Guide Submitter ice-capades Submitted 07/15/2019 Category Transit  
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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
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    Order Guide Updates

    Order Guides have been updated for the following vehicles: 2020 Ford Edge 2020 Ford Escape 2020 Ford Expedition 2020 Ford Ranger 2020 Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R 2020 Lincoln Continental 2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 Lincoln MKZ
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2017 Escape Titanium 4WD 1FMCU9JD5HUC16644_WS.pdf
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    Window Sticker Lookup

    2013 F-250 Lariat 4x4 Crew Cab 1FT7W2B60DEA56152_WS.pdf
  20. In the past week or so I'm coming across UBER vehicles on the road displaying blue "UBER" lights in vehicle windshields for display towards oncoming vehicles. I have no problem with UBER trying to identify their associated vehicles on the road. However, in many states, blue lights are reserved for police vehicle use only. At night, you can't tell that these vehicles are UBER vehicles until you're very close and able to read the blue UBER display. Otherwise, all you see is a blue light in the windshield and think that it's a police related vehicle.
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    Ford Nearly Completes Car Purge

    We sold a number of Taurus Police Interceptors the first year to a lot of departments with a lot of them splitting their orders between the Taurus and Explorer PI's. Since then, every department went to Explorer PI's only because of the extra room, etc.
  22. 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.