Ford Moves Remaining Focus RS Orders for This Year to 2017

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Remaining orders for the 2016 Ford Focus RS are being canceled by the automaker.

The Truth About Cars reports that a Los Angeles, Calif., dealer had three of its pending Ford Focus RS orders canceled and moved to the next model year, which could mean months of delays for customers. The dealer said that a Ford rep cited “economic turmoil in Europe” as the reason for the delay, saying that the Saarlouis plant was forced to shut down, limiting production volume. Ford representative Dan Jones, however, replied to TTAC‘s inquiry saying that 220 orders were canceled simply because Ford couldn’t keep up with demand before a planned summer factory shutdown.

He confirmed that the plant was shut down for a week in early July and that it will also be down for maintenance from July 25 to August 19. When pushed about the timing for the shutdown, Jones replied saying that workers will return to the factory after a three-week holiday on August 15.

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“We frequently adjust daily production to be aligned with market demand,” Jones said. “Focus RS demand around the globe has exceeded expectations, so these 220 customer units that were scheduled for 16MY build, are now going to be rescheduled into 17MY, and as these orders will be prioritized, customers will experience almost no delay in delivery of their vehicle.”

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

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  • Bill

    Ford is not used to making a car with any real demand, sadly.