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Old 07-28-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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Why it's so hard to find a Focus

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Old 07-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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2012 Ford Focus Sales Dashed By Component Problem: Report

By all accounts, the 2012 Ford Focus is a sales success. Just a few months after the car’s launch, it’s become the best-selling passenger car in Ford’s lineup, and inventory is often sold before it hits the dealer’s showroom. Still, Chevy sold 3,500 more units of its rival 2011 Chevrolet Cruze last month, and the Cruze assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio, is running three shifts to meet demand. Ford’s Focus assembly plant, in Wayne, Mich., is only running two shifts and is nowhere near capacity.

Why can’t Ford ramp up capacity to meet consumer demand? According to a report from the Associated Press, the holdup is with a component supplier that manufactures Focus dashboard assemblies. Machinery that produces the dashboard skin only functions on an intermittent basis, which is forcing the automaker to import parts from Europe to keep assembly lines functioning. Since dashboard assemblies are bulky components, importing them from Europe is a costly proposition that Ford wants to remediate as quickly as possible.

A fix for the existing hardware is under development, but a permanent solution has yet to be found. Ford spokesman Todd Nissen would neither confirm nor deny the issue, saying only that it’s Ford’s policy not to comment on internal workings at its plants.

The obvious fix would be to upgrade the machinery at the domestic supplier’s plant to match what’s being used in Europe, but we suspect that it’s not as simple as that. No matter what the underlying cause is, unless Ford can ramp up production of the Focus it’s likely that they’ll continue to lose sales ground to the Chevy Cruze. With Japanese automakers close to reaching pre-disaster capacities, selling the Focus isn’t going to get any easier in the near future.

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Old 07-28-2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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Ahh sorry wasn't sure if we were allowed to cut and paste or not. Some sites are very anal about that.
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Ahh sorry wasn't sure if we were allowed to cut and paste or not. Some sites are very anal about that.
You can, however you must cite the source with a link to the original source of the material.
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Good article...when Alan Mulally took charge, he switched Ford to the Toyota Production System, a system where the vehicles are made when they are ordered, rather than build up inventory of what people might order. Ford is producing slowly (i.e. the dashboard skin machine) to make sure quality is the best it can be, rather than as fast as it can be. This way they can make tweaks as they are working, rather than go back and fix after they have made a whole batch.

I studied the Toyota Production System in college (Accounting and Economics), it is used in many industries, and it is credited by Mr. Mulally for helping him turnaround Boeing while he was CEO there. One of the key elements is that they don't focus (pun!) on total numbers, rather than the quality of the individual product.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:58 PM   #6
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Why it's so hard to find a Focus...

Because you're looking on a Toyota lot. :)
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Darthenstein, i didn't know that. thanks. I thought they where still just producing the cars and selling them. i didn't know they where producing them when ordered. its smart.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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I'm not sure how smart that really is. People like me discovered the new Focus- who never thought about a Ford before. When I wen to buy one- I couldn't find one. Now I've been waiting over a month- finally ordered one which will now take at least another 6 weeks. Meanwhile I need a car and may soon have to turn away from Ford even though I really want the car.
Others in a similar situation may not even be willing to wait as long as I did and move on to other options even quicker. There are plenty of cars out there. Do I think Focus is the best option right now, yes! Can everyone wait months to get one? Probably not.
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6 weeks to order is actually a very short time frame. Plan ahead dude!
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Well that might be smart from production/quality standpoint....what really puzzles me is why they don't realize that they should tuck away at least 1 Focus @ each dealer for (temporarily) LOOKING AT ONLY...IN the A/C'd showroom.............could even not let people test drive it. But at least when they went by the dealer they could SEE one....
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