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So from what I've been reading, the remaining orders for the Ford Focus RS for 2016 are being cancelled and moved to the next model year. This could result in months of delays for consumers that have placed their orders.

Apparently a Ford representative said the reasoning for this is "Economic turmoil in Europe" following up with the Saarlouis plant as forced to shut down, thus limiting and the production volume.

Ford representative Dan Jones confirms 220 orders were cancelled :

“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.”
Anyone here get affected by this ?
 

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So 220 people are out of luck until next year. According to the truth about cars, Dan Jones said " 220 orders were cancelled simply because Ford couldn’t keep up with demand before a planned summer factory shutdown."

He also said "customers will experience almost no delay in delivery of their vehicle.” So maybe people will still get their Focus RS around the time they were originally supposed to receive delivery?
 

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So 220 people are out of luck until next year. According to the truth about cars, Dan Jones said " 220 orders were cancelled simply because Ford couldn’t keep up with demand before a planned summer factory shutdown."

He also said "customers will experience almost no delay in delivery of their vehicle.” So maybe people will still get their Focus RS around the time they were originally supposed to receive delivery?
It would be good to think that the 220 customers getting the MY17 cars would get a different/uprated spec. I don't understand what the changes would be for the new spec cars. In Europe the only upgrade would be SYNC2 TO SYNC3. What changes do you think they would do to a US spec car?
 

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So 220 people are out of luck until next year. According to the truth about cars, Dan Jones said " 220 orders were cancelled simply because Ford couldn’t keep up with demand before a planned summer factory shutdown."

He also said "customers will experience almost no delay in delivery of their vehicle.” So maybe people will still get their Focus RS around the time they were originally supposed to receive delivery?
Lol now we have contradicting Dan Jones statements... gotta love the media :|
 

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If Ford is having an in-factory recall, then Pointby may have to wait longer for his RS even though his was built this week. As for people who already owns a RS, are there any overheating problems?
 

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That's really weird. But do you think they would be blaming it on the factory shut down or whatever just so they don't have to come out and say directly that it's due to an in-factory recall ?

Kind of like a cover up thing
 

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how we can know if our order are cancel for 2016 ?
 

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I have just found on the Web that one possible reason Ford is pushing for the MY17 RS is to overcome an issue with the GKN AWD unit. All MY17 cars will be fitted with a different unit to overcome the overheating problems.


Follow this link to read more http://www.autoevolution.com/news/ford-cancelling-2016-focus-rs-orders-to-move-to-2017my-delivery-delays-rumored-109842.html
Ok, so I read the article, now what? If I have a VIN and build date will it be a 16 or 17? Who knows for sure? I can not tell from the VIN (WF0DP3TH7G411xxxx) what year its except the 7 in the VIN might mean it is a 2017.
 

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Ok, so I read the article, now what? If I have a VIN and build date will it be a 16 or 17? Who knows for sure? I can not tell from the VIN (WF0DP3TH7G411xxxx) what year its except the 7 in the VIN might mean it is a 2017.

The 10th character of the VIN indicates the year.

G=2016
H=2017
 

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Production is scheduled for the week of Sept 16 according to @FordService and Mathew Sylvester who is the assistant marketing manager for - Ford Focus.
 

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Production is scheduled for the week of Sept 16 according to @FordService and Mathew Sylvester who is the assistant marketing manager for - Ford Focus.
Interesting , I thought all cars manufactured in September after the factory summer shutdown were classified as MY17. I was told last week my car is a MY17 build and is shown on the Ford computer system as being upgraded to SYNC3, the first the dealer had seen confirmed on an RS Focus for the UK. The only small problem is the build date is still months off, ordered it four months ago. Good thing is the UK is nearer to the factory than the US so delivery maybe quicker.
 

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Interesting , I thought all cars manufactured in September after the factory summer shutdown were classified as MY17. I was told last week my car is a MY17 build and is shown on the Ford computer system as being upgraded to SYNC3, the first the dealer had seen confirmed on an RS Focus for the UK. The only small problem is the build date is still months off, ordered it four months ago. Good thing is the UK is nearer to the factory than the US so delivery maybe quicker.
On that point about the factory (sorry to go off topic a bit) but hopefully we see some UK member here stop by the factory, with the passion around this thing, that's bound to happen at one point.
 

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Interesting , I thought all cars manufactured in September after the factory summer shutdown were classified as MY17. I was told last week my car is a MY17 build and is shown on the Ford computer system as being upgraded to SYNC3, the first the dealer had seen confirmed on an RS Focus for the UK. The only small problem is the build date is still months off, ordered it four months ago. Good thing is the UK is nearer to the factory than the US so delivery maybe quicker.
There are a bunch of 2016s being built til mid September. Unfortunately, mine was cancelled and still have not heard of an update on the resubmission. I hope to have another confirmed order within 2 weeks to get priority build from the 2016.
 
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