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Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

JULY 11, 2012
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When Ford premiered the all-new 2013 Fusion sedan at the Detroit Motor Show this past January, the Blue Oval also released two images of the car's European sibling, the next Mondeo in pre-production form.
At the time, Ford told us that the new Mondeo would go on sale across Europe at the end of the first quarter of 2013. But that won’t be happening as Ford has postponed the production start at its Genk plant in Belgium for up to three months, according to a report from Autonews Europe.

Ford originally planned to roll out the first new Mondeo from its Genk facility on April 6, 2013, following a world premiere of the final production model at the Paris Motor Show this fall.

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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

well that told me nothing

can anyone with better knowledge of auto manufacturing clue me in?

as far as I can tell...
...maybe someone input measurements in inches
and if the mistake wasn't caught the Mondeo would've been only 6.2 feet long
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well that told me nothing

can anyone with better knowledge of auto manufacturing clue me in?

as far as I can tell...
...maybe someone input measurements in inches
and if the mistake wasn't caught the Mondeo would've been only 6.2 feet long
My guess is that Europe couldn't decide in time the specifications/ options for the vehicle. With serving over 50 countries, so in EU and some not, and could see why.

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My guess is that Europe couldn't decide in time the specifications/ options for the vehicle. With serving over 50 countries, so in EU and some not, and could see why.
oh ok
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hmm...

wonder if they might stick a 1.ΨEB in the Mondeo for those countries that are about to go bankrupt?
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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

2013 Ford Mondeo delayed
Originally due in March, now September
Delay results from 'quality issue'

Production of the 2013 Ford Mondeo has been delayed by three months, meaning it isn't due on sale in the UK until September 2013 at the earliest. The most recent on-sale date was said to be June.

'The key thing is to make sure it [Mondeo] goes on sale in 2013,' said a Ford spokesman. 'We are looking at a three-month delay, with September a good time to hit the ground running with a new car.'

The new Mondeo is a 'world car' and shares much with the American Ford Fusion that was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit motor show and is due on sale by the end of 2012.

There are changes for the European model, which will be built at the company's plant in Genk, Belgium. The delay, said Ford’ spokesman, is down to resolving quality issues for the European market.

‘We have a complex global vehicle programme, and we have to sort issues with the vehicle’s robustness and quality that would not be met with the original timings,’ he continued.

To make up for the delay, Ford said it will continue selling the current Mondeo, but has not decided how it will cover the gap. It will either stockpile versions of the existing car, or continue production longer than previously planned.

Despite the production delay, Ford maintains that it will show a finished version of the Mondeo at the 2012 Paris motor show in September. Prices will not be set until next year, but are expected to remain similar to the current starting point of £18,100.

Ford has a busy model-launch schedule over the end of this year and the start of 2013, so the delay may well come in handy.

‘We have the Kuga arriving in December/January, and the Fiesta face-lift coming at about the same time,’ said the spokesman. ‘The Fiesta ST will follow in spring 2013.’

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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

^ Thanks, MKII

I usually try to take announcements with a grain of salt
+ read between the lines...

...this sounds like a supplier(s) issue to me
but I'm still thinking 'EEKonomy'
so
could it be that Fomoco expects some of their originally-chosen suppliers to be out of business by launch-time & has to arrange back-ups???
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I'm still wondering if Fomoco will find a way to have a base model BELOW the pricepoint of the current Mondeo
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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

via MKII posting a Belgian article

"Mondeo to roll of the production line at Genk. Production will commence on 14 October 2013"

x 390 days
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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

now I'm wondering if the (main?) reason Ford delayed the Mondeo was to keep everything "in play" until they decided how to handle Genk & other Euro Mfg'ing plants' capacity?

BELGIUM: Ford to inject $980m into Genk for three models to 2014 - Just-Auto.com
Author: Simon Warburton | 19 September 2012


Ford Genk's largest union says the US automaker will pump EUR750m-EUR800m (US$979m) into the plant in an 18-month programme that will see the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy models built in Belgium.

News of the decision to award all three vehicles to Genk came from a meeting this morning (19 September) with new Ford vice president manufacturing for Ford of Europe, Jeff Wood and caps a period of fevered speculation that has seen rumours none, part or all of the models would be continued at the plant...

...The socialist ABVV union represents between 17,000 and 18,000 metalworkers in Belgium.

The labour body adds it has agreed to deliver 12% savings costs - an achievement that has already been in place for the past year and a half.
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Re: Homologation and Other Problems Delay New Ford Mondeo Production Start in Europe

Actually the funds were allocated to Genk back in June

Flanders (Belgium) and Ford invest in new Mondeo car model
27 jun 2012 | Source: De Standaard
The government of Flanders has agreed to grant EUR 28.1 million in strategic support to carmaker Ford to build/(assemble) the new Mondeo model at its production unit in Genk, Flanders.
Recently, Ford announced its plans to invest heavily in the production of the new Mondeo model in Genk. Total investment is estimated at EUR 785 million over the next two years. Production is set to start in April next year.
According to Minister-President of Flanders Kris Peeters, the investment decision only relates to the first stage of Ford’s renewals in Genk. “We still have to decide on state funding for the S-Max and Galaxy car models.” Ford Genk and the government of Flanders have made an agreement whereby the plant has guaranteed employment until 2020.
http://www.investinflanders.be/EN/ne...257A2A0029EE17

The Belgium government issued this below statement September 14, prior to Ford HQ confirming Genk Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy future assembly.
The 28 million euros was to be the first instalment of the 58 million euros that the Flemish authorities has promised to the assembly plant in Genk and the test centre in Lommel.
http://www.mediargus.be/flanderstoda...ss&language=en

My take about the delay or one of the issues, is for Ford Europe to add some robustness to the new Mondeo. I don't want to insult the new Fusion, but to meet European expectations many elements need to be beefed up to be able to play against the competition.

In America it is almost the opposite that has to happen, with each part being engineered down to meet the price point to get these cars to a point of affordability + make a profit.
When I was in Spain at the Focus Global Test Drive event. Ford had both MAP and Saarlouis built Focus, myself and my friend Alex went over these cars with a fine tooth comb. The changes to bits and pieces are as plan as day to see, and this is just the stuff that is on the surface and easy to see.
It is a cost issue and done so Ford North America can build those cars, sell at a competitive price, and still make a profit. Whereas Ford Europe just to compete in the market has to make sure each car meets the customers expectations and equal its competition.
In other words over engineered.

I wish someone would interview Gunnar Herrmann now that he is the Vice President of Quality, Ford of Europe (previously vehicle line director, Global C-Segment Vehicles, Ford Product Development) to see what he has to say about the delay. Gunnar is not one to be wishy washy when interviewed.

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