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Ford has said all along that its hotly anticipated Fiesta would arrive in dealerships this summer, but an Automotive News report shows that some customers are getting a bit anxious waiting for their new ride. Production copies of the B-Segment compact have been churning out of The Blue Oval's Cuautitlán, Mexico plant since May, and dealers around the country have been placing significant orders for the heavily marketed vehicle. Dealers have even taken cash down payments for over 2,000 Fiestas, with tens of thousands of additional hand-raisers waiting in the wings.

So what's the problem? It appears that some customers thought their Fiesta would have already arrived by now. The Fiesta Facebook page even has customers that are none too pleased with the fact that they haven't yet taken delivery on their little sedan or hatchback. At least one dealer reportedly told AN off the record that he was under the impression that he would already have some Fiestas in stock right now, and that the vehicle hasn't yet been cleared for shipping.

Does that mean that there is some sort of quality issue holding up the launch? Not according to Ford spokesperson Angie Kozleski, who insists that the launch is going according to plan. Kozleski points out that customers have several different ways to check the progress of their vehicle, including a reservations call center and a reservations hotline. Kozleski reportedly told AN that it takes up to three weeks for the vehicles to get from Cuautitlán to the U.S. border, and that vehicles will begin hitting dealerships in the "next several weeks," so if you have one on order, sit tight.


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[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]Is the Ford Fiesta a late arrival, or on time? Either way, customers are getting antsy originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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I can honestly say I am one of the buyers with ants. Mostly because there seems to be some issues with them giving ETA's and its not the dealers' fault because I called the Fiesta hotline a week or two ago and was given the same date and when I called yesterday 6/17, I was told the dates are bound to change. Well my week is 6.28 and if it takes 3 weeks to get here then the date is already wrong, and Ford needs to update these dates. I think Ford is doing something wrong and it just seems rude to hype this car up and then drop the ball on the pre-order customer eta dates. I was hoping to drive it on vacation but it seems to be that I will be driving the Milan to Maine.
 

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So whats going on with Ford? they have been singing this fiesta song for years!! Personally, I am waiting for Aveo and then, I will compare the two, but the Focus looks just so great!!
I can honestly say I am one of the buyers with ants. Mostly because there seems to be some issues with them giving ETA's and its not the dealers' fault because I called the Fiesta hotline a week or two ago and was given the same date and when I called yesterday 6/17, I was told the dates are bound to change. Well my week is 6.28 and if it takes 3 weeks to get here then the date is already wrong, and Ford needs to update these dates. I think Ford is doing something wrong and it just seems rude to hype this car up and then drop the ball on the pre-order customer eta dates. I was hoping to drive it on vacation but it seems to be that I will be driving the Milan to Maine.
 

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So whats going on with Ford? they have been singing this fiesta song for years!! Personally, I am waiting for Aveo and then, I will compare the two, but the Focus looks just so great!!
that ^ is exactly what I'm thinking, Volvo_S70


plus maybe the little Buick** that's coming - tho I'm kind of confused as to exactly what it will be


** saw a post yesterday that the name "Verano" is Not confirmed


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forgot to say imho this is a stupid article:
FoMoCo has the most careful launches of ANY Mfg
so
when a new model comes out we won't know exactly when it will get to the dealers
BUT
we know it will be a FLAWLESS as humanly possible
OTOH
I wish FoMoCo was better at communicating with customers - but from what I've read, they're much better than in the past
 
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