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Good to hear.

I still think the real Job one was in the last two weeks but today was the first day they could get all the corporate muckety-mucks down to Mexico for a ceremony.

So, they are building probably a few hundred a week now, but many people here still don't have a build date. If they aren't building these cars for us, who are they building them for?
 

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So, they are building probably a few hundred a week now, but many people here still don't have a build date. If they aren't building these cars for us, who are they building them for?
From what my reservation specialist told me today the first 600 that the dealers are claiming that they are getting for stock aren't going to be sold they are just so people can see the car and drive it. Then theses same cars will be the ones used for crash and EPA testing. The people that have reserved a vehicle are the ones that will get them first before dealer stock shows up but we will see what happens.
 

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Powershift,

There is a red SE in there with a Light Stone interior. You can barely make it out through the window glass glare. It's the window sticker car you referred to.
 

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The Houston newspaper says the plant capacity is 180,000 Fiestas per year. Allowing for two weeks of downtime they should be able to build about 3,600 per week once they get up to full speed.
 

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I can assume perhaps at the dealer I know many cases can allow you to order a custom car. Say one with different interior than what is shown on the website.
 

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Good to hear.

I still think the real Job one was in the last two weeks but today was the first day they could get all the corporate muckety-mucks down to Mexico for a ceremony.

So, they are building probably a few hundred a week now, but many people here still don't have a build date. If they aren't building these cars for us, who are they building them for?
I noticed that some agents in the fiesta movement 2 has their cars swapped with US spec cars on Monday. So production did not just start this week, obviously. This was just a media event for marketing hype.
 

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The Houston newspaper says the plant capacity is 180,000 Fiestas per year. Allowing for two weeks of downtime they should be able to build about 3,600 per week once they get up to full speed.
Wall Street Journal says they'll be at this pace by the end of the month. At that point they'll certainly be done with the reported allotment of 3000 for the 600 dealers. Then they'll have 1600 reserved cars which they could build in less than a week.
 

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If that is correct, we could see our researved cars at the end of June. Not really going to complain about that!
 

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No, it says 40 meter / gram
No, its 40 Miles per gallon. the line above it is 17 KM/Lt - Kilometers per litre. you seen in some reviews that they observed over 40 MPG, should see something more official about this in future.
 

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No, its 40 Miles per gallon. the line above it is 17 KM/Lt - Kilometers per litre. you seen in some reviews that they observed over 40 MPG, should see something more official about this in future.
DUH! :rolleyes:

(but the SI system states that m = metre, not Mile and g = gram, not Gallon. Then again, the US, along with Liberia and Burma (!) are the only countries in the world not to observe the International System of Units)
 

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One the Window Sticker showing shows EPA testing has occured and that is what the EPA says unless we see a close up of the sticker that says otherwise. Two Mexico is on the Metric System not US Standard System as Marc pointed out. Unless one of us can see video of the speech and speak fluent Spanish. Third and foremost, automagazines who got higher figures than 40mpg were probably driving at highly conservative speeds of 60 mph and below. I can almost squeeze 40 mpg out of my ST Focus if I drive 55 mph, and more if you go slower. Fourth on the matter of the EPA's mileage figures the insterstate national average is now 75 mph so figure doing roughly the national average you're going to lose fuel mileage since modern day cars are most fuel efficient at 65/70 mph once above that fuel mileage begins to drop. Also the grade of gasoline used is another determining factor, using an E10 blend of fuel will cause a drop in fuel mileage as well. These are determinate factors the EPA uses in figuring up their fuel milage and usually they put a small disclaimer under the mileage that it will vary to as little as say 35 mpg to 45 mpg on the interstate highways. The EPA does extensive fuel milage testing in all conditions of clear days, windy days, rainy days, and snowy days. So I would say what the window sticker says will most like be the average we'll see. Some of us will get higher, some of us will get lower.
 

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I am interested in it hitting the 40mpg mark on the EPA tests because that is a marketing sweetspot. I'd love to see Fiestas and segment-B class cars become mainstream. Smaller cars with better fuel economy are better for us all in many ways. :)
 

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Actually the tests are run on a dyno under controlled conditions to take out some of the variables you noted. Test changed in '06 for '08 and beyond models to reflect use of AC, cold temps, etc. so you shouldn't compare an 07 vehicle rating to an 08.

So when you see a 2011 vehicle with a rating of say 40 highway it's even better than an 07 with a similar rating.
 
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