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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
Feb 03, 2005 (3:01 pm)
You have to read this article:
"It's off to a good start. The 2005 midsize Mercury Montego is in short supply without offering rebates, and more than 40 percent of its buyers traded in a non-Ford product, mostly Japanese imports. The sedan, available in front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive, the latter a feature the Japanese don't offer in their sedans, replaces the Mercury Sable. Even Lincoln-Mercury President Darryl Hazel is a bit overwhelmed with Montego's success."
#2279 of 3623 Re: Montegos success [savetheland]
Feb 04, 2005 (11:32 am)
I read the article as directed. Actually, I was one of the car owners trading in my Japanese import for the 05 Montego AWD. Without knowing this story beforehand, I wrote a comment defending the Montego. (Please see my comment, #18 on Prices Paid & Buying Expense.)
I predict the Montego/Ford 500 will be a great success, especially the AWD version. With further upgrades/options, which I am sure Ford/Mercury will make in the coming years, a lot more import car owners will switch to them. These upgrades/options would include, but not necessarily limited to, a 3.5L engine with more horse power, a navigation system, antenna on the windshield, lock on the gas refill cap, real wood trim, etc. As long as the price stays competitive (around $35000 with the upgrades), people will buy this car. Don't be so sure this car is only for older people (I am 62). My son, at age 23, also loved this car at first sight.
It is about time for the domestic cars to reclaim at least some of the market shares that they lost years ago. With your help, we will get the job done.
Feb 04, 2005 (2:20 pm)
I hope that the Five Hundred/Montego are successful, but so far the sales seem disappointing. The industry analysts were questioning Ford in a conference call earlier this week about when the sales pace of these cars will pick up.
Feb 04, 2005 (7:56 pm)
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953
Now, remembering that, this is what you wrote,
"The new Passat appears to be a nice car and certainly an improvement over recent Ford products, but it certainly doesn't have any of the characteristics of the savior of a company."
You don't even call is by its name. You say its a Passat. If the 500 is a passat then a Civic is a full size pickup. Look, if you don't like Ford, then good, don't write in these forums, buy Japanese. In fact, live in Japan, you'll see its a verry different, and not so bright a place. But that's Okay, ignorance is bliss.
Ford represents many of the things that are good about America, and it needs saving. Fords taxes pay for many of the governmnet programs that "yuppies" cheer for in theire civics.
If we don't understand what makes us great, we will never be great. I'm sorry but your last post really struck a chord.
This is a good company, this is a great car. Sooner or later features will be added, many are in the works, its selling without rebates. The only reason you hate this car (and you do, since you know enough about its name to log on to the forums yet can't remember it when you have to post) its that its produced by the country that produced you.
Feb 04, 2005 (8:07 pm)
I'm not sure if outside links are allowed to be posted.
To give everyone the CLiff Notes version, there's a lesson Lexus/Toyota has learned from BMW. And that is, to improve the vehicles, add options, improve engines, upgrades, as the vehicle ages. This way, it'll always keep the vehicle fresh and something to keep customer's interest, as the vehicle ages.
Again, BMW has done this for awhile. Toyota/Lexus is now interested in following the same route. Ford has done this for quite awhile but "GASP", they are negatively critisized for it.
I'm interested in seeing how the media spins this in a positive light for Toyota/Lexus, 2-3 years along the line.
#2283 of 3623 Re: Montegos success [savetheland]
Feb 04, 2005 (9:23 pm)
This article is puzzling, to put it mildly. They claim the Montego is in short supply and selling without rebates, yet they have yet to sell even 1,500 in a month -- a tiny number for a mainstream family sedan. If this is true, then Ford anticipated pathetic sales and only built a few of the things. I don't buy it.
Feb 05, 2005 (1:27 am)
The 500/Montego wasn't ment to sell at a 20K a month pace. It's part of a sedan strategy that picks up sales from Taurus would be buyer's who need something a bit bigger without the huge wasteful porportions of a Crown Vic. While the new Fusion picks up the other remaider.
Not to mention the back-up of vehicles still at the factory parking lot being fine combed through before released to make sure everything is perfect.
#2285 of 3623 Re: [ANT14]
Feb 05, 2005 (9:32 am)
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There is nothing wrong with linking to other publicly accessible articles no matter where they are.
#2286 of 3623 Five Hundred Sales
Feb 05, 2005 (11:25 am)
January was an absolutely horrible month for retail new cars. Ford was down year over year by over 12% (i think alot of truck sales were pulled foward into Dec 2004)
In a bad sales month, we sold more Five Hundreds than in any previous month. It really feels now like people know about the car and are interested.
I previousl wished that Ford cars gave you the same feeling that Ford Trucks. The feeling that this is the best vehicle like this out on the road.
We recently had a big snow storm and had to move all the cars on our lot to plow. This is always a bad experience because in the cold and with cars sitting sometimes for months without being moved, you can imagine how many cars have to be jumped.
That being said, we moved over thirty F-150s, only one had to be jumped. (someone left a door ajar).
Freestars and Tauruses were the worse.
The Five Hundreds and Freestyles were fine, but they haven't been on the lot for months yet.
The Five-Hundred actually feels like it was made by the same company as the F-150. I just hope this proves to be the case.
Feb 06, 2005 (1:32 pm)
Very good to hear-I have high hopes for this car turning Ford's car reputation around again. A truly good car is the only thing that can do that.