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Feb 02, 2011 (2:06 pm)
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#2960 of 3084 MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!!
Nov 15, 2012 (3:14 pm)
Where the hell are the tests of the soon-to-be released 2013 MKZ? Maybe they should call it a 2014?
#2961 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [gregg_vw]
Nov 15, 2012 (5:02 pm)
I gave up ... With all the hype you would expect the 2013 MKZ to hit the street no later than August. Suspect there must be some production and / or labor problems in Mexico. I traded my 2008 MKZ for a 2103 Lexus ES. I am gone from Lincoln for good...
#2962 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [jerrys2]
Nov 15, 2012 (6:13 pm)
Production was always scheduled for October and it takes a few weeks to get production up and running and get the cars delivered.
#2963 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [akirby]
Nov 16, 2012 (7:19 am)
Yes, I know I can count on you for a response, but this time your answer seems to indicate that you do not know the answer. If production began in October, and this is now mid-November, you would think someone somewhere would have driven an example by now. Anyway, embargo or no, we ought to be seeing some press soon, or the model might as well become a 2014...as long as sales begin after January 1, that designation is allowed. Hey, wouldn't it be great if the delay was to add something to the design or equipment not announced so far?
#2964 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [gregg_vw]
Nov 16, 2012 (5:09 pm)
Ford has been using the same intro procedure for several years now so this isn't anything new. They start building new vehicles and hold them for inspection until the plant builds for 5 consecutive days without a flaw. Could be one week - could be 6 weeks. Depends. The point is it's open ended and even Ford doesn't know how long it will be before they start shipping. In conjunction with a launch like this they provide the press with vehicles to drive but they embargo the reports until closer to the vehicle actually arriving at dealers and to allow the monthly magazines a chance to get their report out around the same time as the online stuff.
I presume the Fusion delays have also had an impact on mkZ production but nobody has come out and said that yet.
No idea why the mkz debut was so late in the year but I suspect it was due to the Fusion launch as well - not wanting to do both at the same time.
#2965 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [akirby]
Nov 17, 2012 (5:05 am)
Assume most manufactures have the same quality control policy procedures in place. But why all the hype so early in the year and on the net as well. Seems like they could have coordinated Fusion release if necessary. Love my Lexus ES and the dealership envionment. If MKZ is to save the Lincoln brand Ford should reconsider upgrading dealerships many of whom seem to more devoted to truck sales ... If I wanted to purchase an entry level luxury car would I go to a Ford dealership? If you are considering the Lincoln check out a Lexus dealership ... What a contrast!
#2966 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [jerrys2]
Nov 17, 2012 (7:34 am)
This was the scheduled release. It was always planned for October.
I'm not aware of other mfrs using an open ended ship date. I believe most if not all do pre builds and inspections but I don't think they have the 5 consecutive day requirement with no specific end date to start shipping. It does make it frustrating for people waiting for the vehicles to arrive but it also ensures the best possible quality once they do start shipping.
I guess you missed all the reports of the Lincoln dealership overhauls. They're targeting stand alone buildings with a luxury experience similar to Lexus. 80% of the Lincoln dealers are investing at least a million bucks to do that. But Rome wasn't built in a day - give them a couple of years to get there.
#2967 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [akirby]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:07 am)
Yes I did miss upgrade info. No evidence anything underway here in Western Massachusetts. Perhaps they put the cart before the horse. I any event I wish Ford well, I loved my MKZ.
#2968 of 3084 Re: MKZ! Hello??? Time to surface!! [jerrys2]
Nov 17, 2012 (6:25 pm)
Not every dealer has signed up and only a few have already started the changes. They're taking it slow and getting the details and the plan right rather than rushing it. Hopefully it works.