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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#211 of 712 Ford Escape in San Diego County
Nov 02, 2007 (10:24 pm)
On 10/29 I bought an Escape Hybrid from North County Ford in Vista, CA. I contacted their Costco auto buying program contact because I saw on Forddirect.com that they had the exact model I wanted in stock. The local Costco price is $500 over invoice. I called and found out that the one I had my eye on had just been sold. However, the saleman stated that if I was willing to go with something he had in stock, he would sell to me for invoice. I agreed and picked up a 2008 Escape Hybrid (Oxford White) with the following features: 1) Premium Hybrid Package 2) 6 Disc CD/MP3 player 3) Integrated side step bars. The sale price was $26,363.68. The factory invoice was dated 9/25/07. Great buying experience as the salesman was very friendly. It was a stark contrast to just a couple of months ago when I walked into Kearny Mesa Ford in San Diego and saw that they had only one Hybrid in stock and they had added a "market adjustment" right next to the sticker that added several thousand to the asking price.
#212 of 712 Re: FORD DEMONSTRATES WHY IT DOESN'T PAY TO GO GREEN [mecheng1]
Nov 04, 2007 (6:54 am)
I ordered my 2008 Escape Hybrid from Hawthorne Ford in Belmont, North Carolina in early June. Delivery was scheduled for mid-August, but it had not arrived by mid-October. They could not give me a VIN number, or any information at all about when it would be scheduled to be manufactured. In fact, they could not even say if I would ever get the car. I demanded and received a refund of my $1,000 non-refundable deposit and cancelled the order.
With such high demand why doesn't Ford increase their manufacturing schedule?
#214 of 712 RE: #212 Why Ford doesn't increase their production
Nov 04, 2007 (2:22 pm)
Because "Ford has a better idea"------They are waiting until there is a flood of hybrids placed on the market by other manufacturers, (which will be pretty soon), then there won't be such a demand for the hybrid Escape, and they won't need to increase production.
For Ford it's too much bother and makes too much sense to increase production when demand is high. They will float along like they have for the past year and sell off assets. It's easier that way. And besides, their mgt employees are tired from negotiating contracts with the Unions. They don't have time to bother with things that could make them profitable, especially no brainer ideas like producing more of a product whose current demand far exceeds its supply.
I'm sure you've heard of the farmers saying of "making hay while the sun is shinnin". Well, Fords idea is to take a snooze while the sun is shinnin. Like I said, it's easier that way.
#215 of 712 Re: FORD DEMONSTRATES WHY IT DOESN'T PAY TO GO GREEN [sampsr]
Nov 05, 2007 (5:41 am)
I hear that some cities like New York are going to start using Escpae Hybrids as Taxis instead of gas guzzling gas-only models. It may be that Ford is working on satisfying that demand, which would be substantial, and not able to meet individual demands of single vehicle customers. Only a thought since I don't have any specific information, but surely if it was true they would let dealers know.
#216 of 712 '08 in Albuquerque
Nov 19, 2007 (10:43 am)
No one has added anything to this thread in a couple of weeks, but I'll add my experience anyway. Rich Ford in Albuquerque had 6 FEH's as of last Friday when I purchased mine (Z plan). I searched online inventory in NM and CO, and only a few dealers had any at all (of those, most have one or two).
#217 of 712 Re: '08 in Albuquerque [pblemel]
Nov 19, 2007 (12:08 pm)
Thats crazy...I dont think there is a single one in Illinois.
#218 of 712 RE: #212 Why Ford doesn't increase their production [rnarg]
Nov 20, 2007 (11:12 am)
I placed my order for a FEH last week. I was told my an associate in their Internet Sales Dept. that Ford had ran out of a battery component. This resulted in them ending production prematurely this year. He went on to say that they were not scheduled to resume production on 2008 FEH's until January '09. Car salesmen being car salesmen, I am not sure how accurate that is, but it sounds plausible. He checked the number of FEH's in FL, GA and AL to see if he could find one with the features I wanted....there was less than 70 FEH's total in all three states and only 17 in the state of FL. Good Luck.
#219 of 712 RE: #212 Why Ford doesn't increase their production [flafeh]
Nov 20, 2007 (2:13 pm)
They are going to build 2008 models in 2009? Thats insane.
I heard at a dealer just today,that most of the hybrids go to the East and West coasts.
#220 of 712 RE: #212 Why Ford doesn't increase their production [mickeyrom]
Nov 26, 2007 (2:51 pm)
I think that is a typo; they are resuming 2008 production this January (2008).