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#17120 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [sdcal2]
Nov 09, 2012 (5:17 am)
All I know is that I have seen one (1) 2013 Fusion on the road. One. It was beautiful in "Deep Impact Blue" (looked it up on Ford site). I would not have named the paint on an unproven model after a horrific disastrous explosion, but that is just me....
I live in the DC metro area and seeing only one new Fusion strikes me as weird. I mean there are 3 large Ford dealers within 5 miles of my house. So, where are all the Fusions indeed!? There are over a million people in my County alone. Only one dude bought one?
I know it is part of a recall, but that can also work in the dealers favor. Limited availability can and will drive up the price as long as the dealer can keep recall activity quiet.
It is a very desirable car. It looks like an Aston in the front, a Jag from the side, and has a Volvo-esque dash layout. None of that will help it though if it is seen as a problem car , especially for the price Ford has set.
I am pulling for Ford. It will kill them if this car isn't awesome.
#17121 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [sdcal2]
Nov 09, 2012 (5:29 am)
The Mexican built cars were recalled over dispute of what "Optional Package order" means....
Ford insists that it does not mean to pack the car with cocaine.
#17122 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [akirby]
Nov 09, 2012 (9:32 am)
I live close to the Flat Rock plant. They are building a lot of additional facilities there. When finished, they will continue the Mustang build and add the Fusion and Lincoln MKS. I will try to find out about vehicles being sent there to have parts added. I am beginning to see some Fusions here. On the Titanium, the engine is made in Spain. I was not crazy about that idea.
#17123 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [temj12]
Nov 09, 2012 (9:53 am)
Interested to just how many show up at Flat Rock. Here is the weird part about this launch. It's coming on two months now. I live in the L.A. area and commute every day to to San Diego and drive my territory then back to L.A. About 300 miles per day. I have never seen one new Fusion and yes I've been looking. I have seen what feels like 10,000 new 2012 models. How is it that what Ford believes will be their biggest sale vehicle and Camery killer is nowhere to be found? 99% of the 2012 are gone off the lots near me. What are they selling???
#17124 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [sdcal2]
Nov 09, 2012 (10:57 am)
It's a controlled launch just like all other Ford launches. The vehicles will trickle in for the next few weeks.
#17125 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [akirby]
Nov 09, 2012 (11:12 am)
Okay now you're just reaching. This is a non exitance launch. After the other two vehicles were launched they were everywhere and on TV. Go to the Ford web site and no picture proudly displayed like the Focus and Fusion. Nothing Nothing Nothing
#17126 of 18428 I got my Hybrid
Nov 09, 2012 (5:25 pm)
I got a call from my dealer in the San Fernando Valley Wednesday and I was able to pick up my Fusion Hybrid yesterday. Everyone on this board is going to be very happy when you get your vehicle. When I pulled into work this morning, the first question was "Is that a BMW?". In my opinion, any concerns expressed in the reviews are non-issues. Brakes are great, trunk room is very good, no problem with front end clearance, etc. The Sync and MyFord Touch are easy to use. Any feature that is different (like the turn indicator) is easily adapted to. I had to drive 205 miles to get the car, so I had that amount of time with my Fusion on the drive home last night. I drove it aggressively after the first 30 miles and was at 73 mph most of the time, even up long, steep grades (I don't use speed control). This was hard on the mpg: I only got 32 mpg for the trip. This was disappointing, but the car only had three miles on it and I'm sure needs some breaking in. It appears the green leaves don't like speeds over 65 mph.
The car is very quiet, even when the engine was working hard going up steep grades. Regular acceleration is good, not great, but acceleration at higher speeds is very good. The key takes some getting used to. It is narrow and knowing the right orientation for inserting it doesn't come naturally. The windshield wipers are hinged at the outer edges of the windshield and keep it entirely clear except for the area behind the rearview mirror. Their offset motion is surprising at first.
Mine is White Platinum with a Dune leather interior (if only black was available I wouldn't have bought it), with the Luxury and Technology package. I also got the Moonroof and the Luxury wheels. I highly recommend all these options, especially the wheels. My only real complaint now is I think the Owner's Manual is poorly done. It has very few pictures and seems to have been written by Microsoft with an almost useless index.
I placed my order with my closest dealer back in September. They didn't even give me a build date until this past Wednesday. 12 days ago, the web site of the dealer in Woodland Hills listed that they had the exact same car (I feel extremely lucky for that) arriving last week. They had to hold it (for a reason nobody seems to know) until yesterday before I could drive it home.
#17127 of 18428 Re: Concerning the new 2013 Ford Fusion... [sdcal2]
Nov 09, 2012 (5:37 pm)
I'm not reaching - this is how Ford has launched vehicles for the last several years. There was a problem with one of the parts that has delayed some deliveries. Vehicles are being delivered as noted above.
#17128 of 18428 Vehicle launch issues.....
Nov 12, 2012 (6:50 am)
I remember a similar launch with the new Chevy Camaro. Almost everyone saw it in '07 Transformers movie.
However, It took 3 more years before they were on the road. Now they are quite common again.
So, again I believe that a cautious launch means extra $ margin's for the dealer and Ford, and if there IS a quality/TSB issue then a fix can be implemented before 2.5 million are on the road, like what happened to Toyota a year ago with a"unintentional acceleration" nonsense.
A similar accusation was levied against the 85-88 Audi 5000. It almost killed Audi....AND, I remember picking up an '87 5000 S for $1000 (to flip it). I was lucky to have only lost $50 on it.
It was a complete pile in every way.
Once again I have seen zero Fusions today.
#17129 of 18428 Daily Fusion Sighting Update...
Nov 13, 2012 (10:38 am)
No Fusion sighted. Zero (0) in DC. Zero (0) in Arlington.
Had errands to run. Lots of Focusssss's No Fusion's