1.) Does Ford break down how many Transits are bought off the lot as opposed to built-to-order?
2.) Do these figures (about a thousand vehicles a month) include the van, wagon and cut-away models combined?
3.) Are Transits that are built and then sit con dealer lots included in the "sold" figures?
No, they are not usually counted until leased or sold.
4.) At these relatively low sales figures, why does it take months from order to delivery?
This is a brand new product line for US Ford and there are literally hundreds of option choices. Plus, around the beginning of Transit production Ford dumped the Microsoft-based MyTouch operating system and is changing to a Blackberry QNX-based operating system.
5.) What is the monthly capacity of the Kansas City assembly plant?
When production began, Ford announced assembly would begin at 397 vehicles assembled per shift. We don't know how many vehicles per shift are being assembled at this time.
6.) Finally, it is my understanding that one big bottleneck is the transportation from KC to the dealer. Why then don't they allow customers to pick up their vehicles at the factory. Teamsters? Dealers who want to justify the $995 delivery charge? Something else?
Yes, transportation to the dealers has been a PIA. You can order a Transit to be picked up at a KC-area dealer. You cannot avoid the delivery charge, however. Ford charges $995 to deliver to KC or to Anchorage or Honolulu.