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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Just letting everyone know the situation with Transit orders as far as if your Transit is built or is just in the order system waiting for scheduling.

If your Transit has been built and is showing on the dealers Vehicle Visibility as 'RELEASED' that means it is off the plant lot and should be in motion for getting to the transportation yard for distribution to the local delivery lot or to the Kansas City Regional Distribution Center where it is loaded on a rail car and distributed all over the USA to your local Regional Distribution Center where it is offloaded and then transported to your local dealer.

If your order is showing 'IN PRODUCTION' it is in the assembly process so it is probably sitting somewhere on the assembly line.

Ones that are showing 'SCHEDULED to DAY' or "SCHEDULED to WEEK' will have a exact DAY or a specified WEEK for those orders and as we have seen in the last few weeks, these dates have been moved back in 2 week intervals based on when the Ford Transit assembly plant goes back to work. At this point, we do not a have specific day that the plant will resume production so what dates you may have now are tentative dates and not 'for sure' dates.

Orders that are showing 'UNSCHEDULED - CLEAN' are orders in the Ford system ready to be scheduled. Ford was still scanning orders this past week but as far as Matt Ford orders, NONE were pulled for scheduling even though we had allocation available for Transits to be pulled for production.

The only orders that are in the 'UNSCHEDULED - MATERIAL HOLD' status are the ones with the 2.0L Diesel engine. These were supposed to come off of the HOLD in April and will be monitoring it as we have one order with this engine on order. Orders for the Power Sliding Side Door have been released from the 'HOLD' and are being scheduled according to when the order was input to the system or by specific body styles. We had 5 of our 12 orders with this option already scheduled for production while the others are still waiting for getting scheduled.

Your Ford dealer has the information on your order through their Vehicle Visibility site that shows the status for EVERY VEHICLE they have in the Ford Order System. If your Transit gets to the ramp for loading into a rail car, it will give the dealer that information and even the rail car number once it is loaded. Once the rail car is in motion, it will give the dealer updated movement on the rail car each time it passes a railroad tracking location all the way to the Regional Distribution Center. Then it will show when your Transit is offloaded and once it is given to a transportation company for delivery, that information is shown until the vehicle is delivered to the dealer.
 

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Thanks CVM. That's valuable information. I have been having trouble with the definitions of the various terms that you are describing and this helps sort it out.
 

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Here are the body styles we have available via 'forced' stock ordered units that have build dates. These dates may change based on when the Transit production resumes.
R2C - Magnetic Metallic , 4 way swivel, 5/29
R2D - Ingot Silver, 10 way power/heat, 6/26
R2D - Blue Jeans, 10 way power/heat, 6/24
R2V - Magnetic Metallic - 10 way power/heat, 6/25
R2V - Ingot Silver, 10 way power/heat, W 6/29
R2X - Blue Jeans, 4 way swivel, W 6/29
R2X - Ingot Silver, 10 way power/heat, 6/24
R3U - Magnetic Metallic, 10 way power/heat, W 6/29
X9C - Blue Jeans, 10 way power/heat 12 passenger Ebony Leather, 5/27
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Here are the body styles we have available as 'Unscheduled - Clean' that can be changed to add or delete listed options pending Ford pulling for scheduling
E9Z - Blue Jeans - 10 way power/heat Ebony Cloth
K2C - Magnetic Metallic - 10 way power/heat Ebony Cloth 10 passenger
R2C - Ingot Silver - 10 way power/heat Ebony Leather
R2X - Magnetic Metallic, 10 way power/heat Ebony Leather
W3U - Magnetic Metallic - 10 way power/heat Ebony Leather
W3U - Ingot Silver - 4 way swivel Dark Palazzo Gray
X9C - Kapoor Red - 10 way power/heat Dark Palazzo Gray 12 passenger seating
X9C - Magnetic Metallic - 10 way power/heat Ebony Cloth 12 passenger seating
X9C - Ingot Silver - 10 way power/heat Ebony Cloth 12 passenger seating
X9C - Blue Jeans - 10 way power/heat Ebony Cloth

For information on any of these orders, just contact [email protected] for a copy of the preview order for each body style

If you are not familiar with the Ford Transit body codes, here is the link to it so you can identify the above codes..www.transitbodydecoder.com
 

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Looks like some prospective Transit buyers are taking advantage of the above available orders and making inquiries on them based on which ones closely match their body style choices with exterior color and interior trim. The group of orders with projected build dates can't be changed but may be so close to what they want that they may end up with taking one of those orders. The ones still in the 'Unscheduled - Clean' can be changed in most of the options as well as exterior color and interior trim. They have locked-in entry dates that will give them more priority once the plant starts to reschedule production and these orders will more likely get pulled versus newly ordered Transits.
 

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With the Transit plant still closed and no future date for starting production, any scheduled build dates you have may not be correct as most of them were based on a April 14th start date. They are now changing the Kansas City Stay-At-Home Order to May 15th from a original April 24th date. So this may have a effect on when the Ford Transit plant resumes production no matter what Ford ends up doing at other plant facilities.

www.kmbc.com/article/kansas-citys-stay-at-home-order-extended-to-mid-may/32164661#
 

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Even thought Ford has not pulled any Transit orders for over a month, there were some changes made to the orders that already had scheduling preformed. On April 24th, we had changes made to 7 orders mostly changing from a 'WEEK of June 22nd' to specific DAY during that week. There is one build DAY for each day of the week with extra ones on the 23rd & 26th. That is indicating that Ford is getting the scheduling in line so once they have a start date for production, they can just go in and add the number of days to these current orders based on the original starting date of April 14th.
 

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No, it was dropped for the 2020 model and nothing yet as far as if it will show up for the 2021 model. Indications are that Ford may go to a in-dash push button parking brake and if that happens a NEW and different 3 passenger seat may show up for 2021.
 

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Is there any way to know what the number of backlog of orders looks like? Or, do you just see the Matt Ford numbers? Just wondering what time frame will look like to get the plant caught up.
 

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I just see the Matt Ford orders but right now with orders based on a April 14th start date that originally would be going back to a single work shift for 2 weeks, then 2nd shift would start. Before the second shift would start, they would alternate working 2 day intervals on the 2 shifts.

Our earliest build dates are 5/26-5/27, then 6/22-26, and the last group WEEK of July 6th & 13th. We still have 27 unscheduled orders out of a total 45 orders in the Ford Order System. Twelve 2020 Transits have been delivered so far.

I just made a trip to deliver a 2020 HR AWD Transit and holding lots are clear other than a few non-decal Amazon vans and 3 other fleet company vehicles. The rest are base fleet Oxford White vans with more F-150 trucks in the loading area at the rail yard that is used for the Transit vans exclusively. So once Transit production starts back, the shipping should move a lot faster than in the past.
 

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Looks like Ford is making adjustments on Ford Transit orders with a lot of changes on April 30th. A few orders are moving back about 3 weeks while others are 2 weeks. Earliest Matt Ford orders have build dates of 6/9 to 6/10 with most of them falling WEEK of July 13th to July 20th. Latest build date for scheduling is WEEK of July 27th.

If you have a Transit order not scheduled yet, look for those to get lined up for scheduling next week. The Order Management System has been down for the last 20 hours and still not available for viewing so there may be a huge task involved to get all of the orders in the system scheduled so the parts vendors can get back to making parts for the assembly line.
 

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I assume your remaining Unscheduled Clean orders did not get build weeks yet? Did the Order Management System get back up and running?
 

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Ford is updating the Transit order system today and we should get some updates on the current orders that have scheduling first. Then they are telling us they will ramp up the scheduling for the 'Unscheduled - Clean' orders so everything that is in the system now is getting scanned to see what body styles are in the system and what are the most common ones. I am expecting them to pull a lot of HR & MR vans in the first groups so those should be coming with VINs and projected build dates hopefully with late July build dates.
 

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Orders for WEEK of July 13th, 20th, and 27th still need to get a build DAY and that should happen in the next week. Nothing yet scheduled in August but that may be where the next scheduling group gets pulled for production.
 

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Did Ford drop this week’s allocations yet? BlueOvalForum is showing that Ford went back to scheduling week of July 13th for this week.
 
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