Steve0512
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Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:33 am

I'm planning my lease return now.
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lietuviukasd
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:07 pm

When does your lease end? You looking to get a new one? Why didnt you buy one? Im in Chicago area I bought my in 2015 factory ordered one to be exact if FFE comes out with longer range in 2018 I would by one . How much was your lease in Chicago area what dealer did you buy from?

triangles
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:05 pm

2018's are more or less identical to the '17s. Same 33.5 kWh battery.
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:57 am

triangles wrote:2018's are more or less identical to the '17s. Same 33.5 kWh battery.
That's not completely validated imo. I've seen conflicting reports about a redesign coming soon. The fact is they've been vague about the 2018 specs. They said it would be the same battery but they also promised a significant range improvement. It's possible there are other changes in store.

They want to sell the 2017 models still so they're not showing all their cards just yet.

If it is identical to the 2017 I'll be disappointed. ... and likely waiting for a Model 3 instead.
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triangles
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:33 pm

Smoking_Rubber wrote:That's not completely validated imo. I've seen conflicting reports about a redesign coming soon. The fact is they've been vague about the 2018 specs. They said it would be the same battery but they also promised a significant range improvement. It's possible there are other changes in store.

They want to sell the 2017 models still so they're not showing all their cards just yet.

If it is identical to the 2017 I'll be disappointed. ... and likely waiting for a Model 3 instead.
I believe the 2018 is the last MK3 Focus and 2019 will be the MK4 focus but don't quote me on that. Although, it would make absolutely no sense to retool the factory for a new Focus when they are shutting the factory down in 2018, and it does make a lot of sense for the Chinese Focus to be the next generation design since they will be tooling up the Chinese factory anyway.

This seems pretty crystal clear about the 2018 specs....
http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/for ... ectric.pdf

I don't remember exactly when but for some reason I was thinking it was mid 2018 is when they shut down the factory to retool for the Ranger and eventually the Bronco at the Michigan Assembly Plant. After the shutdown all Focus production goes to China. Not sure where that leaves the FFE. The Flatrock Mi. plant is getting a 700 million expansion supposedly to specialize in ford electrified vehicles, whatever that means. There are many articles you can google about EVs at the flatrock plant but not a peep after last January. Also not a peep about the FFE's future after production ends in Michigan next year.
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:11 am

Ford Focus
2017 Final Order date = 6/30/2017
2018 Bank Open = 7/17/2017
2018 Job #1 Start up date = 10/9/2017

There is no separate information specifically about the Focus Electric. This is off the fleet build out sheet.
https://www.bblfleet.com/fleetdocs/ford_buildout.pdf

The good news is they'll kick out Job #1 13 days from now ;) VERY optimistically I'll get my FFE in 4 weeks.
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Smoking_Rubber
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:32 am

Like I said, there are reports of a redesign for the 2018 model.
http://fordnewmodels.com/new-ford-focus-2018-price/
http://frogcars.com/2018-ford-focus-redesign-photos/

I've got my fingers crossed. There has even been promises of increased battery efficiency / range.
http://www.brandonford.com/blog/2018-fo ... ing-range/

There are also sites that say NOTHING has changed. We'll soon find out.
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:27 pm

Smoking_Rubber wrote:We'll soon find out.
Maybe not. The 2017 FFE was in production a good six months before information on Ford website. I know that because the warranty start date for my 2017 FFE, that I bought certified, is September of 2016 but there was no information regarding the 2017 FFE on the Ford website until March of 2017.
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:41 pm

Smoking_Rubber. I don't mean to bust your bubble but the document I linked to above is direct from Ford listing the 2018 specifications like the 33.5kWh battery and the exact same fuel economy ratings as the 2017 FFE The only thing different from the '17 I see is the ugly new green and no blue or red color options. I hope I am wrong but I expect the '18 model year to be the last FFE and the 300mi range ECOsport based "CUV" to be here for the '19 model year replacing the FFE as Ford's BEV offering. I would be ecstatic if they had a MK4 FFE along side the electric CUV but seeing as how Ford now doesn't make many FFEs and is reluctant to sell the FFE outside of CARB states I honestly can't see Ford selling any more BEVs than they have to in order to meet the CARB requirements.

The first two of your links are about the ICE focus in Europe. Europe got the MK3 focus before us and it is reasonable to believe they will get the MK4 focus next year and we will get the MK4 focus in '19 from China. There is exactly 0 possibility of the USA getting a MK4 focus for the 2018 model year. They are shutting down the factory sometime in 2018 to move next generation focus production to China. This article explicitly says the next generation focus will be the focus built in China. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/busine ... 103032080/ Oddly US focus production will stop mid 2018 and China focus production won't start till 2nd half 2019??? I wonder if this means we won't get a 2019 focus?

Your third link is to a FL dealer's blog from March. Hardly a reputable source and since we already know the efficiency of the '18 FFE has not improved likely the increased efficiency they mentioned was just wishful thinking.

I really wish I was wrong but the future of the FFE does not look promising :cry:
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Re: Does anyone know when the 2018 order bank will open?

Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:51 pm

Just an aside here for the Canadians, I checked in with my dealer about ordering the '18 FFE and was told it'll only be going to Quebec (maybe Ontario?). I'm in BC so if this is true, unfortunately, there will be no more FFE's coming up to us.

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