Thanks to Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie, key railroads in Mexico have been severely damaged, causing 2011 Ford Fiesta deliveries to be delayed by 10 to 14 days.
Ford began production of the 2011 Fiesta at its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, in May and began shipping north of the border. Storms, however, have ravaged the area and almost wiped out portions of the key railroad lines (pictured above) used to ship Fiestas to the United States. Ford has been actively working to find other ways to ship Fiestas to the U.S., and so far, the flow of vehicles hasn't stopped.
"There are customers waiting for it, but I think a 10-day delay will be negligible," Chris Lemley, owner of a Ford dealership in Massachusetts, told Automotive News. "It won't damage the launch."
The Fiesta is a highly anticipated car, with around 2000 early deposits, as well as waiting lists at dealers. Customers who had pre-ordered the car began complaining earlier this month when they had to wait around two weeks longer than anticipated to take delivery. As of now, Ford isn't exactly sure if the delay will have an effect on sales.
"It's too early to estimate the impact this will have on sales, but we're shipping vehicles and will continue to monitor the situation," said Angie Kozleski, a Ford spokesperson. "Demand remains strong and we're eager to get these vehicles in the hands of consumers."
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