• Jul 13, 2010
2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

Those waiting patiently for one of the most anticipated new vehicles of the year are going to have wait just a little bit longer. According to Automotive News, Ford has been forced to delay the initial shipments of the 2011 Fiesta by 10 to 14 days due to Hurricane Alex, which hit Northern Mexico in late June, and Tropical Storm Bonnie, which made landfall shortly thereafter.

It seems there are a number of damaged railroads around Ford's factory near Mexico City, and the automaker has been forced to reroute some of its shipments. Ford is reporting that it has collected about 2,000 down payments from customers waiting for the 2011 Fiesta, and some of those vehicles will be arriving later than initially planned.

While nobody wants to wait any longer than necessary for their brand new cars, an extra 10 days or so shouldn't cause too big a problem, right? Especially when it's due to... an Act of God.

*UPDATE: A Fiesta fan on Facebook has uploaded some images that show the damaged railroads in Mexico, one of which can be seen to the right. Click here for more.



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the most awaited cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My local dealer had only a manual demonstrator. The other 4 on the lot were bought sight unseen. I can't drive a stick due to disability but they let me drive the 1 sold with an automatic around the parking lot. For not going more then a mile at speeds less then 20mph, my initial impressions were quite positive.

      It has nice build quality, the doors close with a satisfying *thunk* and the driving dynamics appeared to be good. I cant wait till I can take on on an official test drive. I'm interested in the 2012 Focus myself, but I was quite impressed with the new Fiesta.

      I
      • 4 Years Ago
      note to Ford...badly missed oppurtunity for EXCELLENT PR through the Fiesta reps that have all the information and contact info for the People that stepped up initially and RESERVED their Fiesta....and e-mail and / or even better a Phone call educationg the customer on / about the delay would have been PRICELESS....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, where's the VIP service as offered with the registration card?

        It would have been great that during the Fiesta Movement that we were e-mailed informing that the reps would have the cars displayed in our areas, since most of us that ordered one have not seen one up close. In my mind a Fiesta Movement is nothing more than what you have the day after Toco Bell.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, Americans sure have an amazing track record of producing cars that don't fall apart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very weird... my brother and his girlfriend ordered them on the same day, but my brother's came in 3 weeks ago and his girlfriend still hasn't gotten hers. I'm guessing this is going to further delay it, kind of sucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have sold 2 of the 3 we got. It has not even been a week since we got them in. Looks like the Blue Flame SES hbk 5-spd I ordered will be a few weeks behind.

      • 4 Years Ago
      All our dealerships have them, but of course I live in Detroit. It would be a crime if we didn't get the first shipments :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody just had to go there! Who let this fool out?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lame excuse. I bet the train could do a sweet jump off that half pipe railroad bridge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the "Fiesta non-Movement". My Fiesta was built May 28th and it is still waiting for shipment as of July 19th. One of the benefits besides the free SYNC, was VIP Exclusives, such as follow-ups from a Fiesta Consultant, and priority handling. (LOL that's what it says on the Fiesta Reservation Card). My dealer and salesperson is the only one that is giving me updates and delivery status.

      Now people are getting their Fiesta off the dealer lots and I'm still waiting for mine to be shipped. If I take another Fiesta off the lot, I will lose the free SYNC.

      BTW, according to a Ford official, all Fiestas with auto trans were held at the factory so that the transmission controller could be recalibrated. So if it was an early order, it was held back. Later builds with auto trans already had the fix and were shipped.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never said they did. TOUCHY.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahhh. The old "hurricanes and railroads" excuse. Quit stalling! I want to flog one of these inside a mall!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @samurai jack

        obviously you don't watch topgear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I got the reference to Top Gear actually. My comment was in admiration not ridicule. That's exactly the sort of hoonage that would warrant a rejection by Darwin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ lmao :P
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