We're nearly certain that robots will one day rise up and take over the planet. We've watched The Terminator enough times now to see how the scenario will play out. Thankfully, robots aren't advanced enough yet to ruin your life, but they might be smart enough to ruin your day... at least if you're a car buyer waiting to pick up a brand-new 2012 Ford Focus.

Production of the popular compact has reportedly been hampered by a machine that makes dashboard coverings. Apparently, the Detroit area supplier's equipment takes unscheduled breaks, and only works intermittently. According to the Associated Press, this issue has put the hurt on Focus production, forcing Ford to fly in needed parts from European vendors in an effort to try and keep assembly moving. That's a spendy way to make sure the Focus get its dash material, but Ford doesn't have other options at the moment.


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      FaM
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldnt worry about the cost effectiveness of flying them in, as im sure the supplier is picking up the bill for the air freight rather than paying Ford for a line down situation. Thats the way these things generally work.
      grimgrinning999
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will the Focus SEL or Titanium ever get a manual transmission (6 speed preferably)?
      Shomare
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not what I wanted to hear! I have a Titanium ordered as of July 6th. Was hoping to see it by September.
        kelvin273c
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shomare
        Where are you located? I got my order in 5 weeks although most are 6-8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shomare
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          Christopher Meyer
          • 3 Years Ago
          Man, I wish I had the aspirations to become an anti-Ford troll on autoblog. That would really be the life for me. My 110,000 mile, 10 year old Ford gets me around daily and has had no problems whatsoever in that period; we have racked up well over that mileage in several Fords without any issues and Ford's quality has only gone up since then...in fact, it is at an all time high. The only time I've taken my car to a shop? Oh, that was to get new tires. But seeing that rationale obviously isn't part of your natural skillset, I'll stop before I have to make you spend all night devising cute jabs that somehow give you the sense you're in possession of a god-like higher intelligence against all the apparently has-been designers at Ford that you so despise. Wouldn't want to keep you from being alert at your Wal-Mart clerical engineering job tomorrow, right?
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        Christopher Meyer
        • 3 Years Ago
        are you a fool, or just incredibly stupid?
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          @Christopher Meyer
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        moorewr
        • 3 Years Ago
        Obvious troll is obvious.
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        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do realize that most of these are already pre-ordered, and therefore will be hitting the roads regardless. It just sounds like you're jealous that Ford is putting out decent looking and refreshed products where GM has only focused on the Volt and the Cruze.
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          @The_Zachalope
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          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Pre ordered? I doubt it. Most cars in this price range are bought off the lot.
        Oscar
        • 3 Years Ago
        Idiot.
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          @Oscar
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        grimgrinning999
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree the interior is a disaster. The exterior is not too bad. My only complaint is one I have with all cars. Too much emphasis on aerodynamics. Stand the effing windshield back up.
      shawn1980hall
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Apparently, the Detroit area supplier's equipment takes unscheduled breaks, and only works intermittently." Perhaps the UAW should start recruiting this type of machinery, it would fit right in.
      mazeroni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Certainly a good example of how standardizing a single model across the globe can solve supply issues.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now the robots are UAW members.
      Jew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow I cant believe something American is not made using Chinese Child Labor. Maybe next time Ford will take a page from the Walmart Business Model and get those good old American Products from Chinese slave labor.
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      The Libertarian
      • 3 Years Ago
      >>>> takes unscheduled breaks, and only works intermittently Sounds like he should be nominated for UAW shop steward.
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