I live in CT and find that I don't really "NEED" all-wheel-drive when driving on public roads. Even poorly-plowed roads are pretty much passable; and a good set of snow tires on a vehicle with FWD has always worked very well for me.
Perhaps Ford is delaying the ordering process to avoid having reservation holders cancel their orders. They could be gambling that by June/July, most people will be back to work and less likely to have concerns about buying a new car?
Everyone has different reasons for making their reservations. For me, I don't mind a production delay because my current vehicle will suffice till I receive the Ford. As for gas prices, they're not going to stay low forever. As for current car market, I guess you have a point about discounts on...
My wife leases an Escape that ends in June. We're looking to replace it with an Escape PHEV, but they're not yet available. We did receive a $1,000 coupon from Ford last week on the purchase/lease of another vehicle. Unfortunately, the small print says that it excludes the Mach-E.
They had 10,000 signatures four months ago and they're only up to 15,600. I'm gonna guess that Ford isn't going to worry too much about the opinions of a few people who had no intention of buying the Mach-E in the first place. Not to mention the expense of changing the name on advertising...
Adding state sales tax and destination/delivery to the total push my payments to $859. Getting a better interest rate will bring it down to $800; stretching the loan out to 7 years drops it to $746. Also, I plan on using the X-Plan which should help a bit more.
I'm not a fan of the back doors not having any type of a handle. I anticipate that people with rings and/or watches will scratch the paint while putting their hands into the door jam to get in the car.