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Update on Mach-E launch progress from engineering friends in Mexico

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iirc, @trutolife27 posted that the go ahead for mp2 was given a few days ago. That should be the start of real customer car production on the 26th.
Yep. An interview with top execs confirmed OT to proceed to MP2 was granted 2 days early. They didn't say it would start early, though. So we assume it is still 26 October.
 

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The ponys are waiting outside the factory!

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I just heard from my source in Cuautitlan: Those cars are gone already. As of this afternoon there's only one lonely pony on the lot.

Another flash: they haven't used trains at that plant in 15 years. Everything goes out by truck. Since we know at least one of these was inspected on 10/12 and seen in Phoenix Dearborn on 10/16 we can knock most of the shipping off the time estimates. That should mean only a week from production to dealer in busy markets.
 
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While you're driving to the big game, having the hood open is going to be a much bigger deal than having the wings go airborne from the open frunk.
The hood opening would really obscure your vision but the wing sauce will get everyone behind you, too.
 

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I wonder if the car won't even move if either is open?
You can't "start" our Leaf if the charger is engaged. I've never just tested it with the door open. I'll have to try it and report back.
 

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I just heard from my source in Cuautitlan: Those cars are gone already. As of this afternoon there's only one lonely pony on the lot.

Another flash: they haven't used trains at that plant in 15 years. Everything goes out by truck. Since we know at least one of these was inspected on 10/12 and seen in Phoenix on 10/16 we can knock most of the shipping off the time estimates. That should mean only a week from production to dealer in busy markets.
Was that the car that is as San Tan Ford this weekend? Was that an MP1 vehicle? How did you trace the inspection date to 10/12?
 

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nother flash: they haven't used trains at that plant in 15 years.
Hmmm. Satellite views from 2 different dates in 2018 and 2019 (during Fiesta production) show 30 autorack railcars there. Different ones too as you can see the different color tops. Would seem to suggest they used railcars to ship. At first I thought maybe it could be trains bringing supplies in, but pretty sure those are autoracks.

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Pretty quick time to Dearborn still.
Sure is. Google show 37 hours of driving time. Legal driver limit is roughly 11 hours/day, so with refueling, border inspections, downtime, etc, it's pretty much takes 4 days. 2 drivers might shorten that a day, but either way that's a high priority delivery.
 

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Sure is. Google show 37 hours of driving time. Legal driver limit is roughly 11 hours/day, so with refueling, border inspections, downtime, etc, it's pretty much takes 4 days. 2 drivers might shorten that a day, but either way that's a high priority delivery.
I think legally the Mexican driver can only go so far into the US then a US driver has to take over
 

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Looks like a silver one directly on the left.

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Hmm
Then 3 cars in Dearborn. 1 red, 1 silver and 1 white with a bunch of tape on the A pillar and fender.

Safety test cars?
 

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Hmm
Then 3 cars in Dearborn. 1 red, 1 silver and 1 white with a bunch of tape on the A pillar and fender.

Safety test cars?
I was the one who saw these cars and there were 6 of them lined up. 1 red, 4 grey and 1 black. I’ll probably return to that spot sometime this week and see if I can snap more photos.
 



 









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