Bob,If there was an open production slot, then OSD may have grabbed it and had the vehicle built...rather than wait to potentially find that there were no open slots for the vehicle you wanted.
Correct. Every production slot has a deadline, or as we call it "last day of change", up to which changes can be made. Once that deadline passes, that slot does not automatically go into production; it can remain "car on paper" for weeks...We asked for a delivery date late this coming April. On our order confirmation, Volvo said that changes to the order will not be accepted after the first business day in March.
This sounds like they are trying to give themselves flexibility to slot our car in the schedule up to 6 or 8 weeks before delivery date.
Nothing really to explain; Bob is correct above plus you could have chosen a car that was already built. OSD builds certain cars and they maintain a small stock.I wonder about that. We had a delivery date of April 24, 2014 for our XC60. The manufactured date on the label on the B-pillar says 10/13. That was the same month we placed our order. Can you explain that?
This is standard production scheduling processes. In addition to Volvo's production line there are the capabilities of all the suppliers to consider. For instance, Nissan was not able to ship cars with their nav/foglights for a while in 2012 -- the supplier factories were impacted by the tsunami.Correct. Every production slot has a deadline, or as we call it "last day of change", up to which changes can be made. Once that deadline passes, that slot does not automatically go into production; it can remain "car on paper" for weeks...
It is a global ordering system and the U.S.-bound cars are just a part of a giant puzzle that keeps its pieces moving around; when it's time for the "U.S. pieces" to fall in place, then they enter the production chain. It all has to do with global production timing, suppliers for cars that go to that part of the world and vessel schedules.
I wouldn't necessarily think so. Certainly not any more than a car sitting for a month or so then shipped then sitting for however many months at the dealership. Then it goes on test drives, people fart in the seats, etc etc. Kidding aside, I don't think it matters really, I'm sure they are stored in some warehouse and kept from elements for most part.I would prefer a shorter lead time, maybe a month. Are there any issues with a car sitting around, not driven, for that long?