Does a "Priority Order" for a Hyundai vehicle actually mean anything in the States? My increasing impression is that it is just a list for each dealer to check against their assigned allocation each month. It doesn't seem that the factory pays any attention when deciding what to build and where to ship. The dealers don't seem to have any visibility into the order queue.
In Canada the dealer can tell a customer where they are in the queue. The factory sends buyers an e-mail saying "Hi there. We're building your car in the next few weeks and here is the VIN. You should receive your car around this date."
If this is correct, then the implication for buyers in the States is that a "Priority Order" should be placed with a dealer with a high sales volume, since that dealer will get a larger allocation and improve the chances of lucking into the desired vehicle. It also implies that there is no benefit to wait patiently with a smaller dealer and no penalty to shift an order to a larger dealer unless that dealer has somebody ahead of you waiting for the exact same car.
Any experience-based information would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anybody have any sense of what's happening with the Tucson Plug-in model mix? The HyundaiUSA web site shows 117 Plug-ins within a 250 mile radius of Annapolis (including vehicles in transit). Of those 117 cars, only 9 are Limiteds, only 11 are white, and zero are white Limiteds.