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Lincoln’s Chinese Production to Move to SUVs

Lincoln was late to the game when it came to entering China, the largest automotive market in the world. German and American rivals have gotten a jump when it comes to brand recognition, but Lincoln will turn the tables in a few short years. Lincoln’s Chinese production will move to the creation of a new SUV catered to the home market.

Lincoln’s new luxury SUV is set to roll off the line toward the end of 2019. The automaker currently imports vehicles into China, but that isn’t enough to meet the incredible demand. Sales leapt an astounding 180% in 2016 alone.

Despite the move to local production, Lincoln will continue to import vehicles from North America in order to meet demand.

“The move to local production is a key next step in Lincoln’s evolution in China and will complement continued imports from North America,” Ford Motor Company said in a statement.

Lincoln plans to have a total of 80 dealerships in China by the end of 2017. The brand will also open up to 10 smaller stores in low-tier Chinese cities.

Officials are keeping information regarding the new SUV under wraps for the time being. Expect to hear more about the upcoming model through the 2018 model year.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are pumped to see Lincoln surpass the competition with ease!

2019 Lincoln MKZ Could Be the Last

2019 Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is only in its second generation, but rumors are already swirling of the luxury sedan’s forthcoming demise. According to reports, the 2019 Lincoln MKZ could very well be the last as the brand aims to add more crossovers and SUVs to the lineup. While the MKZ may disappear, the name may stick around.

According to a report by Autoline Daily, the 2019 model year may be the last we see of the midsize sedan. The potential cut could come as a result of several production moves, namely the Ford Focus moving to Mexico and the Flat Rock assembly plant being converted into an electric- and autonomous-vehicle center.

While this may be the end for the MKZ nameplate, it may not be the last we see of a midsize sedan on the Lincoln lineup. Lincoln has seen great success with the new Continental, a naming structure that wanders from the alphanumeric.

If one thing is for certain, it’s that the Lincoln MKZ won’t be cut due to slow sales. The MKZ was one of the brand bestselling models in 2016 with over 30,000 sales.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are excited for the future of such an incredible luxury brand!