Rumors of Made-in-China Lincolns have been swirling for a while. The Lincolns never came, but the rumors are back. Carnewschina has picked up rumors in Chinese automotive media that whisper that by 2015, Lincoln cars will be made in China. According to same rumors, the Lincolns will be produced under Ford’s existing joint venture with Chang’an Auto. The joint venture is expanding towards a new plant in the city of Hangzhou, and this is where the Lincoln will be made when the plant opens in 2015. Or so the rumors say.
If facts reported by Chinese media are often rumors, then rumors reported by Chinese media are most likely completely bogus. Ford said recently that “its luxury Lincoln brand will remain on the sidelines for now.” But by 2015 … who knows. In any case, Lincolns have a rich history in China, wrapped into the red Flag.