They Shoot Town Cars Don't They?
The Star reports that Ford's Canadian President is publicly pleading for the life of the St. Thomas factory that currently produces the
dinosaurs-on-wheels Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. Bill Osborne asserts that "strong volumes and margins in new production of the Lincoln Town Car next year could justify the continuation of production on one shift." Past history suggests our neighbor to the north is whistling Dixie. This summer, Ford shut down the Canadian facility's second shift. Although St. Thomas now gets the Town Car, sales volumes are such (down 72.5 percent from last year) that there are no plans to restart the second shift. Osborne's hopes that the big Lincoln will generate enough profits to stand pat and stay the executioner's blade seem highly optimistic. Shuttering St. Thomas would spike the last of Ford's full-sized, rear-wheel drive sedans.