Lincoln MKS Axed, Continental To Be Assembled Elsewhere

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The 2016 Lincoln MKS will be the last of its kind, as the brand will cease production when the calendar rolls over.

Parent company Ford gave a statement on the matter, USA Today reports, which reads as follows:

Chicago Assembly Plant is vital to our global manufacturing footprint and will continue to manufacture the Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor vehicles even after we phase out production of the MKS in 2016. We will continue to match production to demand.

Meanwhile, the MKS’ replacement, the Continental, will not take its place on the assembly line in Chicago. Automotive News says the Explorer will fill the void left behind thanks to overwhelming demand for the crossover.

Where the Ford Fusion-based Conti will be assembled isn’t yet confirmed, though insiders say it could be built alongside the Fusion and Mustang in Flat Rock, Mich.

Until the end comes for the MKS, however, consumers could find huge deals on the luxury sedan, whose price of admission already starts at under $40,000. Whether they decide to pull the trigger is another story: 3,304 units left the showroom over the first five months of 2015, down 19.1 percent over the same period in 2014. In contrast, Explorer sales are up 15 percent through May.

[Photo credit: Lincoln]

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  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on Jun 12, 2015

    The pictures I've seen of the new Continental show that it has a fairly long front overhang, a narrow fender between the wheel well and door cut line, and a wide front console--a lot like the current MKS and Taurus. Why do I suspect that the new Continental is just a renamed front-wheel-drive MKS with a better back seat for two?

  • TrailerTrash TrailerTrash on Jun 12, 2015

    I was one of the early MKS buyers. And to once again remind folks here...there wasn NO Taurus at the time. OK? Please try to remember the MKS was out first and was supposed to stand alone. Only after Mr Mulaly decided the Fivehundred was a mistake did he promise to bring out the Taurus that should have been. I have tried to get posters here to back up their statements. I do not know, still today, which car would have offered me the same luxury and options as the MKS ecoboost. Nobody had near the same offers. Not AWD. Not 355 HP and twin turbo. Not the best at the time Bridge of Weir leather. Not heated and cooled seats. Not panoramic roof. Not adaptive cruise. Not turning headlights. Not 19 CuFt trunk. Not THX sound system. Not Self parking. Please. I remember Baruth even praising this car. I test drove em all. Many times. I walked away in Nov 09 with a fully loaded MKS ecoboost for 51K. Still would do again.

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    • TrailerTrash TrailerTrash on Jun 13, 2015

      @SC5door I purchased my 10 in Nov 09. This was actually my second as I had a 09 MKS with 31K on it. I wanted the ecoboost and the additional changes to it required for the turbo power. There were many changes. However, I think you made my point...the MKS had been out over a year. was on the design table long before the Taurus. I clearly remember these days and even Mulaly's remarks. Until he said thos...there was no Taurus. Initially...the MKS was supposed to be stand alone. The fact thst a year later after Mulalay spoke it came out proves my point. These were, IMO, his worst decisions as the head of Ford. He diluted the MKS and instead came out with the wrong SHO. I wish the Fivehundred stayed AND I wish the SHO was a high performance Fusion (or Fivehundred). I would LOVE this 3.5 ecoboost in an AWD Fusion SHO.

  • Akear Akear on Jun 13, 2015

    Lincoln's sales are so bad that none of this matters.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jun 13, 2015

    The problem with MKS is not only out of date platform and dated and plain interior but also it is tall, narrow and short.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 15, 2015

      @Inside Looking Out The MKS if you consider it, is very similar to the LaCrosse. But that's selling better.