Lincoln MKS Axed, Continental To Be Assembled Elsewhere
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.
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