By on July 15, 2015

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Ford will build its next-generation Lincoln Continental at its Flat Rock, Michigan plant, which also produces the Ford Fusion and Mustang, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Ford’s Executive Vice President John Fleming at an event in Dearborn, Michigan.

The announcement comes ahead of negotiations with the United Auto Workers, which represents roughly 50,700 Ford employees.

Analysts have said the Continental will be an important car for the flagging luxury brand.

Ford announced last week that it would be ending production of the C-Max and Focus at its Wayne, Michigan plant.

Negotiations with the UAW begin on July 23.

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56 Comments on “Ford Building Next-Gen Lincoln Continental in Michigan...”


  • avatar
    Tosh

    Up yours, Bentley!

  • avatar
    50merc

    Another big win for metro Detroit (Flat Rock is in Wayne County, too) and the UAW. And in view of the Ford family’s affection for their home state, one can be sure greater Detroit will always have the home court advantage.

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    Will be sure to give it a look. I’ve been extremely happy with my ’10 Ranger and ’14 Escape. Ford has changed…very much for the better.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      I’m not so sure you will. If you follow the links, you’ll find that it’s a stretched version of the Fusion underpinnings, will have an “all-new” 3.0 Ecoboost V6, and guesstimated price will be in the $100,000 range. And of course, 21 inch wheels, just one inch smaller than the 22 inch, artillery type wheels on the Model T. Expect to pay $5,000 for a new set of tires. Oh, and the oversize center console goes all the way to the back, so it’s a 4-seat car, unsuitable for back seat nookie.

  • avatar

    Mercedes S-class W222 must be laughing its sick head off.

  • avatar
    maestromario

    RWD?

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Apparently not, FWD and AWD is what I’ve heard and with no big car RWD chassis that seems like a sound prognostication. Just as well, folks north of the Mason-Dixon aren’t really into RWD cars as year round transport.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      BIG mistake.

      This needs to be rwd standard w/AWD option, float like a plush cloud, be immaculately assembled/trimmed, library quiet inside, bank vault solid, and have a V8, priced reasonably, and it will outsell all wannabe-BMW, Kia quality, buzzy 4 banger & 6 banger equipped, sloppily assembled, sh!tty riding, unreliable Cadillac sedans combined.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I seriously think you are the target customer for the Kia K900. It’s really not built too badly. It’s floaty, chromey, RWD, V8-powered, and feature-packed. Yet it’s sold at approximately the pace of moldy peaches.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          The K900 reminds me of what a cheap Chinese knockoff of a BMW would feel/drive/smell (yes, industrial strength adhesive aroma permeates the cabin of the two I’ve sat or rode in) like.

          I’m not a fan, especially at its ridiculous price tag.

      • 0 avatar
        VenomV12

        Seriously, this car with RWD and an AWD option with a V8 would be a monster seller. Take the Jaguar XJ, it is cheaper than an S-Class, good looking but they only have a V6 and they only sell 300 of them a month. The S costs more, has a V8 as the base and sells 1500 a month. Even the tired 7 Series sells 3 times as much as the XJ.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        DW-

        Ford doesn’t have a RWD platform it can use for the Continental. Eventually, there will be one, but not for the next few years. Even if it was RWD, there is zero chance of a V8 being put in it. It would be a V6 only affair.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          “Even if it was RWD, there is zero chance of a V8 being put in it. It would be a V6 only affair.”

          Fail.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            If it were up to me, it would be 5.0L and RWD. I think the next 3.5TT will be such a beast that it would be preferred over the 5.0L in a Lincoln.

            Now….a 5.0TT V8 option….all the yeses.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “If it were up to me, it would be 5.0L and RWD”

            You’d better head over to Dearborn and remind them who we are up in here.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          I wish Lincoln well. Some here understand I harshly criticize Cadillac because I want it to succeed in bringing back truly luxurious, powerful, American-centric PLUSH and bold vehicles (not generic riffs of what Cadillac thinks BMW represents), and I criticize Lincoln for a variation of that – Lincoln isn’t trying so hard to riff on BMW, but they also haven’t rediscovered and built their bada$$, bold American luxurious vehicles in a long time.

          I really fear a fwd Conti as described thus far will be a Lincoln-only-skin-deep, Ford (like all other present Lincolns).

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        Interesting that you mention KIA. Pulled into the parking lot at work this morning and saw a shiny new KIA K9000…with two huge window stickers stating something to the effect of “LEMON CAR…sometimes bad things come in pretty packages.” I’d say the new owner is less than happy with it. Intrigued enough to try to find the owner and get the scoop.

        Glad to see the Conti will be built in Detroit. I’m a big fan of Made in America (as hard as that is getting to say these days, sadly), not that I’m in the pay scale to afford one. I hope it strikes a chord and brings some forward momentum back to Lincoln.

      • 0 avatar
        MBella

        Is RWD really necessary though. Unless you are going for performance and handling, FWD will better isolate the cabin from the drivetrain. A FWD layout will make a better plush American cruiser.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          The closest thing to plush in a fwd car that I’ve experienced wasn’t nearly as plush as the plushest rwd cars (e.g. S Class; LS430) I’ve experienced.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    How come Lincoln can figure out what a luxury car should looks like but Cadillac can’t? However they are really screwing up if this doesn’t get a V8 option.

  • avatar
    PentastarPride

    I never liked Lincoln beyond the older 80s and 90s Town Cars, but by the looks of the prototype, this may revive Lincoln.

    I thought Ford was trying to kill Lincoln with intention ever since they’ve decided to apply that ugly beak-face on the front ends of all their cars. It was as if Lincoln was bought out by Toyota.

    Now, maybe Chrysler can finally revive the New Yorker and Imperial, based off of the current 300.

  • avatar

    I really welcome this new Continental.

    Now don’t get me wrong; I love my German cars. But I’m so sick of *everything* remotely luxurious on the market trying to follow the paradigm of German sport-luxury (which, might I add, has changed drastically over the last ten years). It’ll be nice to see a relaxed, competent American luxury sedan with imposing styling. And the transverse-engined drivetrain isn’t a dealbreaker, either. If Lincoln can make it work and turn it into a competent driver that doesn’t feel like a Ford derivative, I’m fine with it.

    Overall, I actually think Lincoln’s plans will be more viable than those of Cadillac, which is trying to play a game it can’t win.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You mean a 2.0 turbo four in the CT6 (base model is only one available with RWD) isn’t a good idea?

      • 0 avatar

        No, and neither is an ATS that was benchmarked against a fifteen-year-old E46 BMW which, in reality, few people who buy new cars these days would actually *want*.

        But I didn’t know that the CT6 3.6 and CT6 3.6T force you to get AWD. I really don’t want an AWD sedan, nor do I want the base 2.0T, so that’s yet another reason I wouldn’t buy a CT6.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I didn’t know it until I read this pathetic puff piece from MSN about the CT6.

          http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-luxury/is-the-2016-cadillac-ct6-the-rock-star-the-brand-needs/ar-AAcufrG

          My angry comment is on there at the bottom, too. Ha.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          I don’t pay for AWD on a vehicle unless it’s got the ground clearance to do off road stuff, so I’m with you. But then again, I probably wouldn’t buy a new CT6 either.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I feel like the more I read about the CT6, the more I realize Cadillac has created yet ANOTHER stop gap measure. It’s just going to be a flatter looking XTS, except RWD-AWD instead of FWD-AWD. They won’t sell many 2.Slow RWD ones.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            It looks so far to me that it will be a nice car, and world class. Just not the type of car I’d buy for what they will be asking.

          • 0 avatar

            You’re right, Corey. Cadillac itself has stated that the CT6 is not meant to go up against the S-Class, 7-Series, A8, LS, XJ, etc…when, initially, it very much was. It’s like, “Oh, we realized halfway in that this wasn’t gonna work as a flagship, but we did it anyway. But don’t worry…something even *better* is coming!”

            Why would they even *offer* a 2.0-liter turbo-four in something that size and at that price point?

            It seems like a product that’s destined to fail, honestly. When you’re in the $70K and up territory, the car needs to offer some significant substance, or at least belong with the other cars at that price point. The Escalade manages to do that. The CT6…doesn’t appear to.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            So it’s not to compete with those big names like the 7 and LS, but they priced it the same?

            Ha.

            And the CT6 was to be their big thing! After they had said “We know, we know, the XTS is a middle stop gap for the DTS.”

            And I don’t get how Cadillac can say “Oh we learned our lesson we know what buyers want, cars are too hard and track-like.” Then in the very same interview say, “We know the CT6 needs to be track tested and performance like our other models.”

            It simply does not make sense. Feels like the PR department needs help.

        • 0 avatar

          Cadillac’s R&D and market research teams need help, too. GM as a whole has been building very good cars; it has also been building *the wrong* cars a lot of the time, making compromises that it thinks people want, but are in fact deal-breakers…

          By contrast, it seems like the guys in Dearborn are very good about research and timing. From the Explorer, Expedition and Navigator to the Focus, the original Mustang and the current one, Ford always seems to know what to sell, and when…and everyone else just plays catch-up.

        • 0 avatar
          glwillia

          What’s wrong with the E46? Give it modern connectivity/electronic toys and the N20/N55 and it’d still be a perfectly fine compact executive sport sedan.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    No suspension travel, no sidewalls, I’d almost rent one for a day just to see how horrid the ride truly is.

  • avatar
    Joss

    Airport gandu.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    well…so far so good for the anti-platform sharing/just a re-badge rants.
    This is, after all, being built on the same line as the Fusion and seems to be exactly what the haters look for in bashing Ford.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Hopefully they build it like they give a crap when they screw it together. It needs to be much nicer inside and out than the MKS.

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