'All-new' Lincoln SUV to Be Built in China, Ford Claims

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Not content with just offering Chinese buyers the Lincoln Continental, Ford Motor Company plans to take a page from General Motors’ playbook and offer the expansive market its own home-built SUV.

The automaker intends to partner with China’s Changan Automobile Group to build Lincolns in the city of Chongqing, starting in late 2019, Ford claims. The two companies reportedly began talks early last year.

The Blue Oval confirmed its plans in an email to Bloomberg. By setting up shop in China, Ford would side-step that country’s steep import tariffs. Unlike in other markets, foreign automakers looking to produce vehicles in the country must first partner with a Chinese company.

State-owned Changan is no stranger to such partnerships, as it already has agreements in place with PSA Group, Suzuki, Mazda, and the notorious Jiangling Motors, maker of blatant ripoff Landwind models.

While Ford has confirmed the new joint venture, it isn’t providing any hints as to the future plant’s offerings. Assuming sufficient demand, it would make sense to eventually produce other tariff-dodging models there, though Ford claims it will continue to import existing models, including the flagship Continental. As for the all-new SUV, its identity also remains a mystery.

The resurgent Lincoln brand landed in China in 2014 in an attempt by Ford to wrestle entry-level luxury sales away from rival GM. Last year saw 32,558 Lincoln sales in that country, a threefold increase from 2015. Apparently, customers were most enamored with the brand’s utility vehicles, which makes this announcement even less of a surprise.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, utility vehicles are as much in demand as they are in the U.S., with sales up 45 percent last year.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Charliej Charliej on Mar 13, 2017

    With Opel gone, Daewoo will be designing all of GM's small cars and small SUV's. What is not done by Daewoo will be done in China. How long until GM becomes a Chinese company?

  • El scotto El scotto on Mar 14, 2017

    From the top: The US has the largest economy and highest standard of living in the world. We (the US) have the world's largest vehicle market in the world. Car manufacturers are global manufacturers, most if not all of them have some sort of representation in Detroit. Yes, Detroit with all it's faults, blemishes and bruises; Detroit still rocks the automotive world. Huge amounts of cash flow through Detroit, something the clueless don't understand. If you''re not in Detroit, you're not on the inside/fast track vehicle-wise. Fords in China? A GM "Center of Excellence" in Australasia? They're working on orders from Detroit! I'm expecting the Bogan Brain Trust (TM) to be gnashing their teeth, wringing their hands, and quite possibly foaming at the mouth over this. Oh, and I expect to be called a derogatory name in one (or many more) of their replies.

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    • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Mar 14, 2017

      el scotto, I think you'll find the US has the 4th highest behind; 1. Norway. 2. Australia. 3. Netherlands. If disparity is considered (you know all those on minimum wages etc) the US sits at with the 28th highest standard of living. So, this tells me there are plenty of have nots in the US and a large gap to the haves. Australia drops to 4th when disparity is included. China seems to be an ever expanding market for vehicles and has surpassed the US a while ago. Stop living in the 60s.

  • JOHN One is for sale on an ebay car donation site.https://www.ebay.com/itm/305579991767?itmmeta=01HYHVJ49MCC6HEWQY5AX9MX85&hash=item4725fca2d7:g:k9cAAOSw5V5mThFw
  • Scott So they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars and they are promising us a “Cheaper EV”? I wonder how that will look and feel? They killed the Fiesta because they claimed that they couldn’t make a profit on them and when I bought the first one in late 2010 they couldn’t deliver the accessories I wanted for it! Then I bought a 2016 Fiesta ST and again couldn’t get the accessories for it I wanted. They claimed that the components were going to be available, eventually. So they lost on that one as well! I don’t care about what they say anymore. I’ve moved on to another brand.
  • Michael S6 CX 70 or 90 will not be on my buying list. Drove a rental base CX 90 and it was noisy and the engine noise was not pleasant. Ride was rough for a family SUV. Mazda has to understand that what is good for Miata isn't what we expect in semi luxury SUV. My wife's 2012 Buick Enclave has much better Ride and noise level albeit at worse gas millage. Had difficulty pairing my phone with Apple CarPlay
  • Michael S6 What is the metric conversion between one million barrels and the number of votes he expects to buy.
  • NJRide This could give Infiniti dealers an extra product maybe make it a sub brand
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