By on January 6, 2020

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No, it won’t be shipped to the U.S. — only General Motors does things like that. Chinese customers, on the other hand, will soon be able to get their hands on a Lincoln vehicle built within their country’s borders. Orders opened late last week.

The 2020 Corsair is the first Lincoln-badged vehicle green-lit for local production by Ford Motor Company’s joint venture with Changan Automobile, and it should reach buyers in March. A key plank in Ford’s China 2.0 strategy, local production is seen as a way to reverse the Blue Oval’s sliding sales in the volatile market.

As reported by Automotive News, the Corsair starts at $35,632 in China. For that sum, buyers receive a front-drive model outfitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic. Obviously, opting for all-wheel drive pushes the price higher, and don’t expect to  find the upmarket 2.3-liter engine on the options list.

Image: Lincoln

Under its new strategy, Ford plans to start local production of a new model each year, reducing its dependency on imports. Currently, Ford imports all Lincoln-badged models available in the region, among them the MKZ, Nautilus, Aviator, Navigator, Continental, and outgoing MKC. Unlike its compact predecessor, the Corsair will eventually be offered as a hybrid, which should appeal to Chinese buyers.

Things aren’t great in that country’s new-vehicle market, but without the latest sales results to show you, all we can offer up in terms of info is Ford Motor Company’s 30.3-percent sales decline in the third quarter of 2019. The Lincoln brand fell 24.1 percent, year over year, in that time frame, though the automaker noted an uptick in volume towards the end of the quarter. With Aviators coming online, that’s not entirely unexpected. As for established product, there’s still some buoyancy to the brand.

Year-to-date sales of the midsized Nautilus rose 20 percent through the end of September, with the hulking Navigator enjoying a volume gain of 45 percent. Clearly, the far cheaper Corsair will appeal to a broader swath of Chinese buyers.

[Image: Lincoln Motor Company]

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11 Comments on “Buy Local: Lincoln Taking Orders for Chinese-built Crossover...”

  • avatar

    “China 2.0” makes me crack up, because the whole strategy in China is to sell as many 2.0T-powered vehicles as possible.

    • 0 avatar

      Even Honda is making their RDX 2.0T in China and not shipping them from Ohio like they used too.

      “…Honda says the new Acura SUV will be about 20 percent cheaper than the current one. That’s all fine and good for China, Chinese workers and consumers, but what about the employees in Ohio? Will the elimination of RDXs built for China hurt overall factory production and potentially lead to a loss of jobs? It’s a worthwhile question and, hopefully, US demand for the new Acura RDX remains strong enough to withstand the hit.”  Carbuzz

      • 0 avatar

        That’s because they tariff the s— out of them. 25% plus several other taxes, yes? Reading the liberal-slanted media, you’d think only the Trump Administration is doing that just to torture farmers.

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    I wonder if the Chinese will do a better job of paining Lincolns. It’s clear to me that Ford can’t do the job in the US. I parked my Miata next to a new Nautilus last week, and when I looked up I could see that the entire right side of the car was covered in orange peel. Truly embarrassing that Ford won’t even paint a car correctly for their premium customers. Even my Mustang’s paint wasn’t that bad.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, that’s weird. My 2012 Mustang had an excellent coat – Kona Blue – and I got compliments on it all the time. Then again, I washed and waxed it religiously and didn’t keep the car long (four years).

  • avatar

    For the times, they are a Changan.

  • avatar

    Hate to see this and wish they would be made here and then imported to China, like free trade is supposed to work. But I guess as long as it keeps their grubby mitts off my tax money, I’m fine with it.

    Looks like they’re going to need the help, what with declining Explorer sales. Not something you’ll read on about on automotive cheerleader websites but here it is…

    Maybe that’s just a blip due to production problems? Still disconcerting given their new singular focus on light trucks (insert rubbing chin emotocon)

    • 0 avatar

      Interesting article – thanks. X-ray chassis analysis post-production is deep doo-doo territory. A vehicle with a brain that doesn’t know when it is in Park is terrifying. But Mark LaNeve says they are “on a roll” – so all good?

      • 0 avatar

        I suspect the sales decline is largely due to the botched rollout and it’ll probably recover. And I hope it does. I don’t like the light truck trend but I certainly don’t want our automakers to fail. But this definitely underscores how risky Ford’s single-market strategy is.

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    We continue to teach our Asian friends how to compete against us by moving production out of the US. I guess we’ll never learn until ALL of the US production is shuttered.

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