Chinese automotive media cite ‘rumors’ that Lincoln cars will be made in China from 2015. The rumors say the Lincolns will be produced under Ford’s existing joint venture with Chang’an Auto. The joint venture is working on a new plant in the city of Hangzhou in Jiangsu Province. This plant will come online in 2015 and, again according to the rumors, this is where the Lincoln will be made alongside several Ford-branded cars.
True or not? Ford said recently the Lincoln-brand would not be introduced in China anytime soon. 2015 however is still three years away. Ford really wants to push the Lincoln-brand globally and China is the biggest market worldwide, and especially huge when it comes to luxury sedans and SUV’s which Lincoln makes. To compete on the Chinese market with Lincoln Ford indeed does need local production. All competitors from Audi, Benz and BMW are already in production in China.
The rumor so makes sense, but for now a rumor is what it is. We’ll keep watching…
Rumor via: Autohome.