Lin­coln plans to build SUVs in China by 2019

New Straits Times - - Busi­ness | World -

BEI­JING: Ford Mo­tor Co’s lux­ury unit Lin­coln plans to pro­duce lux­ury sports util­ity ve­hi­cles (SUVs) in China by 2019, as it steps up its move into the world’s largest car mar­ket.

The plan was to build a SUV to suit Chi­nese tastes, said Lin­coln China in a state­ment.

Ford plans to use an ex­ist­ing as­sem­bly plant it jointly op­er­ates with Chongqing Changan Au­to­mo­bile Co Ltd to pro­duce the ve­hi­cles. Lin­coln ve­hi­cles are cur­rently im­ported into China, and their sales have jumped nearly 180 per cent last year.

“The move to lo­cal pro­duc­tion is a key next step and will com­ple­ment con­tin­ued im­ports from North Amer­ica,” it said.

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