Lincoln plans to build SUVs in China by 2019
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.