• Jun 27th 2006 at 5:56PM
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With Ford's Wixom assembly plant - the only source for Lincoln cars over the past half-century - slated for closure in 2007, the assumption was that the Town Car would join its Panther platform brethren at the company's St. Thomas, Ontario plant. Ford, however, has informed the Canadian Auto Workers union that it should not expect the arrival of Lincoln's last "traditional" luxury car. Since a move to any other North American plant would require extensive retooling, it's extremely unlikely that the luxo-barge will continue production at all.

Expect the Town Car to be replaced with the MKS, which will be an AWD unibody sedan based on the same platform that underpins the Ford Five Hundred. Even if such a vehicle is successful at retaining the Town Car's elderly customer base, those in the livery business are likely wondering where to go now for a full-size body-on-frame luxury car. The Ford Crown Vic and Mercury Marquis are expected to continue production until 2010, after which the future of those big sedans is also in question.

[Source: Automotive News/Autoweek] 



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Killing the town car? I hope so.
      CHARLES GALVAGNI
      • 9 Years Ago
      IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO ME THAT THE FOLKS AT FORD WILL CANCEL THE BEST AMERICAN CAR MADE. IT SEEMS THAT AMERICAN CAR MAKERS, SINCE THE EARLY SEVENTIES, WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GIVE FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS THE WHOLE MARKET. THE LINCOLN TC IS BY FAR THE GREATEST AMERICAN LUXURY CAR EVER BUILT. JUST ANOTHER SAD DAY FOR AMERICA.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It will be the end of an era in New Yorks outer boroughs
      • 9 Years Ago
      I always thought that the Town Car looked like an overturned bathtub and will be glad to see it go!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't see this as bad news at all. The Town Car is long past being anything more than a glorified taxi cab. Retail sales are almost nil at this point, and I would argue that this dinosaur does more harm than good to the Lincoln brand. If they want to replace it with a modern AWD platform and new looks in the hopes of attracting actual retail sales (and not just livery), then I greet this as GOOD NEWS!
      Steve
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am a young man who owns a TC, and I love it. While I agree that Ford needs to get with the program as far as style innovation and a power package, they have a proven winner here that still has character, prestige and class with dependability. GM lost that long long ago. DC would succeed in making the grade, if they would stay together and stop breaking down or losing alternators, air conditioners and radiators and water pumps. I own a company that has a fleet of vehicles driven many many miles, and slowly everyone employed here has come to prefer Ford cars/trucks. Rear wheel drive and body on frame is all I will own; for handling and ride and dependabilty, that is where it is at!
      Michael Straeck
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm 37 have owned 5 lincolns and currently drive a town car and navigator. I think lincoln represents the best american value available. I agree lincoln needs some attention and focus, however it is not beyond hope.
      David
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where else is someone supposed to go to get a car with enough leg room for a tall guy. I'm 6-4, and don't fit comfortably into most cars. Oh, I could buy an SUV, but who can afford gas at $3.00 a gallon when the vehicle gets only 9 MPH? My current Town Car gets better than 22 MPH. It's not hybrid-like numbers, but it's certauinly bwetter than the GMCC Yukon or Ford Expedition. Ford is obviously intent on shooting itself in the foot.
      Cliff's Limo Service
      • 9 Years Ago
      As an owner of a Limo service and a long time driver of Lincoln Town Car's, I believe that it really does not matter if Ford does this, because we will be able to adapt a different vehicle for the same use. I do believe that Ford must know what they are doing and they must have a good reason for it.
      There are plenty of other nice full size luxury vehicles out there for the use in the Limousine business and Ford has a few already out there in use.
      If you have noticed lately that the taxi business has slowly been switching there sedans over to mini-vans and the limo services have been switching over to luxury SUV's.
      Running a business is a hard job and you have a lot of people to answer to, like your investors, creditors and your employees for there pay and benefits. I believe Mr. Ford has had the research done and crunched those numbers thousands of times and came up with the same answer. He must make cuts to spending in order to keep a descent profit margin.
      All I can say is God Bless America, where you have the right to choose.

      Cliff of Cliffslimoservice.com
      Ray Garroutte
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a Lincoln owner I've owned a Mk VII a Mk VIII and a
      "Box on Wheel's" Towncar. I would'nt own a new style Towncar and am willing to put more money into the 1992 I enjoy so much, but for the time being I feel well assured that my Towncar has a couple of mile's left in it. It only has 70,000. mile's on it and I've seen and driven them with an excess of 250,000., and they were still going strong. With proper care my Towncar might just outlive me and I'm 62. Bill Ford; pull your head out before you suffocate.
      Dennis
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, I am finally able to afford a Town Car and now
      those so called experts are going to kill it. I think it is a big mistake! It seems like they are trying to loose market share. They need to update it but keep it.
      trinidad broche
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm happy owner of Lincoln Town Car. Once you own a townn car you will never like to try any other car. The comfort, stability and luxury its has it could not found in any other car . In my opinion it would be a big mistake to discountinued it.
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