After an excessive number of recalls on the 2013 Escape and Fusion, we can't really fault Ford for being a little extra cautious with the launch of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Last month, we reported that dealer supply of the car was extremely limited due to more attention being paid to quality checks of cars rolling off the assembly line, which led to a 73-percent drop in MKZ sales from last year on top of a 32-year low in monthly sales for Lincoln in January.

The reason for the delay was that the sedans were being shipped from the Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant to be inspected even closer at Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan plant before they were able to head to dealers. Things seem to be straightening out for Lincoln and the MKZ's production now, as Automotive News is reporting that supply should be up to a "normal level" by the end of this month.


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      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought I'd heard that they were going to move production of these to Michigan at some point. Anybody know when that is?
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        The Fusion will be produced at Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan plant. http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=37067
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      They also had supplier issues. Read that on other sites. The last generation MKZ was a big seller and often ranked at the top of the charts in both sales and quality for it's segment. And it really wasn't all that special. The new one is actually much more striking in person. I was not a fan when I saw the pictures, but in person it's pretty nice. The Fusion has gained in sales over last year, so hopefully the MKZ will as well.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        And with all it's amazing sales it just brought the automaker right back from the brin-*wait* No it didn't.
      Ormond
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drove the 2.0 liter MKS at my dealer. I took it only on a short drive. I babied it, but the small engine does not seem very powerful. The interior was very nice, but I am not sure that I would buy one. I compared it to the Cadillac ATS. The ATS is smaller, but is much more lively and better handling. I do think that it is too expensive by about $2,000. With all the advertising that was done during the Super Bowl, it was a shame that the MKZ was not on dealer lots. The production and quality glitches were a big snafu. I know that some pre-orders were cancelled as Ford didn't communicate with its customers very well regarding the status of the automobiles. I hope that the MKZ is a success for Lincoln. I am just not sure that it's for me.
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gotta love Ford's excues for their sheer incompetance. The truth, is that nobody wants an overpriced, ugly Fusion (even the regualr Fusion is ugly and overpriced) with a whip antenna and a moon roof that severely hampers rearward visability. Lincoln is not a brand, they are half-assed trim levels on mediocre Fords.
      Finklestein
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the supply crisis? The fact that they made tons and nobody wants to buy one considering it's an overpriced fusion?
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Finklestein
        Increased quality control measures bottlenecked supplies...but actually looking that up would have taken a small amount of effort right?
          Finklestein
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          Derp..Thanks for that. Try learning to interpret sarcasm next time.
          XJ Yamaha
          • 1 Year Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          There was nothing sarcastic about your initial comment...just ignorance.
      Porschetr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I checked this car out last week. Color of Both Bumpers and side skirts were off from the body and big gaps. Horrible build quality.
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porschetr
        I've also noticed this same thing. I guess there are some paint issues with the first production batch?
        Gonzo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porschetr
        +1 They really need to take care of this problem. No one looking at this level of car will accept quality issues that were common in the 80's.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      now they just need to find some buyers for this electronic nightmare.
      eighthfloorapt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sales went in the dump as its ugly, dont worry,Lincoln wont be around much longer.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is actually quite a looker in person. I saw 2 at the dealership across the street and they definitely have a rich appearance. To all the people harping on the grille, it actually looks fantastic when viewed as a whole. It looks as strong a statement as any BMW kidney grille, or better than an Acura beak or Lexus/Infiniti hourglass, and more memorable than any bland ovaloid grille.
        Michael D. Mitchell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        I agree. I walked around it and sat in it at our local auto show, and in person it actually is quite nice. Having said that, it's still not up to snuff with ANYTHING in Cadillac's portfolio in terms of styling or driving dynamics. Ford seriously needs to rethink not bringing the Falcon from Down Under to the U.S. That car could serve as the basis for some really great RWD Lincolns in the future.
        fly by wireless
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        It's not bad. It's just not a CTS... That's all.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mulally has been FOrd CEO for 5 or so years, and is leaving soon. SO far, he said nothing about what he wants to do with Lincoln. He has totally starved it, NO unique product, only uglier, way overpriced FORD Model CLONES, and he did not even close it down, as he correctly did with worthless, useless MERCURY. WHY is Mulally ignoring Lincoln?
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      The scent of death is strong on Lincoln and Acura. Two companies that lost their way.
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