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Remember when we used to talk about how close Lincoln was to being axed and how it seemed any day now the Grim Reaper would use it as a car service back to the grave? Last time we did it was, oh, not even a month ago. What a difference 27 days makes: Ford and Lincoln are trumpeting a $129M investment in the Louisville Assembly Plant that builds the MKC.

In July the MKC was the third-best-selling Lincoln of the brand's six offerings, beat by the MKZ and – by a much smaller margin – the MKX. It has sold 2,895 units in the two months it's been on sale, which is more than half the year-to-date sales of the MKS, MKT and Navigator. It's already important, is what we're trying to say, and this is before the Chinese market gets a crack at it later this year.

The money headed to Kentucky will be joined by 300 new workers, another marker in Ford's march to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the US by next year. You can read more about it in the press release below.
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Lincoln MKC Brings $129 Million Investment, 300 New Jobs to Louisville Assembly Plant

- Louisville Assembly Plant adds new jobs and investment to help support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC

- Ford Motor Company maintains its strong commitment to the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville through production of the new Lincoln crossover

- MKC gives Lincoln a strong entry in the small premium utility segment, the fastest-growing segment in the luxury automotive market


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 25, 2014 – Today, Ford Motor Company announced the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC.

Production of Lincoln's newest vehicle began in May. MKC is the second of four all-new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016, and will go on sale in China, along with the MKZ sedan, when the Lincoln brand debuts there later this year.

"Lincoln MKC is an important part of Lincoln as it attracts a new luxury customer," said Daryl Sykes, plant manager, Louisville Assembly Plant. "To have the opportunity to build an all-new vehicle – the first small utility ever from Lincoln – is very exciting for the hardworking men and women at Louisville Assembly Plant."

Lincoln Luxury Validation Center
To ensure the highest commitment to quality, the Lincoln Luxury Validation Center, with locations in each plant, includes inspection team members who take a "white-glove" approach to each vehicle.

At Louisville Assembly Plant, each MKC receives an enhanced inspection at five separate points by a two-person team to ensure fit-and-finish, craftsmanship and functional elements meet premium customer expectations. This attention helps to deliver a vehicle that is as close to perfection as possible so dealers can then provide a true luxury experience in the showroom.

Lincoln MKC, a blend of performance, quality and technology
The all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC is performance-minded, luxuriously crafted and technologically savvy to meet the expectations of luxury buyers who want a more personal car-owning experience.

The first small vehicle ever from Lincoln, MKC is the brand's initial entry in the small premium utility segment.

Small premium utility vehicles make up the fastest-growing luxury segment, with more than 600 percent growth since 2008 and nearly 300 percent growth projected between now and 2018.

With a powerful, efficient all-EcoBoost® engine lineup, complemented by an array of premium amenities and technologies that prioritize comfort and convenience, Lincoln MKC targets the growing audience of luxury consumers.

Ford's commitment
In 2010, Ford invested $600 million in Louisville Assembly Plant to transform it into a modern, flexible facility with tooling and facility upgrades in its final assembly area and body shop. This transformation allows for the production of multiple vehicle models at the same time, without requiring downtime for tooling changeover – making Louisville Assembly Plant one of the company's most flexible plants in the world.

Because Louisville can build various vehicles at the same time, Ford Motor Company can more quickly meet demand should changing economic conditions or other events result in shifting customer preferences.

"The UAW and Ford remain steadfast in our commitment to Louisville with the addition of Lincoln MKC to Louisville Assembly Plant's production line," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "The 300 new jobs add to the plant's 4,600 UAW team members – a fantastic feat enabled through the collective bargaining between the UAW and Ford to support U.S. manufacturing."

With the addition of the 300 employees, Ford is more than 75 percent of the way toward its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015.

The new $129 million investment is also helping to support more than 110 suppliers across the United States including 17 in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

Lincoln MKC went on sale in May; through July, 2,895 vehicles have been sold.

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About The Lincoln Motor Company
The Lincoln Motor Company is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. The Lincoln Motor Company is in the process of introducing four all-new vehicles through 2016. For more information about The Lincoln Motor Company, please visit media.lincoln.com or www.lincoln.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lincoln.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago

      The best looking Lincoln currently.

      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago

      Pictures don't really do justice to how different these new Lincoln interiors feel. The slanted floating center consul with no gear lever is really interesting when you are in the drivers seat. I really like how open everything feels. The simple and smooth design to everything is almost more minimalist than the new German interiors.

      I would be interested in an in-dept review of the infotainment system on these new Lincolns; I know people who rave about their MFT but then you still hear some bad reviews by a few reviewers. 

      Also, at least personally I think that wood trm looks better then anything under a new S-class.

      Revis Goodworth
      • 1 Year Ago

      It should also be noted the MKC is being sold primarily WITHOUT television advertising.   It is a calculated slow ramp up to ensure the product is correct and to avoid the near disaster of the MKZ rollout.

        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Revis Goodworth

        Plus it takes a little while to pry the Ford Escape badges off of them and stick on Lincoln.

          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave

          foolish comment Dave, they look NOTHING like each other, dimensions and body panels and engine lineups are all unique...write it down......

          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave

          in that case thumbs up...have to weed through a LOT of ill advised comments here Dave...

          lol

          Dave
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave

          It was a foolish reply. Nothing but a shot at Goodwrench.

      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago

      MKZ is also outselling the ATS, as well as the CTS, despite being in a different size class.  Regardless, everyone seems to love the RWD Caddys but they don't seem to keen on actually buying them.

        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons

        And...? The Cadillacs are in different segments.

        Moving goalposts doesn't help your argument...

      skoobey
      • 1 Year Ago

      Lincoln needs a brand identity. Apart from that grill I don't notice anything consistent.

      Every brand must have a philosophy. 

      BMWs are claimed as luxurious and sporty, Lexus high tech and comfortable, an recently even eco friendly, Mercs are opulence and bling, Audis are understated elegance... even Cadillac is building it's language with larger than life presence and plush comfort.

        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skoobey

        That must mean Lexus is ugly and Nissan is weird

        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skoobey

        Larger than life presence? With what, three variations on one body style, a rebadged Suburban, a Vibe on steroids? So far its overdressed  Chevys as far as the eye can see.

        Patrik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skoobey

        Lincoln does have a brand identity. Unfortunately its Rebadged Fords.

      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      no no, this cant be right....to all the naysayers that showed ZERO patience, YES it is, and theres more to come...must say the MKC is growing on me looks wise.... 
      Karl Henry
      • 1 Year Ago

      Welcome back Lincoln Motor Company!   This is only the beginning to restore this once glorious brand. Can't wait to see what the all new MKX and MKS will look like! Quality is job 1!

      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago

      Well done.

      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago

      We'll see.

      Get rid of that silly push button selector.  Go back to a column shifter if you want center console space.

        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701

        novelty sells, good or bad.....

          Autoholics Anonymous
          • 1 Year Ago *Edited*
          @Dean Hammond

          I for one think it might be nice to not have the selector on the floor or the column. It frees up valuable storage space (and maybe some knee room) in the middle and there will be one less stalk on the column to get in the way.


          NOTE:This comment is from "Autoholics Anonymous" not the different user "Anonymous". Autoblog seems to be playing with the comment system again and it still needs some work. On the bright side though, EDIT button! Woohoo!

          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond

          Does it? The Jag shifter is already being called gimmicky, I suspect the same will hold true for Lincoln's push-button POS.

      fpb300
      • 1 Year Ago

      It is nice to know the Lincolns are moving but the pace is slow.  Hopefully, they will be better products than now. The competition is the entire car companies.

      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sounds like more Ford spin. Are they making the Chinese MKC in China or importing it from the states? If it's being imported then, yes, it was probably already pre-planned to increase production of the MKC in order to ship units to China. There's no way a global auto maker runned by intelligent bean counters would ever conclude that a success is based on 27 days of performance, and "oh, great! let's build another factory because of it!". C'mon, LOL. 
        Skicat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dohc73

        Since you obviously don't read much, I'll put it in short words you'll easily understand. NO mass-market automaker can export to China and sell profitably there. The tariffs are too high. Only brands link money-is-no-object Rolls Royce can import vehicles to China and still make a profit. To sell volume profitably in China, automakers must have a Chinese joint-venture partner and build a plant in country to sell product produced in-country. It is the most-protected auto market on Earth.

          dohc73
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Skicat
          What's "brands link money...."mean? I thought you read much. LOL
      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago

      Lincoln is just terrible

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