Lincoln sending MKZ luxury sedans from Mexico to Michigan for quality control

Article by Christian A., on February 12, 2013

Before Ford sends its Lincoln MKZ luxury sedans to dealerships, they will be shipped from its Hermosillo, Mexico plant to Flat Rock, Michigan, to undergo final quality validation, according to Bloomberg. Ford is doing this in order to avoid the recalls that afflicted its Escape and Fusion models. The Flat Rock plant assembles the Ford Mustang and several Fusion models, together with Hermosillo.

The same platform is used on the Lincoln MKZ and the Ford Fusion. Ford has declined to comment about the precise figure or portion of units that are sent from Hermosillo to Flat Rock as part of the enhanced quality validation process. Considering the high number of pre-orders for the model, the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ has gotten the highest amount of interest of any new model in the brand’s history.

Dealers were unable to cope with customer orders because of the lengthier quality-control process. It’s vital for Lincoln to have a popular model. January 2013 was its lowest sales month in over 30 years, with just 4,191 units sold.

Lincoln’s turnaround plan considers the MKZ and the production version of the MKC compact SUV concept seen at the Detroit show last month to be significant. Lincoln sold 82,150 units in 2012. In comparison, BMW had dominated the U.S. luxury car segment with 281,460 units sold.

Almost exactly the same as the Lincoln MKZ Concept presented at the January 2012 North American International Auto Show, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ production car symbolises a design motif that is subtle and distinct.

Max Wolff, Lincoln Design director, calls it sophisticated simplicity. Lincoln wanted a new MKZ that would be approachable and inviting. They tried to avoid normal luxury accents and complex styling and tried to come up with a creation that is warm and rich, while still being deliberately restrained.

Lincoln MKZ Exterior

A continuous roofline expresses the profile of the new luxury sedan. The steep, raked windscreen and elongated backlight creates a more polished and flowing look that is 10 percent more streamlined than the model that came before. The MKZ form is an ideal realised with only a few lines.

Although outstandingly contemporary, the style keeps traditional Lincoln design touches including a more elegant conception of the split-wing grille that was first deployed on the 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr.

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