By William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
March 24, 2013
More MKZs are coming! That's what in essence Ford's president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs said last Thursday after a supplier event at Ford's Dearborn campus.
"We expect to have a rather large amount of vehicles in the delivery process … in the last 10 days of the month," Hinrichs said.
Hinrichs explained that Lincoln MKZs aren't being shipped no longer being shipped from Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico plant, to another plant in Flat Rock for additional inspection and repairs. The reason for the additional inspection and repairs is due to Ford's recent track record of new vehicles not having a smooth introduction (see the Escape and Fusion as examples).
When asked about problems Lincoln were addressing with the MKZ, Hinrichs didn't go into detail.
"I don't want to blame the supply base. We've had our own internal issues as well."
Even with the delay, Hinrichs said Lincoln has minimized the number of customers going to another brand by offering extended leases until MKZs reach dealers.
We're not quite how many customers Lincoln has kept since sales in last two months have dropped by 25%, mostly in part of the small number of MKZs on dealer lots.
Source: The Detroit News