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This Is Where Lincoln Cars Are Made

This Is Where Lincoln Cars Are Made

We’ve talked extensively about several different Lincoln cars and where they are made precisely on this blog. However, there’s so much more that goes into the operation of Lincoln when we look at the North-American and worldwide market. Therefore, we have created this complete resource that tells you exactly how and where Lincoln cars are made.

Lincoln cars for the American market are made in Ontario, Canada (Nautilus), Chicago, Illinois (Aviator), Hermosillo, Mexico (MKZ), Flat Rock, Michigan (Continental), or Louisville, Kentucky (Corsair). The EcoBoost engines are made in Brook Park, Ohio, 2.0 and 2.5 Duratec in Dearborn, Michigan, and the 3.7 Duratec and Cyclone in Lima, Ohio.

However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. In this blog post, we’ll go through all assembly locations for different models of Lincoln. Furthermore, we’ll discuss where the engines and transmissions are made, and we’ll take a detailed look at other parts of the car as well. Read on!

Also read: The Complete Cost Of Maintaining A Lincoln

Assembly Locations Per Model

Before we dive into the assembly locations of each model and generation of Lincoln cars, it’s good to know that Lincoln is owned by Ford, and Lincoln does not have its own assembly plants. Therefore, Lincolns are made by Ford at Ford’s assembly plants. All cars mentioned below, therefore, have Ford facilities listed as their assembly location.

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKX / Nautilus

The first generation of the Lincoln MKX, manufactured between 2006 – 2015, was assembled at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada. For the Chinese market, assembly took place in Chongqing, China. The second generation of the MKX was named the Nautilus and was introduced in 2019. The Lincoln Nautilus, just like its predecessor, is made in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, for the American market, and Chongqing, China, for the Chinese market.

Oakville, Canada

Lincoln Aviator

The first generation of the Lincoln Aviator was assembled from 2003 – 2005 in Hazelwood, Missouri, at the St. Louis Assembly plant. Ford closed this plant in 2006, and the Aviator was discontinued until 2020. The second generation of the Lincoln Aviator, manufactured from 2020 onwards, is assembled at Ford’s plant in Chicago, Illinois, for the American market. For the Chinese market, the Aviator is assembled in Hangzhou, China.

Chicago, Illinois

Lincoln MKZ

The first generation of the Lincoln MKZ was made between 2006 – 2012, and the second generation was made between 2013 – 2020. Both the first and second generations of the Lincoln MKZ were made in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant.

Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Lincoln Continental

The current tenth generation of the Lincoln Continental was made between 2017 – 2020 at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Previous generations were built nationwide. Between 1958 – 2002 the Lincoln Continental was assembled in Wixon, Michigan. The second generation of the Continental was made between 1956 – 1957 in Allen Park, Michigan. The first generation was built between 1940 – 1942 and 1946 – 1948 in Detroit, Michigan.

Flat Rock, Michigan

Lincoln Corsair

The current and only generation of the Lincoln Corsair started production in 2020 and is assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, for the American market. For the Chinese market, the car is assembled in Chongqin, China.

Louisville, Kentucky

Engines

Because Lincoln is owned by Ford, it’s not very surprising that most of its key components are also made by Ford. This includes the different kinds of engines and transmissions Lincolns use. Below, we’ll outline the different types of engines used in modern-day Lincolns and where Ford makes these.

  • 2.0, 2.3, 2.7, 3.0 EcoBoost
  • 2.0, 2.5 3.7 Duratec
  • 3.7 Cyclone

The 2.0L EcoBoost is used in the current generation of the Lincoln Nautilus, MKZ, and Corsair. The 2.3L EcoBoost is only used by the Lincoln Corsair. The 2.7L EcoBoost is used by the Lincoln Nautilus and Continental. The 3.0L EcoBoost is used by the Lincoln Aviator, MKZ, and Continental. All EcoBoost engines are made at the Ford Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio. Until 2015 the 2.0 and 2.3 I4 EcoBoost were made in Valencia, Spain, but Ford eventually shifted production to Ohio.

The 2.0L Duratec is used by the Lincoln MKZ. The 2.5L Duratec is used by the Lincoln Corsair. Both the 2.0 and 2.5L Duratec are made by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, or Chihuahua, Mexico. Some were built by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan.

The 3.7L Duratec was used by the Lincoln MKZ between 2013 – 2016. The 3.7L Cyclone was used by the Lincoln MKX. Both the older 3.7L Duratec and the newer 3.7L Cyclone are made in Lima, Ohio, at Ford’s engine plant.

1) Brook Park, Ohio 2) Dearborn, Michigan 3) Chihuahua, Mexico 4) Lima, Ohio

Transmissions

Lincolns that are currently manufactured use the following Ford-made transmissions:

  • 6F automatic (MKX, Continental, MKZ)
  • 8F automatic (Nautilus, Corsair)
  • 10R80 automatic (Aviator)
  • HF35 automatic (MKZ)
  • CVT (Corsair)

The 6-speed 6F automatic transmissions used in the Lincoln MKX, Continental, and MKZ are made by Ford in the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In the future, these transmissions will also be built in Sharonville, Ohio.

The 8F automatic and 10R80 automatic are produced at the Ford Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan. Ford’s Sharonville Transmission plant also started 10R80 production in 2018.

The HF35 automatic is made at the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

1) Sterling Heights, Michigan 2) Sharonville, Ohio 3) Livonia, Michigan

CVT’s used by Ford are made by a company called Jatco (which is owned by Nissan). Jatco has manufacturing plants in Fuji, Japan; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Guangzhou, China; and Chon Buri, Thailand. It’s most likely that the CVT that is used in the Lincoln Corsair is made in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Also read: The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Lincoln Continental

Seats

The seats of a Lincoln are designed by Ford/Lincoln themselves; however, Ford doesn’t make these seats themselves for Lincoln. Instead, they outsource this to certain manufacturers in the United States. The largest seat supplier for Lincoln is Lear. Lear has many plants across the United States. However, their largest plant seems to be located in Hammond, Indiana.

Also read: How Many Miles Can A Lincoln MKZ Last? (Answered)

Steel

For every Lincoln, you, of course need steel to make the car’s frame. As we saw, Ford is responsible for providing steel to Lincoln. Ford has many suppliers of steel in the United States. However, ArcelorMittal is the biggest steel supplier to Ford in the domestic market. ArcelorMittal has more than 18 locations in the United States, but many of them are centered in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, West Virginia, and Indiana.

Other Parts

  • Comstar Automotive Technologies – Chennai, India: starting and charging systems
  • FCC Adams – Berne, Indiana – clutch assembly manufacturer
  • Flextronics Automotive – San Jose, California – in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities
  • Mahle Engine Components – Russelville, Arkansas, and Atlantic, Iowa – engine components
  • Flex-N-Gate Seeburn – Ontario, Canada: door hinges and arms.
  • NHK Spring – Shiga-ken, Japan: suspension stabilizer linkages.
  • U-Shin Europe – Komárom-Esztergom, Hungary: steering columns.
  • Valeo Electric and Electronic Systems – Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland: starter assemblies.
  • Webasto Roof & Components – Schierling, Germany: sliding sunroofs.
  • Summit Plastics – Nanjing, China: instrument panel components.
  • Dee Zee – Des Moines, Iowa: running boards.
  • Warn Industries -Clackamas, Oregon: axle assemblies.
  • Chaidneme – Bogota, Colombia: mufflers and exhaust systems.
  • Autoliv – Stockholm, Sweden: airbags

Sources

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