Ford USA increases production of Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUV of 20%
Ford will again boost production of its hot-selling Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator for second time as both vehicles continue to gain share over their competitors in the large SUV segment.
Surging demand for Expedition and Navigator is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold, giving Navigator its best sales year since 2007.
To produce even more Expeditions and Navigators, Ford has increased the line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant and added more workstations to ensure employees can complete jobs in the time allotted. All of this translates into a need for more people to build these popular vehicles. So Ford is adding 550 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant and moving approximately that same number of jobs from Louisville Assembly Plant.
Vehicle production will increase after the summer shutdown in July.