DETROIT -- The Lincoln Blackwood, a luxury pickup plagued with quality problems since sales began in November, will end production in August.
"We said from the start that we wanted the craftsmanship levels, especially in the bed, to be beyond what we typically would ask for," said Jim Trainor, a Lincoln- Mercury spokesman. "Simply put, we couldn't build them fast enough at the high quality levels that we wanted."
Trainor said a small number of 2003 models will be built to fill orders before production ends.
As recently as April, Lincoln said Blackwood production would continue until the first quarter of 2003 with a combined production run of 18,000 units for the two model years. But Trainor estimated that only 4,000 units would be produced.
Lincoln has sold 731 Blackwoods through May.
Besides quality issues, the Blackwood has had its share of marketing problems. For example, there is no four-wheel-drive option, making the truck difficult to sell in the Snowbelt. Only one color is available: black.
Finally, the carpeted, enclosed cargo box holds little more than golf clubs or suitcases.
Said Trainor: "Our attention will be better spent on our new 2003 Lincoln model lineup."