NEW YORK — Lincoln, a brand that for more than a century has helped define American luxury, will for the first time import a vehicle to its home market from outside North America.
The redesigned 2024 Nautilus crossover, on sale early next year, will be the first Lincoln sold in the U.S. that's manufactured in China. The vehicle had been built in Ontario for the North American market, but Ford Motor Co. is retooling the Oakville Assembly plant in Ontario to produce electric vehicles.
"From a manufacturing efficiency standpoint, given what's happening in Oakville, we chose to build it in China," Lincoln President Dianne Craig told Automotive News. "We've had an unwavering support of auto manufacturing in the United States; in this case, it just made business sense for us. I think the product's going to be phenomenal and customers will love it."