According to an announcement made by Ford, the second-biggest US carmaker will start manufacturing its refreshed Edge midsize crossover at its Oakville Assembly plant near Toronto, Canada.
The Oakville facility currently builds the on going Edge model, alongside another three crossover models, the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT. From there, Ford will export the new Edge to more than 60 countries.
Ford says the Edge model is placed in what the company calls the global utility segment, with sales going up by 13% in 2013. Meanwhile, outside the North American market, the segment’s sales grew even better in 2013 and the forecast for 2014 sees a further 30% rise.
Last September, in preparation for the generation change at the Oakville factory, Ford announced it would invest C$700 million to expand the facility, allowing it to also retain more than 2,800 jobs.
As analysts expect Ford to debut the next Edge in early 2015, currently a concept version of the Edge was shown to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2013. The first generation of the model was introduced in 2006 and Ford restyled it four years later.