Ford announced that inventory for the new Lincoln MKZ will get back on the track by the end of March.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said that the MKZ vehicles will no longer be sent from the Hermosillo plant, Mexico, to the Flat Rock plant for additional repairs and inspection.
“We expect to have a rather large amount of vehicles in the delivery process … in the last 10 days of the month,” Hinrichs said.
Ford previously announced that it doesn’t expect dealerships to get a full stock of MKZ vehicles until early April. The new Ford MKZ was to be launched at the end of 2012 but the automaker decided to further inspect the vehicles and make sure everything is in order for a smooth introduction, which unfortunately was not the case.
“I don’t want to blame the supply base,” Hinrichs said Thursday. “We’ve had our own internal issues as well.”
Although the launch has been delayed, Ford plans to compensate for this by offering extended leases until the model will reach dealerships. Due to the MKZ delay, Lincoln’s sales have dropped during the first two months of the year with 25%.