Originally Posted by stevejohnsonjs
I was in Flat Rock area on business this week, and detoured and scouted around the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Saw lots of 2016 Fusions ready to ship out in the yard. Have they started the Lincoln Continental build yet? I didn't see any outside and even then, I'm sure if any are built they probably are hiding them inside
. Any of you Lincoln insiders have any intell on this - the real build date? Also, assume they will definitely have the Conti production model rolled out at Detroit NAIAS?? I might make a trip from Atlanta just to see it. When do you think they would be officially selling next year (month)?? Thanks...
for stalking FlatRock, Steve
...pure-guessing: April Job1 for the Z
and late-May for the Conti THO could even see them waiting until after the June vacation/plant shutdown
saw some posters recounting Z articles saying the 3.0T is late availability (unverified)...
Mr. Galhotra has said "summer" On-Sale for both the Z & Conti
but the Z definitely first (& imho "summer" can be/is! vague)
I've read over the years that prototypes/pre-Job1 vehicles can be built at a separate Michigan facility whose name I don't remember.
iirc, the Mustang was only seen
at FlatRock a couple months before its Job1
While I like the direction you're headed, I don't think people are ready for a •80K-100K+ Lincoln. In fact, I don't think they're ready for a Cadillac sedan over 100K.
Lincoln would be wise to have this thing TOP OUT at •75K. More features and luxury than anyone for the price. Builds image and opens the door for a true RWD big-ass flagship down the road. I think Lincoln has more work •downmarket before they reach too much.
• the only $80-100k Lincoln I can see THIS Decade is a tippy-top AlumiNator
• imho it'd be easy for the Conti to offer silly stuff like the germans - - a $5k pkg including perfume spritzer with every sq. inch of the interior quilted-&-tufted
...or a custom(ish) paintjob for half the cost of Audi 'exclusive'
• downmarket? don't believe I agree...
... nope, don't
REALLY want the cheapest Lincoln (near-term) to start at $39,990 AND
be well-worth it!
+ I strongly believe in (some) Brands having 'strange-attractor'/icon-segments
and Lincoln's aren't compact (even tho I keep ranting for the LincStangs