Originally Posted by ausrutherford
All MkZ Production to Stay in Mexico
April 10, 2012
By: Austin Rutherford
At the 2013 North American Auto Show, Ford rolled out the new Fusion Energi, which is the first plug-in hybrid in its class. As with the Hybrid, many expected that the MkZ would follow the Fusion and receive this new powertrain. However, this will not be the case for now.
Though we knew that an MkZ Plug-in was not in the cards currently, we had heard the plan was to hear from the customers before they would decide to put it in the luxury car. This is half the story.
At the New York International Auto Show, FIN talked to the Fusionís Marketing Manager, Samantha Hoyt. She mentioned that the MkZ receiving the Fusion Energiís engine is dependent upon the sales of the Ford plug-in. In other words, if Fusion Energi sales are where Ford is expecting them to be, the likelihood of an MkZ plug-in being built will be low. If the Energiís sales are lower, expect Lincoln to rush out its version to bring in the revenue that the company needs for a return on the investment.
We can also tell you that all MkZ production will stay in Mexico even with Fusion adding production to Flat Rock Assembly in Michigan. She said that Ford plans on a large percentage increase in production for the 2013 Lincoln MkZ, which will hopefully lead to a sales increase as well.
Even if sales of the Fusion Energi are high and exceed Fordís expectations, we hope that customer and online feedback will force Lincoln to offer a plug-in for the MkZ.