Ford to increase Expedition, Lincoln Navigator production by 20 percent

Demand for Ford's largest SUVs is booming.

Ford announced on Tuesday that it's increasing production of its Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV models to keep up with booming demand.

Ford says it will boost production at the Louisville plant where the Expedition and Navigator are made by 20 percent, starting this summer. In order to achieve that increase in production, Ford will add 550 new jobs to its Kentucky Truck Plant.

"Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln's most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. "After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”

Last year sales of the Ford Expedition grew by 35 percent. Just as importantly, the average price paid for an Expedition increased by $11,700 to $62,700 in 2018.

Meanwhile, Lincoln Navigator sales shot up 70 percent to 17,839 units last year. That was the nameplate's best sales year since 2007.

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