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Louisville SUV Plant To Cut Downtime Short To Meet High Ford Escape, Lincoln MKC Demand

Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky will shorten its usual two-week summer downtime to meet demand, Ford announced today, as the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC crossovers go gangbusters this year with regard to retail sales.

The Ford Escape was put through a mid-cycle update for the 2017 model year, receiving Ford’s first-ever implementation of SYNC Connect, a host of new driver assist features, and new EcoBoost engine choices.

Through the first five months of 2017, the Ford Escape racked up 129,805 unit sales, representing a 3-percent increase over the same period last year. The compact crossover enjoyed its best-ever yearly start. The Lincoln MKC sold in numbers of 11,161 from January through May – about 10 percent greater than last year.

“The record sales for Ford Escape through May are being driven by strong demand from our retail customers,” says Ford Executive VP and President of North America Raj Nair. “This is our strongest ever retail start for Escape, with retail sales up more than 6 percent versus this time last year.”

Every other North American Ford assembly plant will participate in the usual two-week summer shutdown, while portions of some parts plants – Van Dyke Transmission, Sterling Axle, Chihuahua Engine, Rawsonville, Chicago Stamping, Michigan Assembly Stamping, and Woodhaven Stamping – will close the week of July 4th for maintenance and retooling.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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