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Lincoln Trademark Application Suggests Luxury Brand May Expand To India

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Ford Motor Company’s luxury Lincoln brand is currently sold in North America, China, the Middle East, and South Korea. But FoMoCo’s recent filing with the Intellectual Property India office suggests that the luxury division could be heading to world’s second-most populated country. Though there’s a big difference between submitting a trademark application and actually establishing a presence in a new market, the filing does indicate that Ford is considering the move.

India is a market where Ford hasn’t had much in the way of performance. In late 2019, the company reorganized Ford India into a joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra, a major Indian automaker. As part of that agreement, Ford transferred all personnel as well as its assembly plants in Chennai and Sanand into the new organization, while holding on to the Sanand engine plant, the Global Business Services unit, Ford Credit, and Ford Smart Mobility division.

If FoMoCo does expand Lincoln to India, one of the bigger questions associated with the move will where the India-market Lincoln models will be produced. As of this writing, Lincoln’s primary manufacturing base is the United States – where it makes all current models except for the Nautilus, which is made in Canada. Recently, the brand expanded its production base to China, producing the Lincoln Corsair and Lincoln Aviator locally for the Chinese market.

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Besides India, Lincoln could potentially expand into other regions. Back in August, Ford Authority reported that Ford filed to trademark Lincoln with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Currently, Ford doesn’t market Lincoln in Europe, but it does offer Vignale as a range-topping trim level on some Ford models. Though an expansion to Europe seems unlikely as of this writing, it’s certainly possible at some point in the future.

We’ll have much more on Lincoln’s future plans soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for all the latest Lincoln news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. David Pickford

    So does this mean Ford will build Lincoln’s in right hand guide? I hope so, I loved my Lincoln LSV8 and would love the chance to buy a brand new Lincoln from a Ford dealer.

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