The United Auto Workers (UAW) surprised Ford by walking out of the Kentucky Truck Plant – which builds the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator – roughly a month after it began its targeted strike against the Big Three automakers in September, which promptly brought production to a halt at it and several other facilities, too. Then, in late October, the two sides reached a tentative agreement that effectively ended the strike, and since then, most all workers have returned to the temporarily closed Blue Oval plants. Regardless, as one would expect, this action had a significant impact on not only Super Duty production, but also the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator in the month of October, according to FoMoCo’s most recent sales report.
Last month, The Blue Oval managed to produce a total of 866 Lincoln Navigator SUVs, which is 1,181 or 58 percent less than September, when 2,047 units rolled off the assembly line at the Kentucky Truck plant. It’s also the fewest number of Navigators that have been built in a single month in the 2023 calendar year thus far, bringing year-to-date production up to 18,716 units in total with two months to go.
Now, with the strike over and a tentative agreement thus far being approved at multiple Ford plants – save for those located in Kentucky, ironically enough – production of these three models figures to grow in the coming months. However, as Ford Authority previously reported, The Blue Oval says that the six-week-long strike ultimately shaved around $1.3 billion off of its bottom line, which is a massive financial hit, indeed.
Meanwhile, both the Lincoln Navigator and its platform-mate – the Ford Expedition – are set to receive some updates soon. As Ford Authority reported last month, hybrid versions of both SUVs are seemingly likely to debut alongside the forthcoming 2025 model year updates planned for both models, which include revised, Range Rover-like exterior styling and new taillights for the Expedition, along with Nautilus-like cues for the Navigator, plus revised interior designs and even a coast-to-coast display screen for the big Lincoln SUV.