Following the onset of a targeted strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) in mid-September, the union walked out of the Ford Kentucky Truck plant a few weeks later, which produces the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator. As a result, production at that plant remained at a standstill for a couple of weeks – at least until Ford and the UAW came to a tentative agreement on a new master contract, which was ratified shortly thereafter. As one might expect, this temporary shutdown meant that very few Ford Expedition SUVs emerged from the assembly line in October, but things rebounded in a big way in November, according to the automaker’s latest sales report.
In October, The Blue Oval managed to produce a total of 3,138 Ford Expedition SUVs, which was 4,375 or 58 percent less than September, when 7,513 units rolled off the assembly line at the Kentucky Truck plant – the fewest number of Expeditions that have been built in a single month in the 2023 calendar year thus far.
However, last month, that number grew by a significant margin, reaching 6,730 units – an increase of 3,592 units or 114 percent. It also brings the year-to-date total number of Expedition SUVs up to 78,288 with one month left to go in the 2023 calendar year.
Meanwhile, both the Ford Expedition and its platform mate – the Lincoln Navigator – are set to receive some updates soon. As Ford Authority previously reported, hybrid versions of the Expedition and Navigator 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.