The Lincoln Corsair was thoroughly refreshed for the 2023 model year, and it received key updates like the a Sync 4 infotainment system and Lincoln BlueCruise. Unfortunately, software issues with the digital instrument cluster forced Ford to delay production of the refreshed luxury crossover. That said, production rebounded in the summer and stayed pretty consistent through the fall, with one notable exception: November 2023. As production figures included in the November 2023 U.S. sales report show, Louisville Assembly plant produced far fewer examples of the Corsair last month than in October. But there are two reasonable explanations for the substantial dip in monthly output.
Last month, Louisville Assembly produced 1,806 examples of the Lincoln Corsair, which represented a substantial 59 percent drop in output when compared to October, as the facility manufactured 4,381 during that time. November’s figure was the fourth lowest month for production so far, as the company was able to produce at least 2,000 units per month from April through October, after ironing out the issues associated with the digital instrument cluster. So far, 28,221 examples of the Corsair have been produced through November.
There are two reasons that explain why Lincoln Corsair production fell off a cliff in November. For starters, the plant initiated temporary layoffs last month due to supply chain issues. While it isn’t clear what parts were impacted, it is possible that the disruption brought on by the UAW strike indirectly impacted Louisville Assembly, as the Kentucky Truck plant does provide stampings for the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair. Additionally, the model year changeover also occurred halfway through the month, although the 2024 Corsair is identical to the 2023.