The UAW strike produced results for its members in big ways, and the impact will be felt for workers and for Ford Motor Company over the course of the contract. That contract contains many interesting tidbits about the company’s future plans as of November 2023, but perhaps one of the more interesting pieces of information concerns the fates of vehicles produced and sold in the United States: almost all of them will still be around in April of 2028, with three notable exceptions.
In fact, it’s far easier to speculate on the vehicles that might not be around in 2028 than to list all of the ones that will remain. First up is the Ford Escape. According to the UAW’s contract, production of the compact crossover will end by May 2028. As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2026 model year might represent its last hurrah, which would likely mean the current generation model will continue into calendar year 2025 or 2026. Since it is coming off of a refresh for 2023, the chances of another update or redesign are slim. It’s also possible the upcoming EV replacement will simply be a fully electric successor to the current Escape.
Virtually everything that applies to the Ford Escape also applies to the Lincoln Corsair. By 2028, Louisville Assembly plant will most likely stop producing the luxury compact crossover in favor of an EV. Like the Escape, the Corsair is coming off of a refresh. It should be noted that both compact crossovers are produced in other countries – which means they could still be offered for sale in the United States beyond their presumed cancellation – they’d just be imported.
Similarly, the Lincoln Aviator will not be produced at Chicago Assembly plant by 2028, although it will still churn out examples of the Ford Explorer. In the Aviator’s case, it seems like it will be produced through the end of the current generation model, which is slated to receive a refresh for the 2025 model year. Otherwise, it will most likely be replaced by its fully electric counterpart, which Oakville Assembly is currently scheduled to build in 2025. However, it may end up being called something else entirely.
Of course, Ford’s plans through 2028 may change, and models that are currently on track to remain in production could be on the chopping block. Conversely, it’s always possible that all three aforementioned models may get a stay of execution. But as of this writing, the vast majority of Ford vehicles currently produced and sold in the United States will still be offered at dealers in 2028.