As one might expect, Ford Expedition production plummeted in the month of October after the United Auto Workers (UAW) surprised Ford by walking out of the Kentucky Truck Plant – which builds the Expedition, Ford Super Duty, 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 many 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. As a result, Ford Expedition production increased in November, but followed that up by declining in December, according to FoMoCo’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. In November, it built 6,730 Expeditions, however, which represented an increase of 3,592 units or 114 percent. In the last month of the year, that number dropped slightly to 6,495, which is a rather slight month-over-month decrease of 235 units, or around 3.5 percent.
Meanwhile, both the Ford Expedition and its platform mate – the Lincoln Navigator – are set to receive some updates soon. As Ford Authority reported last month, 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.