Following a bit of a delay due to quality issues discovered on the assembly line, production of the refreshed Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair at the Louisville Assembly plant proceeded to mostly ramp up through the latter part of 2023. Escape production, in particular, did take a huge dive between October and November before rebounding somewhat in December to close out the year, in which Ford managed to build 162,733 units in total. The same can also be said of the Lincoln Corsair, which experienced its own bounce back of sorts in December, according to FoMoCo’s latest sales report.
In November, Lincoln Corsair production plummeted 59 percent month-over-month, totaling just 1,806 units versus 4,381 in October. That figure was also the crossover’s fourth-lowest total of 2023. However, things improved somewhat in December, as a grand total of 3,063 Lincoln Corsair crossovers rolled off the assembly line at the Louisville plant – a month-over-month increase of 1,257 units or nearly 70 percent, bringing its total 2023 calendar year production to 31,285 units – which lags far behind the Escape’s annual total, notably.
As Ford Authority previously reported, there are a few reasons to blame for the Corsair’s temporary production plunge in November, including the fact that Ford initiated some temporary layoffs at the Louisville plant due to supply chain shortages, while the model year changeover also occurred halfway through the month of November, too.
However, while the Escape is receiving a few notable updates for the 2024 model year, that isn’t the case with its more luxurious counterpart. In fact, the 2024 Lincoln Corsair carries over completely unchanged, and it will even retain its factory-installed SecuriCode keyless entry keypad, a feature that is now a dealer-installed option only for the Escape.