As Ford Authority previously reported, production of the outgoing 2023 Lincoln Nautilus was slated to end at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada last month. As one would imagine, this means that the luxurious crossover was also expected to suffer a rather large drop in output at Oakville, particularly as it’s being replaced by a totally redesigned model that will be produced in China and imported into the U.S. According to Ford’s most recent sales report, that’s precisely what happened in December, too.
Last month, just 426 Lincoln Nautilus crossovers emerged from the Oakville plant, compared to 2,776 units in November – a drop of 2,350 units. It’s a dramatic decline for sure, but one that was completely expected as the all-new 2024 model is now being produced at the Changan Ford Hangzhou Assembly plant, with deliveries just beginning earlier this month, as Ford Authority recently reported.
Aside from making way for the next-generation model, this changeover will spell the end of both Nautilus and Ford Edge production in Oakville. As Ford Authority previously reported, production of both of those models is set to be replaced by all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers in 2025 following a complete retooling of the plant in 2024.
As for the Ford Edge, it will continue to be produced at the Oakville plant until late April, at which point that crossover will be discontinued in its current form. Production of the Edge also declined significantly in December as the 2024 model carried over completely unchanged from 2023, as Ford Authority reported last May, and it hasn’t been treated to new color options, features, or trims. Now, its future is unclear, but the Edge could be replaced by a new all-electric model at some point in the future.