Last year’s United Auto Workers (UAW) strike took a bit of a turn after workers walked out of the Kentucky Truck plant – which builds the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator – roughly a month after it began its targeted action against the Detroit Big Three automakers. In late October, the two sides reached a tentative agreement that effectively ended the strike, which was ratified by workers shortly thereafter. Regardless, as one would expect, this action had a significant impact on the production of those aforementioned models. That includes the Lincoln Navigator, which saw its production numbers rebound in November and remain stable in December, according to Ford’s most recent sales report.
In October, The Blue Oval managed to produce just 866 Lincoln Navigator SUVs amid the strike, which was 1,181 or 58 percent less than September, when 2,047 units rolled off the assembly line at the Kentucky Truck plant. In November, that number increased to 1,889 units, which is 1,023 or 118 percent more than the prior month.
In the last month of the year, Lincoln Navigator production came in at 1,899 units – which is a mere 10 more than November – bringing its total 2023 calendar year total to 22,504 units. As Ford Authority previously reported, the Expedition fared essentially the same, with its production declining a mere 3.5 percent between November and December.
Both the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition are set to receive some updates soon, however. As Ford Authority previously reported, hybrid versions of both SUVs 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.