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Lincoln Aviator Production Plummeted In May 2024

May was a big month for both the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, as it marked the beginning of production for the refreshed versions of both crossovers at the Chicago Assembly plant. Production of the 2025 Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer kicked off on May 13th, in fact, which – as Ford Authority reported last week – led to a rather significant decline in output for the Explorer, as its production plummeted by 58 percent versus April. Turns out, that was also the case with the Lincoln Aviator.

According to Ford’s May sales report, Lincoln Aviator production at CAP wrapped up the month at just 384 total units, which is a rather notable decline of 1,217 units, or 76 percent compared to April. This is typical during mid-month model year changeovers, however, as we also saw from the Explorer and various other models in previous months and years.

Regardless, Lincoln Aviator production at CAP also dropped from 3,175 units in March to 1,601 in April, which was a decrease of 1,574 units or just under 50 percent. That figure was also the lowest total of the 2024 calendar year thus far – until May, at least – while production of the Explorer also dropped in the month of April, totaling 20,097 units – a month-over-month decrease of 4,595 units or just under 19 percent versus March.

As for the 2025 Lincoln Aviator, it arrives sporting a revised front and rear fascia with an updated contoured mesh grille, coupled with new LED headlamps and running lamps that span the width of the front end, along with the new Lincoln Digital Experience infotainment software, the addition of BlueCruise as an option, a larger 13.2-inch infotainment screen, and a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, though just one powertrain option for now – the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost, which generates the same 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque as the outgoing model, and is mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission.

We’ll have more production numbers to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Aviator news, and comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Bruce Holberg

    Now that Lawler is in position, Ford needs to pull the trigger and replace Farley. The EV commitment was just wrong, quality is still a problem, Lincoln is a nothing, and Ford’s image is horribly tarnished. At this point, any change would be a good thing.

    1. Jorge

      Exactly, Lincoln has nothing we want to buy. Utilize Mustang platform and give us respectable LS sports sedan, larger Continental and mark 9. Farley only has interest in Mustang and F150. I have no interest in either of those vehicles. The current Lincoln lineup is a disgrace to the brand.

  2. Tiger

    1.2 million EVs were sold in the USA in 2023. So much for “people aren’t buying them”. I know that numbers are hard for you, but do try to keep up.

    1. MJ

      It’s always weird to me that people can be so anti-EV even though Ford hasn’t introduced it’s T3 or low cost platform yet. Seems like it’s smart to wait and see what they have been so diligently working on before writing off EVs.

      My bet is plenty of people will buy them once gen 2 EVs are introduced.

      1. Enhist

        It’s hard to understand people who opposes self-evident truths. The planet is warming BECAUSE OF US, yet the boomers can’t be inconvenienced with this reality and they don’t care.

  3. William J. Offutt jr.

    It is the same Experiment that made Solar plants go bankrupt , windmills producing very little electricity for an expanding population that is depending on all electric garden tools that needs recharging . Electric demands are causing brownouts all the time . Then you want EV vehicles for operating ambulances, fire trucks, school buses , and all essential means of transportation as all busses. That will be a Boon to the Tow Truck businessess !

    1. Enhist

      Then there will be a boon.. This is happening.

  4. Tj

    Ford just needs to bury Lincolin or bring back Lincolin sedans.


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