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Ford Starts Shipping Delayed Edge, Lincoln MKX
Ford Motor Co. started shipping its Edge and Lincoln MKX to dealers Thursday. It can be recalled that the distribution of the mentioned Ford vehicles were delayed due to unspecified manufacturing problems at the Oakville assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario.
In mid-November the automaker relayed to its dealers the late arrivals of the two vehicles. The automaker further noted that delivery of the vehicles can be already be had in mid-December, in place of late November, as originally intended.
Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX are two of the crucial vehicles of the automaker. They are engineered to assuage the enduring health of the ailing reputation of the automaker. From the meticulous designing, to production and distribution, the automaker ensures that the workflow is no less than efficient.
With regards other automakers, it can be noted that other auto giants have had identical high-profile delays in the past. The delay is resorted to ensure the quality of the auto parts that make up the vehicles. Toyota, which is ranked next to GM, has also incurred delay in the past. It has started selling its Lexus RX 400h and Highlander hybrid sport utility vehicles later than expected.
Observers in the industry say that there is nothing unusual about the delay because the crossovers will be using new engine, transmission, and body shop. For instance, MKX will do away with custom auto parts Lincoln Aviator. Instead, it will be utilizing more sophisticated technology and materials to enhance power, performance, flexibility, handling, and convenience.
According to auto analysts, Ford is counting on the mentioned vehicles to replace sales doldrums of Explorers and other SUVs. They noted that the automaker has to make good this time to save is declining sales and popularity among car purchasers. Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, has been promoting Edge as the most important vehicle of the automaker that could act as the saving grace of the company. Analysts further noted that the automaker cannot risk bumping into even slight quality problems with its new crossovers because it would be detrimental to its ailing reputation.
Now that the vehicles are being shipped to dealers, the automakers ensure state-of-the-art uncompromised quality.
About the Author: Pamela Hewitt is marketing consultant of a successful auto body shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This 39 year old is also a prolific writer, contributing automotive related articles to various publications. She is also an offroad enthusiast.