Lincoln said it will debut its crossover with the resurrected Aviator name this month at the New York auto show, and it will be based off the redesigned Ford Explorer large crossover.
Ford Motor Co. says it will replace more than 75 per cent of its North American lineup and add four nameplates within the next two years.
Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, including 62,000 in Canada, because loose bolts could allow the steering wheel to come off. Ford knows of two accidents and one injury linked to the problem.
The special edition Ford Mustang GT California Special goes on sale this summer and includes unique badging and interior design.
If automakers equip smaller pickups with weight-saving materials and fuel-economy technology, that might also push their price too close to that of a base-level big truck.
Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behaviour," as its president of North America.
Raj Nair, president of Ford's North American operations, has left the automaker after complaints of "inappropriate behaviour," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behaviour.
Ford is telling another 33,000 owners of older pickups in North America — 2,825 in Canada — to not drive them until they get repairs because of potentially defective Takata airbag inflators.
Ford wants to position the refreshed Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help expand its share in the commercial vehicle market and improve Canadian sales after a drop in 2017.
Ford said its fourth-quarter adjusted pretax profits fell 19 per cent to US$1.7 billion due to higher steel and aluminum prices, as well as adverse currency rates.
After an eight-year hiatus, Ford is rejoining the midsize pickup market with the 2019 Ranger, which offers buyers some of the features and benefits they could get in an F-150 but with fewer customization options, a smaller footprint and lower price. It features new technology such as a standard 4G-connected Wi-Fi hot spot, FordPass Connect and pre-collision assist.
A union official says Ford's decision to continue building the Edge crossover in Oakville, Ont., after a redesign signals that jobs will be secure in the region as the automaker invests in new technology.