Aviator is pricey, I'd have a hard time seeing that as a sales leader unless it turns into a phenomenon, but the 3-Row luxury segment isn't THAT big. Corsair and Nautilus will probably remain their sales leader, but Nautilus will likely be their most popular model for the foreseeable future. It's the sweet spot for volume and they certainly made it look quite fresh with a name change and all. As far as new product, we really have 3 new utilities this year, that's as busy as it will ever get in a year at Lincoln.
And it's very likely XT6 will make it very hard for Aviator to compete....nah I'm just kidding.
Speaking of Corsair, I'm hearing that the HEV for Escape will be delayed 6 months so I assume that will effect Corsair. That either means we'll get separate announcements for different model years, or they'll just be "Late Availability".
I don't expect to see any changes to the 450-up line except for the 7X engine and cosmetics. Did hear there definitely will be a 2020 650/750, so there is that. Any major redesign to the 450 and 550 will probably be when the next version is introduced (2023?). Of course by then GM will have a 7500/8500 through their Navistar JV and Ram will have a 1,500 ft. lbs. torque Cummins......
I have a 2018 navigator l reserve, since it got cool in my part of the world (late October) I’ve been consistently getting a lot of condensation in my car, when the car gets 3+ people it seems to come much faster. The back windows are always condensated no matter what I do, I’ve tried many different temperatures, different settings from defrost to forward vents to running everything at once, different fan speeds, I’ve run the ac button too which does seems to reduce some of the condensation but not all. The only thing that really seems to work is to open the back part of the sunroof and run defrost at full blast. I live around Toronto Ontario and the temperature is regularly around 0 degrees celsius.
do any of the other 2018 navigator owners have similar problems? Or is this something I need to bring up at the dealership? I do have tints on my windows, not sure if that can have any effect on that.
No Transit Connect-but don't our Transit Connects come from Spain? That says to me Ford Otosan's goose is already partially "cooked" --or I'm missing something.
And as for large commercial trucks, we keep hearing that Ford-Otosan is handling all Ford Truck engineering world wide. But what evidence do we have to support that? Supposedly Bill Ford has an appreciation for the Ford Otosan group but if so, does Hackett get that message??
The only thing Otosan has on their new big truck that is "Ford" is a logo. Now when the Work Show takes place in March we will see if the new Super Duty-beyond a 450 pick up-shows any new engineering to counter the new GM/Navistar JV. Or an Ecotorque diesel for 750.
Now that we know a bit more about the Ford/VW deal....... Looks like VW will get the Ranger and Transit, and Ford will a replacement for the Transit Connect. What does that mean for Ford-Otosan?
No large truck commercial truck collaboration, but with the Traton spin-off I was not expecting there to be.
I'm betting that by the end of the year either Aviator or Corsair will be the volume leader (the traditional leader, MKX/Nautilus starting to feel a little long in the tooth), but the Aviator will, like the Navigator, sell primarily in the top trims and will be by far Lincoln's profit leader. I'm just wondering if we'll be waiting, as expected, until 2023MY for the Edge/Nautilus redesign, or whether it might appear earlier.