August 10, 2006
Ford confirms it will build the Shelby GT and Lincoln MKS sedan
2007 Ford Shelby GT (top) and 2008 Lincoln MKS (bottom). Click image to enlarge
Traverse City, Michigan – Ford has confirmed it will build the Shelby GT and the luxury Lincoln MKS sedan, as it accelerates its “Way Forward” turnaround plan and considers investing up to US$1 billion in several of the company’s Michigan facilities. The announcement was made by Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars.
The potential investment would be dedicated to expanding flexible manufacturing at several Michigan facilities, and be used for the research and development of future products, advanced powertrain technologies and hybrid vehicles.
Fields also confirmed that the Ford Shelby GT will go on sale in January 2007, while the Lincoln MKS flagship sedan will arrive in 2008.
The 4.6-litre, 325-hp Shelby GT will be positioned between the Mustang GT and Ford Shelby GT500, both in performance and appearance. It is a retail version of the Shelby GT-H Mustang shown at the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
The Lincoln MKS is based on a concept vehicle shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The company will use it as its next major step in reestablishing Lincoln as a premier luxury brand. It will also feature a capless fuel filler, first used in Ford racing.