Lincoln has been courting the Chinese market for years, but until now, the American premium automaker had not really succeeded in establishing itself there. Until now, the brand continued to sell more on its home turf than on the other side of the world.
Until now. In 2021, the company founded by Henry Ford passed a significant milestone. For the first time in history, Lincoln sold more vehicles in China than in the United States.
In all, Lincoln’s figures show it delivered more than 91,000 vehicles to China in 2021, which represents a 48 percent increase over 2020. But there’s another edge to the sword, of course. Lincoln also saw its sale drop in North America last year, to a total of only 86,929 units last year. This is Lincoln's worst performance in more than a decade, but admittedly its results have struggled to gain ground – or even maintain it - since the late 1990s.
Prior to 2008, Ford's luxury division relied on sales that exceeded 100,000 units each year in the United States. No more, and that's why s the news about the results in China is so significant.