Lincoln Continentals equipped with suicide doors won’t be sold in Canada, the automaker says.
Nine months after promising dealers it would bring back suicide doors on its Continental sedan, Lincoln on Monday confirmed the vehicles will be in American showrooms next summer as part of a very limited run for the nameplate's 80th anniversary.
Lincoln said it would make just 80 suicide-door Continentals for the 2019 model year. It will also make a "limited" number of 2020 model year vehicles, although it declined to provide a number.
But none of those vehicles will be available for sale in Canada because of “the very limited quantities,” Ford Canada spokeswoman Christine Holland said in email.
The 2019 "Continental Coach Door Edition" will have a wheelbase 15.25 centimetres (six inches) longer than the standard sedan to accommodate the same type of rear-hinged doors that were first offered on the vehicle in 1961. It's an effort by executives to leverage the brand's glory years and spark interest in a vehicle whose U.S. sales have fallen dramatically since re-entering the market only a little more than two years ago.
The car is a low-volume seller in Canada, too. Ford Canada has sold just 1,156 units since its return to the market. Sales through November this year are down 25.5 per cent to 406 units.