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Ford boosts production of two big SUVS at Kentucky plant

Upgrades at the automaker's Louisville plant will cost $25 million and include 400 new robots to speed up manufacturing

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Customers are paying an average of US$77,400 for new models of the Navigator, $21,300 more than the previous version. PHOTO: Ford

DETROIT—Ford Motor Co. is boosting production of its two largest SUVs.

The company says demand for the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition is so strong that it now expects to make 25 per cent more of them than initially planned.

The two SUVs went on sale last fall. Last month, the carmaker said U.S. sales of the Navigator to individual buyers were well over double from January 2017, while Expedition sales were up 57 per cent.

Ford is investing $25 million in the Louisville, Kentucky, plant that makes the SUVs. The upgrade includes 400 new robots to increase manufacturing speed.

The Expedition and Navigator are among the company’s most profitable vehicles. Ford says buyers are paying an average of $77,400 for a Navigator, or $21,300 more than the outgoing model.

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