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Visitors take photos of a Lincoln MKX SUV concept car at Auto China 2014 in Beijing April 20, 2014. (JASON LEE/REUTERS)
Visitors take photos of a Lincoln MKX SUV concept car at Auto China 2014 in Beijing April 20, 2014. (JASON LEE/REUTERS)

Shifting Gears

Beijing trumps New York for Lincoln MKX reveal Add to ...

Lincoln is a brand as American as apple pie. So it speaks to the importance of the emerging Chinese market that Ford chose to reveal the Lincoln MKX Concept at the Beijing auto show instead of the New York International Auto Show.

It’s the first time Lincoln has unveiled a concept car outside North America, Ford said in a press release. The current production version of the MKX is built in Oakville, Ont., and Ford announced that the next-generation MKX will also be built there. The new SUV will be the third of four new Lincolns coming to market by 2016, after the MKZ sedan and the MKC crossover.

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