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There was a time when Detroit was the capital of the luxury sedan. Chrome-covered V8-powered cars from Lincoln, Cadillac, and Chrysler were the pinnacle of style, status symbols coveted the world over. But not anymore. Sedan sales have slumped and two of the Detroit Three aren’t even building a luxury sedan in 2024. But back when they did, those cars were assembled in Mexico or Canada. Only Cadillac is still proudly assembling its CT4 and CT5 sedans in Michigan. Here’s what happened to the others.

Lincoln’s final sedan was the MKZ. This mid-size car actually started life as the Zephyr (2006), but became the Lincoln MKZ by 2007. It shared its underpinnings with the Ford Fusion. Both cars offered gasoline-hybrid powertrains and non-hybrid V6s. And both cars were assembled at Ford’s “Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant” which is located in northwestern Mexico, five hours south of Tucson.

Ford Motor Company does build some Lincolns in the U.S. For example, the Lincoln Aviator is built in Chicago, Illinois. But the Lincoln Nautilus is now 100% assembled in China and shipped to the U.S.

The 2024 CT4-V Blackwing offers more power
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While many cars were going midsize and FWD, Dodge proudly rolled out a new four-door, RWD sedan in 2005: the reincarnated Dodge Charger. Chrysler Corporation sold the same chassis badged as the Chrysler 300. It was always built at one of Chrysler’s plants across the river from Detroit, in Ontario. By the end of the Chrysler 300’s run, its Hemi V8 engines were only built at the company’s engine plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

For the time being, the only Chrysler for sale is the Pacifica minivan. It is built in Windsor, Ontario. Chrysler Corporation still builds its Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator, Cherokee L, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer in the U.S.–alongside the Ram 1500 pickup trucks.

Even after Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company moved all sedan production out of the country, General Motors proudly kept building sedans at its Lansing Grand River Assembly facility in Michigan. And it still builds them to this day. If you want a luxury sedan from GM, you can choose between either the midsize Cadillac CT4 or the full-size Cadillac CT5. The latter of which is available with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the “Blackwing” trim. If you want a cheaper sedan, the 2024 Chevrolet Malibu (which is on the same chassis as the CT4) starts at $25,100.

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