Lincoln will continue to expand in China this year, but the pace of growth for its dealership network will likely slow.
Ford Motor Co.'s luxury brand exceeded its target by totaling 65 dealerships in dozens of Chinese cities by the end of last year. That's up from about 30 stores in the world's largest car market in 2015.
But Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra said the rate of dealership openings will cool in 2017.
"The growth in the network won't be as aggressive," he told Automotive News. "We're being very prudent. We don't want to end up overdealering certain cities, so we have a very specific plan, city by city, but we won't be doubling the network this year."
Galhotra declined to say how many dealerships he wants in China by year end, but noted that the brand has reached most major cities, and is now focusing on smaller urban areas.