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Lincoln Mercury Open to California Ways

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July 15, 1998|JOHN O'DELL | John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations and manufacturing for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com

Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Mercury division formally opened its new world headquarters in Irvine on Tuesday, the first time since World War II that a domestic auto maker has moved out of Detroit's sphere of influence.

The division will occupy leased offices at 19 Technology Drive until sometime next year when a custom-built facility will be ready nearby.

Commenting on the historic move, Lincoln Mercury General Manager Mark Hutchins said the area is known around the world as a creative epicenter and that Lincoln Mercury executives and designers "intend to absorb all that California offers."

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