Lincoln has previewed its new Lincoln Black Label, which is a collection of new exterior and interior themes for Lincoln's vehicles. The Lincoln Black Label is being showcased on the MKZ and the MKC Concept. Lincoln Black Label eventually will be available on every new Lincoln vehicle. According to Lincoln, "Limited-edition design themes, ultra-premium materials, meticulous execution and elevated client service will be the hallmarks of Lincoln Black Label."
Ford is reportedly looking at adding new models to the Lincoln brand in fast-growing segments to revive the struggling brand. According to Automotive News, Ford is studying new segments like the premium small car and crossover segments, which are expected to grow significantly by 2015.
Motor Trend is reporting that Ford is working on a next-generation Lincoln Navigator SUV, which will likely see its current V8 engine replaced with Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The Lincoln Navigator is facing some stiff competition from models like the Mercedes-Benz GL and this fall a new Cadillac Escalade will arrive.
Lincoln has unveiled the Lincoln MKC concept, which is a preview of Lincoln's new small crossover and that is debuting this week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The small luxury utility segment grew almost 60 percent in 2012 and more than 200 percent in the last four years, which is why it's part of Lincoln's future strategy.
Lincoln has announced the launch of its new advertising campaign: "Introducing the Lincoln Motor Company." Lincoln was originally called the Lincoln Motor Company in 1922, when Edsel Ford signed the agreement purchasing the company from its founder Henry Leland. By reintroducing "The Lincoln Motor Company," the advertising campaign seeks to capture the founding principles of the company.
The fuel economy ratings for the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid have just been released. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is officially rated with a 45 city, 45 highway and 45 combined MPG rating. The 45 MPG rating also means that the MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient luxury car on the market.
Back in 2009 Lincoln debuted the Lincoln C Concept, which was a small compact concept car that previewed a possible small Lincoln. Now three years later, it's being reported that Lincoln is set to officially release a new compact model.
Today Ford has announced the launch of its new HF35 transmission that will be used by its front-wheel-drive hybrid models. The new transmission also makes Ford the only producer of front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions in North America.
Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant will add hybrid transmission capacity thanks to a new, flexible assembly line that will build the transmissions for the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
The online configurator for the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ is now live and with it we now know that the new MKZ will start at $36,800. Although Lincoln does have the small caveat on the site that says "prices are for survey purposes only."
If the final pricing remains true to what is one Lincoln's website, the all-new 2013 MKZ will have a price ranging from about $37k for the base MKZ all the way up to $57k for the top MKZ with the 3.7L V6 and AWD.
"The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance," said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. "It is proof of our commitment to deliver a new breed of Lincolns for a new generation of Lincoln clients - motor cars that are distinctive, elegant, full of technology and a delight to own."
The 2013 MKZ was originally previewed in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The production version doesn't stray too far from the concept with its sweeping roofline and design elements that draw cues from classic Lincoln models like the 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is set to get a huge panoramic roof when it's released, which will officially see at the 2012 New York Auto Show this week. In the meantime Lincoln has released a teaser video of the panormaic roof that measures 15.2 square feet, making it one of the largest retractable glass roof panels in a production sedan.
According to the video, the glass roof includes a wind deflector and moves eight inches forward at speeds over 40 mph to maintain a quiet interior.
Lincoln gave us a preview of the 2013 MKZ with the MKZ concept at the Detroit Auto Show, earlier this year. The 2013 MKZ will continue to share its platform with the Ford Fusion. Come back on Wednesday to see it.
Lincoln has unveiled the new Lincoln MKZ Concept in Detroit, which according to the brand "signals a significant step in Lincoln's reinvention, providing a clear vision of its next-generation vehicles."
"With the Lincoln MKZ Concept, we are not introducing a new car. We are essentially introducing a new brand," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Company group vice president for Global Product Development. "The MKZ Concept is the next step in the reinvention of Lincoln, something we've been quietly but aggressively pursuing."
The MKZ Concept hints at the production version that will arrive in showrooms later this year. Max Wolff, Lincoln design director describes the MKZ Concept's shape as a "vision of simplicity completed with just a few strokes. Our movement as a brand is toward something we call elegant simplicity. It's something warmer and more restrained, which is moving away from complex designs and traditional luxury."
Although the design of the concept is all-new, it's easily recognizable as a Lincoln thanks to certain elements like the split-wing grille. Iinterior features include a push-button transmission gear selection, an open, tiered center console and liquid crystal instrumentation. The interior also gets a reconfigurable 10.1-inch Thin Film Transistor LCD positioned ahead of the driver that operates with the latest version of MyLincoln Touch in addition to the flush-mounted center 8-inch LCD touch screen.
Lincoln didn't give any details of what is under the hood other than stating that the concept is capable of using multiple powertrain options with front and all-wheel-drive configurations. The MKZ Concept also gets Lincoln Drive Control and the Continuously Controlled Damping adjustable suspension. Like the recently unveiled 2013 Ford Fusion, the MKZ Concept also gets Ford's new Lane Keeping System.
Ford is gearing up to unveil all-new versions of both the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans at the Detroit Auto Show this week. We're gonna get our first view of the 2013 Fusion at the show tomorrow, but we'll have to wait until Tuesday to see the all-new MKZ.
In the meantime Lincoln has teased the new MKZ with a photo of the rear deck lid on its Facebook page.
In addition to the new 2013 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln is also unveiling a revised 2013 MKT crossover at the LA Auto Show. The 2013 Lincoln MKT gets a host of upgrades on the inside and out to hopefully help the full size crossover win over more hearts.
The 2013 MKT continues to be powered by either a 3.7L V6 or the 3.5L Ecoboost V6. For 2013 the standard 3.7L gets upgraded to 300 horsepower, up from 268 in the current model. Fuel economy ratings have also improved slightly with the 3.7L V6 getting 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, a 1 mpg highway improvement. The 3.5L EcoBoost carries over with its 355 horsepower. According to Ford, nine out of ten MKT buyers choose the EcoBoost engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed gearbox and the 3.5L EcoBoost comes standard with all-wheel-drive, while the standard engine only sends its power to the front wheels.
The front end of the 2013 MKT has been revised with a new grille with a lot of vertical grille bars. "The effort behind the new look was to change the proportion of the MKT from the front view. We helped make it feel wider and a bit less tall, less vertical," said Max Wolff, Lincoln Design director. "The execution of the new MKT's grille and the grille bars is a lot more refined and elegant. The new front graphic displays a lot of three-dimensionality, but it's accomplished in a calmer, more restrained way."
The 2013 MKT also gets a new Continuously Controlled Damping that improves the ride and handling of the MKT equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The adjustable suspension utilizes 46 inputs to feed data to a sophisticated control unit that continuously monitors more than 23,000 packets of information per second. CCD constantly reads the road surface and continuously adjusts the suspension in real time within the three selectable ranges - Sport, Normal and Comfort.
The 2013 Lincoln MKT will go on sale in the spring.
In the past few months Ford has publicly discussed the changes that it has in store for the Lincoln brand and what it needs to do actually make Lincoln competitive. Well the first of the new Lincoln models has been unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2013 Lincoln MKS is debuting alongside the also new Lincoln MKT.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS has been heavily updated and according to Ford it has "better handling, increased power, improved fuel efficiency, additional standard equipment, more refinement."
The 2013 MKS gets a freshened exterior in which everything from the A-pillar forward is new, including a softer grille, HID headlamps, front fascia, hood and front fenders. The rear has also been revised with new LED tail lamps, exhaust tips and a new decklid design. The interior has also been revised to be "more inviting and engaging." It also gets the revised MyLincoln Touch system with its revised user interface, standard operator assist and Wi-Fi functionality.
The 2013 MKS is powered by either a 300 horsepower 3.7L V6 or the 355 horsepower turbocharged 3.5L Ecoboost V6. The standard 3.7L gets a boost in horsepower over the last model's 273 horsepower, but at the same time its more fuel efficient with 3 mpg improvement on the highway. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic. The 3.7L V6 is available with all-wheel-drive, while the 3.5L Ecoboost has it standard.
Ford has added a bunch of new tech features to make the 2013 MKS safer like a Lane Keeping system that alerts drivers when they are leaving a lane unintentionally, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and a blind spot warning system.
Is the new 2013 MKS a step in the right direction for Lincoln?
The 2011 LA Auto Show is only a few days away. Lincoln is giving us a preview of what we'll see at the show with these teasers of the 2013 Lincoln MKS.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS is getting updated with a new hood and revised taillights that you can see in these pics. The MKS is also expected to get a new front fascia with a revised grille and headlights.
The 2013 MKT crossover is also expected to get some updates and will also debut this week at the show.
Come back for all the updates on Wednesday, November 16th.
Lincoln's controversial waterfall grille is set to be replaced according to the latest sources. Lincoln is going to release an updated MKS sedan and MKT crossover next spring and both models will get a different grille.
According to one source the grille on both models will be "completely different." It will not be as pronounced as the current grille and will be "more elegant."
The new MKS and MKT are expected to debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
Ford has been very vocal lately about its plans to hopefully fix the Lincoln brand. In June it was announced that Ford is going to invest $1 billion in new Lincoln models. Now were getting more details about Ford has planned.
Ford recently gave a preview of the future Lincolns and some of those details have been released. Future Lincolns will move further from the Ford lineup. According to Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of global product development, that means, "No more badge engineering."
To differentiate Lincoln models from Ford, Ford has assigned 100 people to Lincoln's design team. Previously Lincoln designers were also part of the same team that designed Fords. Lincoln also now has an exclusive powertrain development team, which will create unique powertrains with eight-speed transmissions.
Future Lincolns are also reportedly going to get push button shift controls for the transmission and fully retractable glass roofs.
The first all-new Lincoln will be the MKZ, which will be previewed in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
The next Lincoln MKZ isn't expected to get a redesign that will be a radical departure from the current sedan. Instead the next MKZ will get an evolutionary redesign that will retain its front and all-wheel-drive versions. Four and six-cylinder engines and a hybrid version will continue to be offered.
The production version of the MKZ is expected to debut shortly after the concept, possibly as soon as the Chicago and New York Auto Shows.
Lincoln has announced the changes to the 2012 Lincoln MKT crossover and the biggest news for the "not pretty" crossover is that it's now cheaper. Lincoln has dropped the price for the top version, the MKT with EcoBoost by $3,000 bucks to a starting price at $46,295.
The Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost is powered by a turbocharged 355-hp 3.5L V6 with standard all-wheel-drive. The starting price of just over $46k is the same starting price for the 2011 MKT with the standard 270-HP V6 and all-wheel-drive. The base 2012 MKT with the 3.7 V-6 engine and front-wheel-drive starts at $44,300.
To make it easier for those people that do decide to buy the Lincoln MKT, Lincoln has reduced the amount of orderable combinations been by two-thirds.
Lincoln, which has sold less than 35,000 vehicles in the first five months of this year is in desperate need of new models that are further differentiated from Ford's models. Ford CEO Alan Mulally recently met with Lincoln dealers to assure them that Ford remains committed to the brand. Sales are down 7.5 percent this year.
Last year Ford did promise hat Lincoln would get seven new or significantly upgraded models over the next four years, but we have yet to see anything. The first new models are expected this fall when new MKS and MKT models are expected to debut.
Lincoln spokesman Timothy Elliott told The Detroit News, "We're fully committed to making Lincoln a world-class luxury brand with compelling vehicles and an exceptional consumer experience to match."
Not everyone is convinced it will work. GM CEO Dan Akerson recently stated this about Ford's efforts to fix Lincoln, "You might as well sprinkle holy water. It's over."
It's being predicted that Ford will release a new compact sedan based off the Ford Focus and a new compact crossover in 2013 as a 2014 model. Will these new models help?
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion is expected to enter production early next year, on a new platform that's referred to as CD4. Ford expects a huge sales increase for the next Fusion, with sales in North America increasing by up to 50 percent.
Details are scarce for what we can expect from the next Fusion, but according to a source that spoke with Ford Inside News, the next Fusion Hybrid is expected to get around 47 to 48 mpg in the city.
The Fusion's brother, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has been delayed until the second half of 2012.
Ford has finally fixed its lineup and killed off the Mercury brand, now it's time to finally pay attention to its luxury brand, Lincoln. Compared to GM's Cadillac, it's easy to ignore Lincoln due to its lack of stand out models.
Lincoln has been an American luxury brand for 96 years, but today many buyers simply see the brand as more luxurious Fords. Ford is now committed to making over the brand.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal , Ford's head of global product development, Derrick Kuzak, stated "You think of BMW as engaging to drive; you can think of Lexus as refined. Bring them together and it is a new experience no customer has ever had."
That statement should give a slight hint of what we can expect from the next-generation Lincolns. The first new Lincoln models will debut this fall. The Taurus-based MKS and the large crossover (ugly) MKT are set to get a refresh and will debut this fall at the LA Auto Show. The two models are the first of seven all-new or redesigned Lincolns. After that we can expect an all-new MKZ late next year and four new models in 2013 and 2014.
We've reached the halfway point of 2011. With that we have a view of what cars buyers are ignoring or simply hate this year. CNN Money has put together a list of 10 cars that it sees as the most disappointing cars this year.
The list includes some models that aren't surprising, like the disappointing Honda Insight, which has failed to steal away Prius buyers and the Smart ForTwo, which is just too small for American buyers.
Which models do you think are missing from the list?
Check out the full list after the jump.
Once again gas prices are insane, which is prompting most automakers to continue to think small. Mercedes-benz has announced plans to finally offer its A-Class here in the US and other automakers like GM are thinking about small luxury cars with the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept.
Not to be left behind, Lincoln is said to be working on a new small car that will be based on Ford's global compact platform. According to sources Lincoln designers are hard at work on a new concept vehicle and it's likely that it will debut at the Los Angeles auto show this November.
Ford has already stated plans to build a new Lincoln model off of its compact car platform, so there is a good chance that we will see a concept version by the end of the year.
Lincoln has released data that supports the fact that its buyers are becoming increasingly more interested in all-wheel-drive equipped models. Every one of Lincoln's models is available with all-wheel-drive and it looks like lots of Lincoln buyers are choosing it.
So far in 2011, 72 percent of Lincoln MKT crossover buyers have opted for the all-wheel-drive version and 62 percent of MKX buyers as well. Lincoln's sedan models also have all-wheel-drive and 46 percent of MKS shoppers chose that version, while 25 percent of MKZ sedans are leaving the dealer with power going to all four wheels.
We're seeing the number of customers choosing all-wheel drive increasing steadily as drivers appreciate the benefits," says C.J. O'Donnell, Group Marketing Manager for Lincoln. "More than half of our crossover customers are enjoying the reassurance that all-wheel drive delivers, such that once they have experienced it, they don't want to give it up.
"We see all-wheel drive as a core technology option for the entire Lincoln line-up, both today and for the future."
Goodbye Mercury. Ford officially killed Mercury back in June of 2010, but now the last Mercury has rolled off the line. The last Mercury produced was the Grand Marquis at Ford's St. Thomas plant in Ontario, Canada. The Grand Marquis had been produced at the Ontario plant for the past 25 years. The last one went to a fleet customer. The plant continues to produce the Ford Crown Victoria.
Ford is issuing a recall of 14,737 2011 F-Series pickups and Edge/MKX crossovers that were built during a 6-day production period. According to Ford, the supplier of the body control module manufactured modules that may have the potential for an internal short.
If the module does short out overheating could occur and lead to a possible vehicle fire.
Ford is going to replace the body control module, free of charge...
It's being reported that Ford is going to build a new small Lincoln SUV at the Louisville Assembly plant next year. Ford is finally focusing on Lincoln now that it is no longer being overshadowed by Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguar.
The new small SUV would be built alongside the Ford Escape and would be smaller than the current Lincoln MKX. It would mainly compete with the Lexus RX, which currently leads the small luxury SUV segment.
Ford has announced that the new 2011 Lincoln MKX has been officially rated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway, with a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg by the EPA. Those numbers put the 2011 MKX at the top of its class.
The 2011 MKX is powered by a 305-hp 3.7L V6.
"The Lincoln MKX doesn't sacrifice power to receive its great fuel economy," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development. "Our engineers were able to deliver an increase in power and torque in a fashion that reflects the luxurious driving experience that Lincoln is known for."
The promotion comes on the heels of Ford's announcement to officially kill the Mercury brand and to expand the Lincoln lineup.
"Our commitment is to further grow the Lincoln brand and offer our luxury customers the premium experience they deserve and expect," said Ken Czubay, Ford Motor Company's vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Our free scheduled maintenance offer marks only the first step in our plans to further upgrade the Lincoln experience."
As was predicted, Ford has officially killed the Mercury brand. Ford released a press release earlier today in which the automaker has announced the demise of the Mercury brand and the further expansion of the Lincoln lineup.
Ford is going to end production of the Mercury brand in the fourth quarter of this year. With sales dropping significantly over the past ten years and a lack of new models it was only expected that Ford was going to kill off the brand.
Although Mercury is now officially dead, the news isn't all that bad since Ford has announced plans to expand the Lincoln lineup with seven all-new or significantly refreshed models within the next four years.
"We have made tremendous progress on profitably growing the Ford brand during the past few years. Now, it is time to do the same for Lincoln," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "The new Lincoln vehicles will transform luxury for North American premium customers through an unexpected blend of responsive driving enjoyment and warm, inviting comfort. We will also offer our customers a world-class retail experience through a vibrant retail network."
Ford is going to expand the Lincoln lineup with its first ever C-segment vehicle as well as the 2011 MKZ Hybrid and 2011 MKX.
Mercury sales have dropped 74 percent since 2000 and without any new product, the sales will only continue to fall. According to sources, Ford's top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury.
Mercury has long been a forgotten brand and the fact that it keeps losing models, only makes it worse. Ford CEO, Alan Mulally originally promised that the brand would survive, but it looks like Mercury is set to follow the same route as Pontiac, Saturn and Oldsmobile and Plymouth.
According to sources, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other members of the founding family all support killing Mercury.
Mercury was originally launched by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford in 1939.
"Lincoln's hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.
Like it's Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrid siblings, the Lincoln MKZ hybrid is powered by a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder mated to an electric powertrain. The setup puts out 191 horsepower and yields at least 41 mpg on the highway, which tops its nearest competitor the Lexus HS 250h. The MKZ can also travel up to 47 mph in electric mode compared to only 25 mph in the Lexus.
The 2011 MKZ Hybrid will go on sale later this year.
J.D. Power and Associates has released the results of its 2010 long-term dependability study. The study measures problems with vehicles that are three-years old (2007 models). Overall dependability is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
This year Porsche leads the overall nameplate rankings, followed by Lincoln, which improved by six rank positions from 2009. The rest of the top five nameplates are Buick, Lexus and Mercury.
Regarding specific models, Toyota took home the most awards with four segment awards, Honda took home three and Lincoln received two awards.
Mark Fields, Ford President of the Americas unveiled plans to launch a new small car for the Mercury brand in early 2011 during a meeting with U.S. dealers at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, Florida.
The new small Mercury will be built off the same platform that is also the basis for the new 2012 Ford Focus. The small Mercury is one of ten models that Ford is planning on building off its global small car architecture. It's been a question for years if Ford was going to eventually kill off the Mercury brand since Mercury hasn't had a completely new product in years. When the new small Mercury launches, Mercury will only consist of the Milan, Mariner and whatever the small car is named.