Just ten years ago, Lincoln was the top-selling premium brand in the U.S. market with annual deliveries of over 200,000 units. This vehicle line, in which they counted the huge Town Car from the period of the late 1970s, the sport LS on the Jaguar platforms and founder of the premium SUV Navigator proved to be a great success among customers, which they detested great comfort, high quality and affordable rates. Then sales began to fall in large numbers, so this Ford’s premium division finished in eighth place with the same number of competitors in the recently completed 2012th year with only 85,000 sold copies.
Lincoln larger problems began in the late 1980s, when Ford bought Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. Although on paper the famous brand, these three British companies were in a very difficult financial crisis and required a large investment. This is reflected in the Lincoln, in which he invested less money, and its cars are increasingly began to resemble less the Ford. The year 2006. is launching the first Lincoln with front-wheel drive, the model Zephyr (name later modify in the MKZ; pronounced “Mark Z”), made on a common platform with Mazda, which were also produced Mazda 6, Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. MKZ initially sold quite well, as Ford gave wings to completely refresh line of vehicles. Overnight off the famous names with rear-wheel drive such as Continental, Town Car and LS, and their replacements have been models of Ford and front-wheel drive platforms, such as MKS (Ford Taurus), MKT (Ford Flex) and MKX (Ford edge).
Ford plans to invest one billion dollars in the years to come to market offering seven new and significantly renovated Lincoln’s model by the end of 2014. Some of them, such as renewed MKZ, MKS and MKT, the audience has had a chance to see. At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled MKC concept, a small crossover, which has received very positive reviews of the media and potential customers. MCC should be on sale by the end of the year.
Lincoln wants to break through to the global market. At this point, Ford’s premium company is sold only in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and the plan is to break through the Chinese market and Do 2015. year and possibly breaking into Europe. When it is known that the Chinese market is currently the largest in the world, it becomes clear why Lincoln wanted piece of the pie.
Last year at Lincoln arrived renowned Australian designer Max Wolff is world famous as the designer of the Cadillac CTS. General Motors’ luxury division during the 1990s was in the same problems as Lincoln, but the introduction of the CTS 2002nd year, Cadillac is back in the spotlight. Audience has already had the opportunity to see a part of Wolffova when he arrived at the restored Lincoln MKS and MKT models. However, it is the third generation of the MKZ has shown how great designer Wolff really is. The 2014 Lincoln MKZ still shares a platform with the Ford Fusion / Mondeo, but with a more modern design lines, a great deal of premium interior and Panoramic glass roof. Lincoln plans to offer more standard equipment, at higher prices, which would justify a bigger difference with Ford. Lincoln will greatly renew their showrooms to be similar to the German and Japanese rivals have.
Luxury class of cars is something different and its customers do not expect a product that will make them as cheap transport from place A to place B. To them it is important that the car is powerful, comfortable, dynamic, and to find his appearance in the limelight and to show how they have deep pockets. If the 2014 Lincoln MKZ proved something, it is that Lincoln still gives signs of life. Early tests MKZ brought very promising results, although it is already clear that this car does not have the dynamism of the BMW 3 Series (and should not expect to have). If Max Wolff manages to offer its magic and on the rest of models of the company’s success is guaranteed. Otherwise, Lincoln will join Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Mercury, Pontiac and other giants American auto industry, which now rest in peace.
Now 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a midsize luxury sedan that comes in two trim levels: MKZ and MKZ Hybrid. Both come with 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, adaptive suspension dampers, keyless ignition/entry (with an outside keypad), dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated 10-way power front seats with power lumbar, driver memory settings, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and full power accessories.
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ offers three engine choices. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the base engine, generating 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The optional is 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, matted with a six-speed automatic and either front or all-wheel drive.
2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, continues to perform well for the brand in terms of sales. Available at the same price as the version with gasoline, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the most efficient fuel-efficient sedan in the U.S. market. The new 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid at the best shows that users do not have to sacrifice luxury to own an eco-car.
the 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for 188 total hp. The hybrid is front-wheel-drive only and uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to return an impressive 45 mpg across the board.
The 2014 Lincoln MKZ price range is $36,190 to $38,080.
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