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Before you get on the road this long 4th of July weekend make sure you give vehicle a solid once over. Like Mario Andretti used to say: "There’s alot riding on your tires." So if you are a fan of the blue oval brand then you might want to pay attention to this.

Haven’t we heard this news before?

A car manufacturer recalls their vehicles because they found out there was something wrong with them. Now we have the latest recalls courtesy of both Ford.

It’s been reported that Ford is recalling 1,357 of its 2009 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators because of defective brake lights.

According to the geniuses at Ford, a malfunctioning switch can result in a delay in brake stop-lamp illumination and in some cases, could be the difference between an accident and a close shave.

Fortunately for the fine folks at Ford, there has yet to be a reported accident that came as a result of this glitch and to their credit, they`re not going to wait around for the first one to happen.

So if you have either a 2009 Ford Expedition or a Lincoln Navigator and you happen to notice that your tail lights aren`t working the way they`re supposed to, you might want to contact Ford at (866) 436-7332 to have this problem fixed. You never know, it just might save you a ton of money in potential damages.

The recall for the Explorer and the Navigator will begin on or before July 6.

Source: Edmunds

Times are changing and as raw power gives way to economy some people are talking about the extinction of the internal combustion engine, like Nissan Nissan /Renault Renault CEO Carlos Goshen. Fortunately for some of us gear heads, Ford’s Executive Vice President Mark Fields has confirmed that consumers will be seeing gas burning, piston pumping engines for at least the next 20 years. Mr. Fields also assured Top Speed that there is still a lot of development and technological advancement to be done, one of the reasons for Ford’s new EcoBoost V6 .

The American automaker Lincoln has announced that an EcoBoost engine will power the 2010 MKS . By the year 2013, Lincoln’s parent company Ford plans on using the same fuel-efficient power plant in over 90% of their vehicles. The 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 found under the hood of the all-wheel-drive 2010 Lincoln Lincoln MKS will produce 355 HP and 350 ft-lb of torque, all on regular grade gasoline. The twin turbocharged 6 cylinder provides the output of a V8 while returning a minimum of 17 MPG around town and at least 24 MPG during highway driving.

Press release after the jump.

Lincoln announced today pricing for the 2010 Lincoln MKZ that was revealed at last year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show. Competing with models like mid size luxury sedans Lexus ES350 and Cadillac CTS, the 2010 MKZ is priced starting at $34,965 for the base vehicle and $36,855 for the AWD model.

The MKZ is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 263 HP and 249 lb-ft of torque. The Duratec power plant is mated to a smooth shifting six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

The new Lincoln MKZ mid size sedan offers segment-exclusive safety features, like the Blind Spot Information System that is part of the Cross Traffic Alert function, these systems make everything from highway driving to pulling out of parking spaces much less dangerous. BLIS tracks vehicles in the blind-spot just behind either side of the vehicle using two multiple-beam radar modules behind the rear fenders just like the back-up sensors found in the bumpers of luxury automobiles. The CTA uses the BLIS radar sensors to alert the driver to approaching traffic while in reverse and backing out of a parking spot and just like the BLIS system warns the driver with and LED warning light in the side view mirror.

Press release after the jump.

Lincoln unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the new 2010 MKZ mid-size sedan. Sales will begin in spring of 2009 and production will be made at Ford’s Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant.

Lincoln MKZ

New for 2010, the MKZ features a new sport version with special sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, darkened grille and headlamps, and an interior with contrasting piping and unique appliqués.

Under the hood there is a 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine that delivers 263 hp and 249 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

Lincoln MKZ

The new MKZ also features Lincoln signature design elements, including the split-wing grille and thinner wraparound head lamps for a wider, sportier look. Its chamfered front fascia also shares a family resemblance with the MKS, with a sculpted hood and ridges flowing into the A-pillar. In the rear, the Lincoln MKZ features a new decklid with wider LED taillamps accentuating the width of the car and separated by the Lincoln star.

Press release after the jump.

After revealing the 2010 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln also revealed pricing on the new luxury crossover. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT will be available with a premium, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost powertrain as well, and all EcoBoost models will be fitted with AWD. The direct-injection, twin-turbo, 355 hp engine is expected to deliver not only best-in-class power but also best-in-class highway fuel economy, superior to both the Acura MDX and Audi Q7.

For the customers looking for more luxury Lincoln is also offering the Elite Package. At $5000 this package includes: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Warning with Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, Voice-activated Navigation and Power-opening Panoramic Vista Roof.

Press release after the jump.

Looks like Lincoln sees its future in the crossover segment. After showing the production version of the 2010 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show, it showed off the little C concept.

Lincoln C concept

This is a departure for Lincoln who’s line up has traditionally been larger cars . The crossover takes Lincoln’s hallmark styling cues such as the rounded nose with waterfall grille. In fact, this is almost like an MKT that got its rear end chopped off. The whole design of the car is rumored to fit over the European Focus ’ global C1 platform.

Under the hood Lincoln placed the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 180 hp and 180 ft.-lbs. of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 43 mpg on the highway.

Lincoln C concept

The name of this car may not be very clever, but it could be very telltale. The concept is named after C-sized car segment which is refers to compact cars. This designation is used more as an industry inside term in the U.S., and is more known in Europe. Could this car (that rides on a global platform) be a vehicle Ford is looking at more for Europe than the home market?

Press release after the jump.

Lincoln wants to change its image and go after younger buyers. One way its showing how aggressive it wants a youth market is by encouraging customization of its new cars like the 2009 Lincoln MKS . No better place to show this off than SEMA, where three versions will show up modified by 3dCarbon, Godfather Customs and RKSport.

Three customized MKS coming to SEMA

The 3dCarbon MKS comes with 22-inch NC Forged aluminum wheels and a five-piece custom body kit. Godfather added three video screens provide back seat drivers with their own access to entertainment and navigation. Outside it added signature 22-inch wheels and tires. RKSport went for a design kit that it believes will give the MKS a more "European" look.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

There is a design revolution going on at Lincoln. They are showing that American luxury does not have to come in an old-person style package. It started with the MKZ ’s waterfall grill and angular shapes, and now the new MKS is going for the long-nose, short trunk lid look that is characteristic of sport sedans. This is a language that BMW and Infinity speak well, but the softer ride of the Lincoln shows that it is really putting Lexus in its crosshairs.

Lincoln has a hard line to follow. It needs to make sure that is can still satisfy its current customer base of usually older people while attracting younger buyers to the brand. This means walking a fine line of making a sleek design that’s not too radical, and an interior that’s innovative but not too complicated. With the MKS, it seems to have found the right mix.

Lincoln unveiled the 2009 Navigator, a SUV that comes with improved fuel economy: an EPA-estimated 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway on 4X2 models. The Navigator is powered by a 5.4 liter, three-valve Triton V-8, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which generates 300 hp and 365 lbs-ft of torque.

Lincoln Navigator

Unique software has been engineered to regulate gas consumption by using aggressive deceleration fuel shut-off delivering considerable fuel savings with no extra effort from the driver. This complex fuel strategy is being added to many Ford products to help improve fuel economy across the board – including the new 2009 Ford F-150 .

Lincoln Navigator

For 2009 Lincoln offers three new exterior colors: Monterey Grey Clearcoat Metallic; Sangria Clearcoat Metallic and White Platinum Tri-Coat and a new package: the Monochrome Limited Edition Package for 2009 features unique badging, along with body-color exterior accents including lower grille, lower bodyside cladding, and power folding heated memory mirrors. This package is offered in four monochromatic exterior treatments: White Platinum Tri-coat, Black Clearcoat, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic and Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic. Inside, the package includes unique black carpet and floor mats, Ebony wood trim, and unique Stone or Camel seats with black leather inserts and black piping.

Press release after the jump.

Ford will unveil at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show the production version of the Lincoln MKT Concept unveiled this January at the same show. As previously reported, the production version will wear Ford’s logo.

The production version MKT will have the 1941 Continental-style bow-wave grille first seen on the MKS and destined to become a Lincoln signature face, a chamfered surface parallel to the beltline and a thick C-pillar, with very little other than overall dimensions to hint at its connection with the Flex. It will come in six- or seven-passenger versions.

In November at the Los Angeles auto show we’ll also see a refreshed MKZ.

Source: Motor Trend

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