Depending on how you enjoy your idle time, the 2011 Ford Edge and 2011 Lincoln MKX’s new configurators will either be another time-wasting exercise for you or something that could invariably lead to your next car purchase. Either way, both Ford and Lincoln wouldn’t mind the two scenarios the least bit, although we’d venture a guess that they’d prefer you choose the latter.
In any case, the Edge, which begins with a base price of $27,220 for the SE model – that’s for the 3.5-liter V6 engine – can be tricked-out to a 3.7-liter V6 engine with a 305-horsepower in the form of the premium Edge Sport all-wheel drive. That model will cost you an additional $10,000 plus at $38,070. Add some more goodies on it and it all tops out at somewhere in the neighborhood of $45,000.
Meanwhile, the Lincoln MKX begins with a base price of $39,145 with an all-wheel drive version that’s slightly higher in price tag at $40,995. Both variants will come with the same 3.7-liter V6 six-speed SelectShift transmission and SYNC as standard features. As far as packages for the MKX are concerned, there’s not much to work with because of the thin choices that go on the SUV.
Goodbye Mercury, it was nice knowing you. Let’s face, though, this was bound to happen. Even Jill Wagner couldn’t save the once great brand. Mercury’s sales have plummeted in recent years and the brand only accounts for 0.8 percent of Ford’s overall market share.
In a press conference this afternoon with Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the America’s and Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of product development, the automaker officially announced the end of Mercury.
With the progress that Ford has been making over the past few years, no brand-specific models were given to Mercury. Instead, Mercury was forced to sell, what basically was a Ford with a different badge. The cars that did sell were mostly through discounts offered to retirees, friends, or family.
Mercury’s dealer network is in the process of being informed about the decision and owners are being told that they can still get there cars serviced at any Ford dealer.
Yet, despite the loss of a great company, Ford isn’t feeling blue. Ford is using the demise of Mercury to refocus and beef up Lincoln. The beef up will include the 2011 MKZ Hybrid and the refreshed 2011 MKX. On top of that, Ford will give Lincoln seven all-new or slightly refreshed models, including the brands first even C-segment vehicle.
Lincoln will also be getting the EcoBoost motors across the entire lineup, including the next generation Navigator. Ford is clearly showing that they are committed to the Lincoln brand.
Press release after the jump.
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.
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/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 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.
With Jaguar and Land Rover gone, Ford wants to bring back the Lincoln name with the unveiling of new vehicles that boast brand-exclusive styling. Until now the biggest surprise from Lincoln if the MKS sedan that went on sale last month. But this won’t be the big news coming from the brand.
The MKZ will be restyled in 2010. All of the sheet metal from the A-pillar forward and the C-pillar back will be new. The MKZ will adopt Lincoln’s signature design cues, such as the split grille.
As reported few hours ago, Ford is considering rear-wheel-drive cars for the Ford and Lincoln brands. . Those large rwd sedans had been expected to go on sale by the 2013 model year.
The Town Car will be discontinued in 2011.
Lincoln will get a version of the next-generation Escape for the 2012 model year. The vehicle will be based on the second-generation Ford Kuga; the first generation debuts in Europe this summer. The fwd vehicle, code-named C506, is expected to be assembled at a plant in suburban Kansas City, Mo.
The MKX will also be restyled in 2011. It will adopt some of Lincoln’s new design cues, such as the split grille. All of the sheet metal from the A-pillar forward will be new. The tailgate and taillight designs likely will be new.
The MKT will go into production for the 2010 model year at the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant. Styling is expected to draw inspiration from the MKT concept displayed at the 2008 Detroit auto show.
Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Lincoln MKT crossover seems to be the main argument of Ford renewing the Lincoln brand. After many years of being considerated only rebadged Fords, Lincoln decided to begin reviving the vehicles with new brands like MKZ and MKX.
The new MKT will use the same architecture as the new Ford Flex but the resemblence stops here. Sources confirmed the fact that the design work is well under way but officially Ford did not reveal any clue.
Perhaps you didn’t know it.
Lincoln actually makes a pick-up truck.
It’s called the “Mark LT.”
2008 will be the last year for the Lincoln Mark LT pick-up, according to suppliers interviewed by Automotive News. The original plans for the next generation F-150 Ford pick-up included a companion Lincoln model, but Ford has decided not to pursue the Lincoln version in light of its disappointing sales. Introduced in 2006, it was expected to sell 20,000 per year. Instead, it has sold (...)
From the mid-90s to 200 Lincoln saled drop from 200.000 to 120.000 units. But in 2006, they were increased with 8.1% and with 6% in March. "It seems like this kind of retail performance might be more than a one-hit wonder. Lincoln might emerge as a much different brand than where we started two to three years ago."
The Lincoln’ surprise performance is the fact it has fewer models than it did last year, when the Lincoln Aviator midsize SUV and the Lincoln LS sedan were in the fold.
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