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Ford Adds Over 360,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Expedition, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, ford ranger, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury, Mercury Milan, Recalls, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Ford is recalling even more models equipped with faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The latest action, which is part of the NHTSA's planned expansion, counts a total of 364,523 vehicles, 327,796 of which are in the United States and federalized territories, and 36,727 in Canada.
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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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Alright, Alright: Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Say A Word In New 2018 Lincoln Navigator Ad 28
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, commercials, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Videos, video on 12 28th, 2017


Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey is back behind the wheel of a Lincoln, just in time for the NCAA football playoffs.

The new ad campaign, dubbed ‘Perfect Rhythm’, will feature two spots starring McConaughey and the 2018 Navigator, this being the first one.

“Perfect rhythm refers to the feeling you get in those situations when everything comes together,” said Lincoln marketing exec, John Emmert. “This is our most spacious, refined and capable Navigator ever, combining modern luxury with advanced technology that elevates every passenger’s experience.”

The video was shot in the Pacific Northwest by cinematographer Wally Pfister, who also worked on the “That’s Continental” campaign. The concept was to have McConaughey pull up to a railroad crossing and start an impromptu concert, although no train is in sight.

“This piece is all about energy,” added Emmert. “You see Matthew in control. He starts a rhythm and it builds, and he becomes the master of his experience. We’ve overlaid a complex sound design as a freight train enters the scene and rumbles by. There’s this wonderful crescendo of light and sound that builds and then ends as suddenly as it begins.”

The two-part campaign will air as a TV ad during the January 1st College Football Playoffs, starting with this 60-second video. A second spot will then air later on in the month.

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If You Like HUDs Then You’ll Love What Lincoln Has Done With The Navigator 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Videos, Tech, video on 12 22nd, 2017


Lincoln needed a reason to brag about the advanced head-up display of the new Navigator and what better opportunity to do it than during the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year.

Lincoln claims that the HUD unit in the new Navigator is a state-of-the-art system based on a chip with 400,000 sturdy mirrors and a higher refresh rate than other system on the market, employing the same digital light processing technology used in movie theaters.

All this jargon means that the Navigator’s HUD is visible even in bright sunlight and offers a big, customizable display that shifts around the chosen information based on its importance at that given moment.

“A typical head-up display duplicates information displayed on the cluster,” said Anthony King, development lead on Lincoln’s all-new head-up display. “But this display makes for a unique and easy-to-use experience for our clients. This eminently visible head-up display and the instrument cluster serve to complement each other to ensure Lincoln clients look forward to every time behind the wheel.”

If you wanted to find out which head-up display might be the best, now you know. Lincoln offers their advanced head-up display in both the new Navigator, as well as in the Continental.

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If You Like HUDs Then You’ll Love What Lincoln Has Done With The Navigator 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Videos, Tech, video on 12 22nd, 2017


Lincoln needed a reason to brag about the advanced head-up display of the new Navigator and what better opportunity to do it than during the winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year.

Lincoln claims that the HUD unit in the new Navigator is a state-of-the-art system based on a chip with 400,000 sturdy mirrors and a higher refresh rate than other system on the market, employing the same digital light processing technology used in movie theaters.

All this jargon means that the Navigator’s HUD is visible even in bright sunlight and offers a big, customizable display that shifts around the chosen information based on its importance at that given moment.

“A typical head-up display duplicates information displayed on the cluster,” said Anthony King, development lead on Lincoln’s all-new head-up display. “But this display makes for a unique and easy-to-use experience for our clients. This eminently visible head-up display and the instrument cluster serve to complement each other to ensure Lincoln clients look forward to every time behind the wheel.”

If you wanted to find out which head-up display might be the best, now you know. Lincoln offers their advanced head-up display in both the new Navigator, as well as in the Continental.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



2019 Ford Explorer Spied, Could Eventually Spawn A New Lincoln Aviator 6
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Explorer, Ford Scoops, Lincoln, Scoops on 12 6th, 2017


The redesigned Ford Explorer has been spied undergoing testing by CarScoops reader Brett Borgard.

Snapped at a gas station, the redesigned crossover is heavily camouflaged but appears to have an evolutionary design which will make it instantly recognizable. Styling details are hard to make out but the model has a new front fascia with a larger grille and a prominent lower air intake. Moving further back, we can see a familiar greenhouse and a relatively flat roof.

Little is known about the redesigned model but previous reports have suggested the Explorer could grow in size. Rumors have also indicated the crossover could come equipped with aluminum components – including the hood, doors, and tailgate – to help reduce weight and improve fuel-efficiency.

Speaking of the latter, the redesigned Explorer is expected to be offered with an assortment of different powertrains including a turbocharged four-cylinder and a familiar EcoBoost V6. It’s too early to talk performance figures but speculation has suggested the company could also offer a hybrid- or plug-in hybrid variant.

Ford has been tight-lipped about the model but reports have hinted the Explorer could be introduced as early as next year. There has also been speculation that the model will spawn an all-new Lincoln Aviator to replace the slow-selling MKT.

Thanks to Brett Borgard for the photos!

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New Lincoln Nautilus Celebrated On Film 30
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Nautilus, Lincoln Videos, new cars, video on 11 30th, 2017


Lincoln have started changing the nomenclature of their models, with the first one to arrive with a new moniker being the updated MKX, aka Nautilus.

Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the premium midsize SUV is being celebrated on film, where the Ford-owned brand uses words such as “beauty meets serenity” to describe it.

Regardless if you’re a fan of its exterior design, with a front end that’s similar to the Lincoln Continental, new tail lamps joined together by a lights strip, and generously-sized wheels, the carmaker will start rolling out the first units next year, as it’s scheduled to arrive at dealers nationwide in mid-2018.

Customers can choose between the three distinctive exterior and interior themes, sold under the Black Label moniker, including the Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Gala, with the latest one being shown in the SUV’s official launch film.

Moreover, they will also have to decide whether the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the one to go for, with 245hp, or if the larger 2.7-liter unit, rated at 335hp, is the smart choice. Both of them are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and get standard stop/start tech.

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Lincoln Rolls Out New Month-To-Month Leasing Service 29
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Reports on 11 29th, 2017


Lincoln has announced a new monthly subscription service that will provide customers with a seamless ownership experience and make life that little easier.

Announced at the LA Auto Show, the program will see the carmaker expand its current Lincoln Personal Driver service to Dallas, expanding upon successful trials in Miami and San Diego. Lincoln Personal Driver provides subscribers with a personal chauffeur that can fulfill other tasks, including fuelling and washing the vehicle and even running errands.

Alongside the expansion of Lincoln Personal Driver, the carmaker will launch a month-to-month vehicle subscription service in California that will offer clients a vehicle, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, and complimentary vehicle pickup and delivery. The service will be similar to Ford Credit’s Canvas program.

The car manufacturer has also announced a partnership with CLEAR to make airport travel easier. Lincoln will provide new owners with a complementary CLEAR membership, providing them with ease of passage through security at participating airports and arenas throughout the United States.

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Lincoln Brings Back Names With 2019 Nautilus, A Continental-Faced MKX 29
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Nautilus, new cars on 11 29th, 2017


Lincoln has taken the wraps off the all-new 2019 Nautilus at the LA Auto Show as a direct replacement to the MKX.

A mid-size luxury SUV, the Lincoln Nautilus will be available with two different engines. The entry-level one is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering an estimated 245 hp. Sitting at the top of the range is a turbocharged 2.7-liter engine delivering 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Beyond using forced induction, this engine also has direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and include Auto Start-Stop capability as standard.

From a design standpoint, there’s absolutely no mistaking the Nautilus from the SUV it replaces. In fact, its front fascia bares a striking resemblance to the Lincoln Continental and is characterized by a prominent chrome grille with distinctive headlights and LED daytime running lights.

In the cabin, Lincoln has implemented a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, hand-stitched leather steering wheel, and a large central touchscreen with SYNC 3 and supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If customers want the best Lincoln can offer, Ultra Comfort seats can be installed up front, complete with 22 ways of adjustment. Both 13-speaker and 19-speaker Revel audio systems are also offered.

As you’d expect from a premium SUV of this kind, the Nautilus has a suite of safety and convenience systems. Among these are adaptive cruise control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, active park assist, and an auto-hold feature that holds the car without the brake pedal.

Lincoln has also introduced its Black Label experience to the Nautilus. Beyond offering customers a range of membership privileges, Lincoln Black Label adds three distinctive interior and exterior themes to the SUV.

The first, dubbed Chalet, comes complete with Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers and Silverwood accents. The second, coined Thoroughbred, aims to celebrate the elite lifestyle of horse racing and combines Rich Venetian leathers with Alcantara, Jet Black, and Chilean Maple wood accents. The third is Gala, inspired by New York’s Met Gala. It consists of Carmine leather, Onyx leather and an Alcantara headliner. A number of aluminum touches are also included.

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will reach Lincoln dealerships this summer.

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Is The Facelifted MKX 28
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Nautilus, new cars, Top 5 on 11 28th, 2017


After waiting all day for Lincoln to show us that mystery vehicle they teased us with yesterday, the 2019 Nautilus SUV has just surfaced on YouTube ahead of schedule.

All we knew until today was that this new model was meant to “make a lasting impression”, and that it was going to be on display in LA next to the 2019 MKC. What we’re finding out though is that the Nautilus isn’t exactly all-new, but rather a significant update for the MKX.

The new name also brings with it a new design, where the front end resembles a Continental’s, which does help make the SUV look a little more elegant. The rear end however hasn’t been changed significantly.

In similar fashion to the 2019 MKC, the Nautilus also features a more traditional grille rather than that winged designed you saw on the 2017 MKX, while its headlights are smaller and no longer make contact with the grille, as they did before the facelift.

Inside, the changes are subtle, yet they’re there if you look close enough. For starters, there’s a new steering wheel, noticeably different than the one found on the 2017 MKX or even the new 2019 MKC. It features a clearer three-spoke design, and a new layout for the multifunction buttons. New trims, materials and colors are also to be expected, and the digital gauge cluster is a strong 2018-worthy addition.

As for the engine range and full list of features, we should know more about the Nautilus once Lincoln sends out the press release. Keep in mind that the MKX previously made use of a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6.

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Lincoln Teases A Mysterious New Vehicle, Debuts Tomorrow 27
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Lincoln Videos, Videos on 11 27th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks into high gear tomorrow and Lincoln has just released a baffling new teaser video.

The 10 second long clip doesn’t reveal much but it confirms the automaker will introduce something on November 28th. That’s not much to go on but the company hinted the model is going to “make a lasting impression.”

Lincoln is keeping coy on specifics but previous reports have suggested the company is working on an all-new Aviator. It’s possible the company could preview the model with a concept as the vehicle is slated to be launched in 2019.

The mystery model will be shown alongside the 2019 MKC which features a new front end that resembles the Continental and MKZ. The facelifted crossover has also been equipped with new LED taillights and an updated infotainment system.

Under the hood, the two engines will be available. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder now produces 245 hp (182 kW), while the optional turbocharged 2.3-liter engine develops 285 hp (212 kW) and 305 lb-ft (413 Nm) of torque.

The 2019 Lincoln MKC will go on sale next summer and the model will be available in three different Black Label themes.

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2019 Lincoln MKC Has A New Face And Various Updates 21
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, Lincoln, Lincoln MKC, Lincoln Videos, new cars, video on 11 21st, 2017


Three years after it went on sale, the Lincoln MKC has been given its first major update, wrapped up under a 2019MY.

The biggest change is found at the front, where the Ford Escape-based crossover gets a new grille and headlights, while at the other end, it has tweaked taillights, with LED technology.

Inside, it remains virtually unchanged, and customers should expect the same premium materials, joined by the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, WiFi, USB ports, optional panoramic roof and three Black Label options, among others.

Lincoln’s 2019 MKC also benefits from a suite of driver assist technologies such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping Alert, and Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter engines continue to power Lincoln’s updated crossover, which now make 245hp and 285hp, respectively, a slight increase from the previous 240hp and 275hp. Both units can be paired to the brand’s all-wheel drive system.

Being a 2019MY, the facelifted Lincoln MKC will arrive at dealers nationwide starting next summer, but before that happens, it will be displayed at the 2017 LA Auto Show, which opens its gates for the international media on November 27.

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Cadillac Offers $5,000 Off An Escalade To Tackle New Lincoln Navigator 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac, Cadillac Escalade, Ford, GM, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports on 11 8th, 2017


Cadillac is targeting Lincoln customers with its latest offer on the Escalade, as the new Navigator starts to roll out nationwide.

Any customer that will trade in a 1999 or newer Lincoln model will get a $5000 discount on a Cadillac Escalade, according to Bloomberg which confirmed the offer with GM.

This marks the beginning of an aggressive strategy for Cadillac which understandably wants to defend its dominant luxury SUV against the all-new Lincoln Navigator. Ford is also launching the new Expedition, which is also expected to steal some of the market share GM enjoys in the segment.

Lincoln’s new Navigator starts at $73,250 (including shipping) and comes packed with 75 new features, including WiFi hotspot and clever assist and packaging systems. The 2018 Cadillac Escalade starts at $75,290 (including shipping) and the $5,000 incentive can be grouped with several other deals the company is currently offering to either a purchase or a lease.

Ford’s desire to steal market share from GM in the really profitable full-size SUV segment isn’t a secret. “The profit pool is enormous for these large, body-on-frame SUVs,” Bob Shanks, Ford’s CFO, said earlier this year. “Right now, General Motors gets a disproportionate share of that. We can do better.”

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