Re: 2013 Lincoln compact CUV
Here's the deal...I can understand that Ford has let Lincoln wander with little direction for many years as of late. It is asking what few dealers are left to take huge leap of faith on a supposed upcoming line-up of several new or heavily updated and reworked models and invest millions in upgrading their showrooms and level of service. Yes, given the track record with Lincoln in the past...I can understand the hesitation. Given that Ford had chosen to let Mercury languish for so long is just as bad...but amazingly Mercury still managed to outsell Lincoln, even to the bitter end.
But...when you have cynical auto critics like Peter DeLorenzo of AutoExtremist.com, Scott Burgess of the Detroit News, and Keith Naughton of Bloomberg come together and all agree that what is going to happen to Lincoln, is "like witnessing the birth of an all new car brand" and given their praises of what Ford has done to restructure its own operations and be able to make the tough and hard decision of killing off Mercury, and we can see the beginnings of these new products in the all new MKX...I really think we need to give Ford and Alan Mulally and the team at Lincoln the benefit of the doubt here.
Ford has eyes to grow Lincoln into a truly global luxury brand, and Alan has a vision for Ford and Lincoln stores to make them in essence the Apple Store of the automotive industry. High Quality, High Tech, a showcase for the latest and greatest in design, technology, and practicality. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...Alan may have beaten Steve Jobs to become Marketwatch CEO of the Year and Fortune Magazines number 2 CEO of the Year, but Steve should be honored and flattered that Allan is modeling Ford's dealers after Steve's stores.
This new CUV built off of the new Kuga/Escape replacement...should be a welcome addition to the new Lincoln Line-up, and I certainly can't wait to see what Lincoln has in store for the market. This is going to be the year of Chrysler...but watch out, Lincoln is right behind it.
That's my two cents.
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