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    Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    MT here, and USA today here.

    Important info from both is it looks like Monday's event was a "webcast," no ride and drive (in fact, the MT blub makes specific mention of the fact that they haven't driven it yet )

    Other info include confirmation that the MKZ's grille is more or less the "face" of the Lincoln lineup for the future and further verification that the MKZ was essentially done before Wolff arrived, so I guess everything else except the grille about future Lincolns can change.

    At least it appears that Lincoln is being realistic about their market positioning (or lack thereof) and who they're aiming at. It sounds like a good, embryonic start to me.

    But for a vehicle arriving at dealers by year's end that's being built right now, it makes me again wonder when the media rides and drives will be?

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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    Thanks, Iiari
    I posted a more general DetroitFreePress article in the Farley Mgmt-team thread

    that MotorTrend article impressed me* esp the summation (& a subtle contrast) in the first 2 paragraphs
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    Quote Originally Posted by MxW by MT
    ...'flying wing' grille ... will be the face of Lincoln for the time being...
    guess one more quote and I'll believe it :wink:
    with one *exception: "...17-inch brakes (versus 16 inches, for the Fusion)..."
    OK, it's easy to figure out they meant base-wheels

    from USA Today tho
    "...The 2013 MKZ is bigger outside than the car it replaces and weighs more, but according to published specifications it has less overall room inside and a smaller trunk and fuel tank.."
    REALLY?
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    WTHeck???:
    "...The MKZ is the first new design among seven new or refreshed models in three years that Lincoln promised last November at the L.A. Auto Show as it rolled out a refreshed MKT crossover and MKS flagship sedan. Among the coming Lincolns is expected to be a new-to-the-brand, entry-level compact, smaller than the MKZ..."

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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    Thanks for posting, Iiari!

    Quote Originally Posted by 2b2 View Post
    guess one more quote and I'll believe it :wink:
    with one *exception: "...17-inch brakes (versus 16 inches, for the Fusion)..."
    OK, it's easy to figure out they meant base-wheels
    It sounds like he can't wait to create his own designs. I wonder what Max thinks Lincolns should look like.
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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    Quote Originally Posted by nruggiero View Post
    It sounds like he can't wait to create his own designs. I wonder what Max thinks Lincolns should look like.
    that question sure deserves its own smilie, N.R.!

    my first hope is that all grille and tail light designs become harmonious & at least somewhat related

    2nd is that he makes a PLAN(s) for direction(s) to take 5 - 10 - 20 years down the line (course changes are inevitable but without some guiding philosophy...is how we got 4 unrelated design themes sold concurrently)

    third is maybe that MxW takes a look at Mission:LINCOLN
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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    couldn't find a thread where we were talking about how soon Z's would arrive at dealers
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    here's a blurb from phharval.com's StartUP-BuildOut

    the new Z's Job 1 date is shown as 5 Nov 2012 now
    at least the report is dated Nov 9
    so it seems definite AT LAST and can't/won't slip any farther

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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    Quote Originally Posted by 2b2 View Post
    couldn't find a thread where we were talking about how soon Z's would arrive at dealers
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    here's a blurb from phharval.com's StartUP-BuildOut

    the new Z's Job 1 date is shown as 5 Nov 2012 now
    at least the report is dated Nov 9
    so it seems definite AT LAST and can't/won't slip any farther
    Where are you seeing 11/5 job1? It doesn't say that on the phharval link.

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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
    Where are you seeing 11/5 job1? It doesn't say that on the phharval link.
    unless I'm mis-reading this, xgman,
    the next model to the 2012 MKZ is the new 2013 MKZ

    dunno why they posted it that^ way

    otoh
    I've seen a post elsewhere
    - claiming some dealers are already receiving stock Z's
    - and calling that date into question

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    Re: Motor Trend and USA Today MKZ blurbs

    See it now. If any dealers are receiving stock that signals a "soon" start to pre-orders I would think. They just need to get them underway. I cringe at the 2013 MKZ = 10-12 weeks bit though on that chart.

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