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All-new Lincoln Vehicles are Quieter by Design
Oct-31-2014 7:00 AM ET
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DEARBORN, Mich., – Clever engineering and thoughtful design solutions help make Lincoln vehicles among the quietest on the road.

Providing an oasis of quiet is something luxury customers increasingly crave. An article in the Oct. 6 issue of Fortune, for example noted how high-end hotels and resorts are putting a greater focus on offering silence as an amenity.

“To attract a new luxury client, we’re elevating all aspects of the driving experience, including an intense focus on providing a quiet interior,” said Scott Tobin, director, Lincoln Product Development. “A combination of engineering, manufacturing and design related actions are being implemented to provide a calm, comfortable environment, and a better customer experience.”

Quiet by design
Even before the engine is started, the interior of a vehicle can be designed to provide a refuge from a hectic world.

Reducing “visual noise” begins with a strong emphasis on horizontal lines and thoughtful interaction between shapes. Shapes work together so that what occupants see convey a sense of quiet – forms and lines are arranged so they are smooth and flowing.

Rich and premium materials are comfortable, of course, but also exude a certain confidence. That confidence can breed a sense of calm, so authentic materials, such as natural woods and metals, combined with high grades of leather, complete the environment.

Hush up out there
Engineering and design elements that are used to create a quiet environment for customers include:

• Sound-absorbing interior trim panels capture unwanted sound within the cabin

• Acoustic-laminate windshield and front side glass help reduce highway-speed noise levels (available with 2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve package)

• Acoustic and aero-designed mirrors are optimized to decrease cabin noise levels by controlling airflow across the side

• Noise-reducing material in the pillars, carpet and trim panels, as well as enhanced sealing below the doors dampens interior noise levels

• “Do Not Disturb” feature on SYNC® blocks incoming phone calls or text messages. Calls are diverted to voicemail, and text messages are saved on the device for later viewing

• Active noise control uses microphones and speakers to analyze and capture sounds, generating inverted sound waves to cancel out unwanted noise
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At a recent Ford tech fair, many departments showcased their tech advancements. One of them that caught my eye was the many efforts to improve NVH. Carpets now are nearly 1" total thickness with a tight nap carpet, but thick layers of dense fibers & acoustic layers. Laminated acoustic layers looking liker perforated waffle textures using aluminum are attached throughout to keep noise out of the cabin, like underside, firewall, roof, etc. And we all wonder why vehicles are getting heavier. But I welcome them.
 

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At a recent Ford tech fair, many departments showcased their tech advancements. One of them that caught my eye was the many efforts to improve NVH. Carpets now are nearly 1" total thickness with a tight nap carpet, but thick layers of dense fibers & acoustic layers. Laminated acoustic layers looking liker perforated waffle textures using aluminum are attached throughout to keep noise out of the cabin, like underside, firewall, roof, etc. And we all wonder why vehicles are getting heavier. But I welcome them.
What is NVH?


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NVH = Noise Vibration Harshness

My dad was always a Ford guy until recently he's now a Nissan guy, but I remember growing up he always complained that Fords were never quiet and that GM vehicles were always quieter (back in his day comment). I saw this first hand however when I got the 99 Sable as my first car and my mother bought a brand new at the time 06 Nissan Altima, the Altima was way quieter than the Sable especially on the highway the wind noise on the Sable was almost unbearable and it was a top of the line LS Premium. Nice to see Ford is making strides to correct this. My LS is way quieter than my Sable or my moms 06 Altima but it could be better.
 

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NVH = Noise Vibration Harshness

My dad was always a Ford guy until recently he's now a Nissan guy, but I remember growing up he always complained that Fords were never quiet and that GM vehicles were always quieter (back in his day comment). I saw this first hand however when I got the 99 Sable as my first car and my mother bought a brand new at the time 06 Nissan Altima, the Altima was way quieter than the Sable especially on the highway the wind noise on the Sable was almost unbearable and it was a top of the line LS Premium. Nice to see Ford is making strides to correct this. My LS is way quieter than my Sable or my moms 06 Altima but it could be better.
Your fathers 99 Taurus was a 3rd gen model first appearing as a 95 model and far older than the Altima. But what NVH mostly comes down to is powertrain. What engine did he have, the early 80's designed 3.0L at only 145hp or the 200hp Duratec? And if he is comparing it to a V6 Nissan Q motor, I am not surprised. That was/is a good motor.
 

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Your fathers 99 Taurus was a 3rd gen model first appearing as a 95 model and far older than the Altima. But what NVH mostly comes down to is powertrain. What engine did he have, the early 80's designed 3.0L at only 145hp or the 200hp Duratec? And if he is comparing it to a V6 Nissan Q motor, I am not surprised. That was/is a good motor.
96 actually. 3rd gen was 96-99, and I agree far older than the 06 Altima however the difference was quite noticeable. It was the 3.0L Duratec vs the 2.5 I4 from the Nissan. Highway the Duratec was way smoother it was mostly wind noise and road noise that were worse on the Sable vs the Altima.
 

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96 actually. 3rd gen was 96-99, and I agree far older than the 06 Altima however the difference was quite noticeable. It was the 3.0L Duratec vs the 2.5 I4 from the Nissan. Highway the Duratec was way smoother it was mostly wind noise and road noise that were worse on the Sable vs the Altima.
Indeed. I meant to say it first appeared in 95, which it did. And yeah, door triple seal technology has come a long way since mid 90's for Ford.
 

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Sad that Lincoln continues to market on strengths that were once Lincoln hallmarks, and have since become the hallmark of other brands. If you remove Lincoln for this press release, and added Buick it would read in a way not utterly divergent from Buick's own press releases on its quiet tuning suite of noise abatement technologies.
 
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