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^ re: Lincoln being as prestigious as anyone else,
I agree with P.T. Barnum
specifically: MB & BMW ain't all that much imho, if they (& Hyundai) can convince/fool people anyone can

...The MKZ looks to be their starting point, and it is also encouraging to hear great reviews about the designs being shown. I wish he could have commented on the size. Will it compete with the C-Class and 3-series, or the E-Class and 5-series?
I don't go along with most definitions of "entry luxury";
I tend to think of size like in clothes or shoes, I do NOT want a larger size just cuz it's the same price.
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I've read that the next Z is a bit larger, which worries me.

The next-gen MKZ will stay about the same size and compete in the same category...the entry-level luxury segment. The trouble is...this segment has a wide size variety. The 3-Series, A4, IS, and C-Class are barely bigger than the Focus and other small cars, while the G37, MKZ, Lexus ES, Acura TL, etc are all the same size/close enough as American-style mid-size sedans. The CTS is an odd ball as well, that is why it will get bigger to be more in line size-wise with the 5-series, E-Class, etc, while the ATS will be the true 3, C, A4, MKZ competitor, etc.

The rumored small, Focus platform-based Lincoln will compete with entry-premium cars like the Audi A3, Lexus CH, Acura TSX, BMW 1-Series, etc.
The Z & CTS (& E-class, 5er, ES) are all practically the same exterior size NOW.
Audis and Acuras are "half-sizes" ie in between the others (as if more confusion was needed)
The 3-series is barely smaller than the current Mustang...on the outside.


IN all of this...
I don't read the name 'Alan Mulally'
where is he in all of this?
hopefully keeping the ORGANIZATION running smoothly and maybe throwing a few marketing ideas to Jim Farley. Imho Mr.M's skills are managerial and sales.
(render unto Caesar...who did NOT design chariots either
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...I'm also hearing two other new rumors...though one of them makes a lot of sense.
One, I am hearing that Suicide Doors are coming back on a future Lincoln!
Two...once the next Ford Mustang makes the move to an IRS Global Platform...Lincoln will get a Luxury Sports Coupe off of that Mustang Platform.

What do you think of those two thoughts?
I'm thinking those 2 rumors could very well apply to ONE car

The Mustang will remain 2-doored
the Continental (Falcon-paired) starts (& finishes imho) as a 4-door
therefore

in re-bodying the Mustang, opera-doors are less of a disruption than they would be on the flagship
UNLESS
they build a "Special" based on the more volume flagship sedan


I am personally excited about a possible return of a Lincoln RWD Coupe. But if Ford does move the Mustang and Lincoln to an IRS based platform, it needs to make sure the platform is better tuned and more capable then the current Zeta that the Camaro sits on, as well as the upcoming Alpha platform the Camaro is going to move to. Camaro is a nice car, but it has been criticized by Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and others for having a mediocre platform that can't put down all of the power GM is putting in...
a large part of why I believe the Mustang platform is "silo-ed" - will not spawn vehicles of any other size.
GM's problems are starting out with a wrong-size platform, trying to make it fit.


...and failing.


...I believe that the MKR will be a 2 dr and a 4 dr to compete against the BMW 6-Series now that a 4 dr will be offered...
I strongly believe that the MucK nomenclature must only 'darken' the F-Awd models
ALL Rwd models MUST HAVE NAMES!!!
 

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It most certainly will be my friend. From what I've heard from a few at some Lincoln Dealers that got a sneak peak of the new MKZ and a few within the company...the consensus is..."It looks like a baby Aston Martin". Those are the exact words I'm hearing.

I'm also hearing two other new rumors...though one of them makes a lot of sense.
One, I am hearing that Suicide Doors are coming back on a future Lincoln!
Two...once the next Ford Mustang makes the move to an IRS Global Platform...Lincoln will get a Luxury Sports Coupe off of that Mustang Platform.

What do you think of those two thoughts?

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That's why I think the spy shot taken last week by Brenda Priddy is the MKZ. :D When the rumors about how it (MKZ) looked 1st came around, that's what I remember hearing. Somewhere over time, people started saying it was the Fusion that looked like the Aston Martin. If you look at the silhouette of the spy car shot, it has that same "hatchback" look as the Astons. Also, historically Lincolns (luxury brand)( with exception of the current MKZ and MKX) have the full chrome around the windows while the lower brands (Ford {with exception of the new Taurus} and Mercury {when they were around}) only had a strip of chrome by the bottom of the windows. The car in the spy shot has the full chrome around the window. It also makes more since in my opinion that the MKZ (luxury car) would resemble an exotic car more than the Fusion (lower brand).:cool:
 

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That's why I think the spy shot taken last week by Brenda Priddy is the MKZ. :D When the rumors about how it (MKZ) looked 1st came around, that's what I remember hearing. Somewhere over time, people started saying it was the Fusion that looked like the Aston Martin. If you look at the silhouette of the spy car shot, it has that same "hatchback" look as the Astons. Also, historically Lincolns (luxury brand)( with exception of the current MKZ and MKX) have the full chrome around the windows while the lower brands (Ford {with exception of the new Taurus} and Mercury {when they were around}) only had a strip of chrome by the bottom of the windows. The car in the spy shot has the full chrome around the window. It also makes more since in my opinion that the MKZ (luxury car) would resemble an exotic car more than the Fusion (lower brand).:cool:
I'll be happy as long as only one OR the other looks like an Aston Martin. If they both look like Aston Martins, but with different lights and grills, Lincoln is doomed.
 

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...Also, historically Lincolns (luxury brand)( with exception of the current MKZ and MKX) have the full chrome around the windows while the lower brands (Ford {with exception of the new Taurus} and Mercury {when they were around}) only had a strip of chrome by the bottom of the windows. The car in the spy shot has the full chrome around the window...
GOOD reasoning, BMuscl

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I'll be happy as long as only one OR the other looks like an Aston Martin. If they both look like Aston Martins, but with different lights and grills, Lincoln is doomed.
yup
altho-&-unfortunately I'm paranoid enough to think it could be even worse - where the Fusion looks like an AM and the Z doesn't (ie look that good) :yikes:

BUT
trying to be hopeful (not for very much longer)
I remember the first Z comments saying it looked like a Jag, not an Aston
&so, maybe the Aston-Fusion would just have a grille like the Focus Electric
 

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With next year being an election year, isn't it about time we kicked Cadillac out of the White House as well?? Lincoln should show a proposed Presidential Lincoln Limo for whomever next years new President will be. Please no SUV/CUV looking limo. It's time to get Lincoln back into the White House. Cadillac has been there long enough. Any thoughts? It would be a great way to showcase the new design themes for Lincoln.
 

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With next year being an election year, isn't it about time we kicked Cadillac out of the White House as well?? Lincoln should show a proposed Presidential Lincoln Limo for whomever next years new President will be. Please no SUV/CUV looking limo. It's time to get Lincoln back into the White House. Cadillac has been there long enough. Any thoughts? It would be a great way to showcase the new design themes for Lincoln.
I agree totally! Though I think Lincoln unfortunately would make an armored version of the MKT limo rather than a stretched/armored MKS. :-(
 

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When was the last time a lincoln was the official presidential vehicle? I think it was during the 1980's. It's time for a Lincoln again complete with safety clear bubbletop.
 

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That would work. The President is confused about where he wants to lead the Country and Lincoln is confused about where it wants to lead the Division. Interesting......
 

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At least Lincoln has direction and a plan. It hasn't been fully shown yet. Ford knows exactly what they are doing to bring the Lincoln Brand back to the original mission.

Look back 11 or so years ago as to why Lincoln is in the mess it is today. It wasn't by choice. PAG (Jaguar, AM, Volvo) was the cause. Now without PAG, Lincoln can move back to the status it had before. It takes time and money. Mercury for now was the sacrifice so Lincoln can be rebuilt. Maybe someday when Lincoln is back and respected again, there will be room for the return of Mercury. Nobody knows if/when that will happen. The Ford Brand is better than it was 5 years ago and 5 years from now the same will be said of Lincoln.

While the current Lincoln's are ok for the most part. They were designed when it was decided to drop Lincoln into Mercury (entry luxury) territory back in 2002 or thereabouts and had that thought in mind when creating future products such as S,Z,T,& X and no return of the Continental. The current S, T, X and Z would have made perfect Mercury's. The roll that Lincoln was pushed into so PAG could be the Premium Luxury Brands. Now the reverse is happening. It doesn't happen overnight and takes time. Just as Lincoln was pushed down it will take time to push right back up and succeed.
 

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I am wondering why the internet isn't filled with comments about the new Lincolns were gonna show to Employees. Have they been shown yet or were they so underwhelming that no one even cared to comment. I heard that the new MKZ was MARVELOUS from a friend but I haven't heard much else.
 

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Lincoln Experience Managers

thanks to "Marginal Economist" @ BON
Another 20+ Lincoln employees will be in the field working with dealers over the next 60 days.
www.mycareer.ford.com/jobDescription.asp?iSReqid=2494
Lincoln Experience Manager (Marketing)
Ford Company > Ford Function > Ford Component

Ford Motor Company>Marketing Sales & Service>Marketing & Sales

Job Details:
At Ford Motor Company, we are dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling high quality vehicles that meet the diverse needs of our customers. We believe our employees and the different perspectives that they bring to the business are the driving force behind our success. Come discover a company that is focused on the quality of our vehicles, the environment, the community and the world in which we live.

Major Responsibilities:
• The focus of this position will be to lead tactical execution and implementation of the (luxury) Lincoln "Customer Experience Strategy" within a Market Area.

Responsibilities include the following:
• Develop / create the overall Lincoln in-Dealership consumer experience in the top 130 MP / MSA dealerships:
• Execute in-Dealership Training for the Lincoln Customer Experience including extensive cultural, process and product training in each dealership
• Launch and sustain training regarding "Privileges of Lincoln Ownership" benefits and process in-Dealership
• Establish and co-ordinate Dealership Operating Standards throughout facility including all Customer Touchpoints (Sales, Service, Administrative)
• Manage cultural change throughout the dealership including organizational and process transformation
• Establish and monitor "Certified Sales Consultant Training" from an "experience point-of-view"
• Proactively support high priority / VIP customer concerns, assist Specialist's efforts
• Create and execute in-dealership and in-market customer experience programs
• Reposition / Reestablish Lincoln by developing / launching a brand plan focusing on key alliances in local markets:
• Brand Associations
• Brand Partners
• Corporate Citizenship / Charitable Endowment
• Co-ordinate plan with Lincoln Marketing Sales and Service Operations Manager
• Improve Lincoln Sales & Service Satisfaction, Sales & Service Loyalty, and Consumer Experience Metrics
• Achieve Lincoln brand Sales and Share / VIN Share Objectives

Interactions (Internal and External):
• Key Internal Interfaces:
• Lincoln Group Marketing
• Consumer Experience
• Market Representation / Business Management
• FCSD – Customer Experience Manager & Lincoln Service
• Field Operations
• PR – Direct Impact
• Finance / Purchasing
• Company Leadership
• Ford Credit
External Interfaces:
Lincoln Dealer Principals / Key Dealership Personnel

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
We have a commitment to our products and customers, but also know that our employees are the driving force behind our success. Find out what it is like to love your job. Come discover a Company that is focused on designing better cars, but also cares about you, your family and your community. By choice, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

Level(s) of Responsibility:
Experienced Professional

Hiring Location(s):
Michigan, USA

Employment Type:
Full time
 
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