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Lincoln Debuts MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine Models at International LCT Show
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•New chauffeur-dedicated Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine versions announced to fleet customers at the International LCT show in Las Vegas
•New Lincoln MKT Town Car offers a higher roofline, roomier, more sophisticated seating, a spacious trunk plus even easier passenger entry and exit
•Comfortable and productive work environment for driver and passengers enhanced by technologies including SYNC®, hands-free navigation, standard Wi-Fi capability and a rear view camera system
•MKT Town Car available in two body styles – standard livery version with available all-wheel drive, and stretchable heavy-duty limo with standard all-wheel drive
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 14, 2011 – Working from a proven platform that offers a luxurious interior with modern technologies, Lincoln is today announcing its chauffeur-dedicated MKT Town Car models designed specifically for fleet customers at the 2011 International LCT (Limousine, Charter, and Tour) show.

Two different MKT Town Car body styles, Livery and Limousine, make their debut in near-production form, maintaining Lincoln's position in the livery industry and building on the success of the well-established Lincoln Town Car sedan.

Lincoln's next generation of livery solutions using the MKT Town Car are modern, distinctive and high-tech, offering everything owners and passengers are looking for in a luxury ride, including up to 35 more horsepower under the hood.

“Livery operators are looking for a leading livery solution that is reliable and stylish, and the new Lincoln livery and limousine solutions fit the bill in every capacity,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “The new MKT Town Car will be the best available in the livery industry, working off a solid base as the perfect way to achieve the versatility needed for executive transportation or a night out on the town.”

The proportions and higher riding stance of the Lincoln MKT Town Car also offer easier entry and exit for passengers as well as all-wheel drive capability.

The level of craftsmanship built in to the new Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery and Limousine versions is evident with precise panel margins and the high tactile quality of interior surfaces and trim. Quality materials and precision-stitched craftsmanship are evident on every surface, such as the leather-trimmed seating. The vehicle also delivers a luxurious ride quality, consistent with Lincoln's brand characteristics.

The new Lincoln MKT Town Car Livery version uses a standard MKT chassis and is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with full technical details to be announced later this year. The heavy-duty Limousine chassis will feature standard all-wheel drive for stretched wheelbase limousine conversion of up to an additional 120 inches (10 feet).

In developing the Lincoln MKT Town Car, engineers worked hand in hand with the Limo/Livery Advisory Board, which provided key input on desired vehicle attributes such as performance, comfort and functionality. In addition to defining the quality, reliability and durability the industry demands, the Advisory Board also talked directly to the people who would be using the vehicles the most – owners, drivers and passengers – to get a better understanding of their wants and needs.

“Extensive research helped ensure we designed the new Lincoln MKT Town Car to truly deliver on the key needs of operators to improve their business and provide end-users modern transportation capable of full connectivity,” said Gerry Koss, fleet marketing manager. “These industry stakeholders made it clear that this vehicle was the right direction because of its great body proportions for overall comfort, including entry and exit. Also, the choice of two or all-wheel drive for the Livery model and standard all-wheel drive on the heavy-duty Limousine version was a plus, not to mention Lincoln’s reputation for dependability, especially with specialty vehicles.”

Luxury and Comfort on the go
With its exceptional attention to detail, the MKT Town Car Livery model will put its passengers quickly at ease, thanks to redesigned rear seating. The seat has been repositioned rearward by 1.5 inches for additional legroom, providing additional comfort and functionality. There is also a switch on the rear passenger side door that allows a rear seat passenger to control the front passenger seat ahead, providing even more legroom if necessary. The three-person rear seat also reclines for an additional level of comfort.

“Riding in the rear of the new Lincoln MKT Town Car will be a very special experience,” said Scott Tobin, director of Lincoln Product Development. “We’ve enhanced the rear passenger space so passengers can be both extremely comfortable and productive at the same time.”

The new MKT Town Car Livery model provides operators with a cargo capacity of 39.6 cubic feet, more than the outgoing Town Car sedan. With space to stow golf clubs or several pieces of baggage, the luggage area exceeds that of the outgoing Town Car sedan. A mini spare tire is also available to help maximize luggage space.

High-tech touches
The new Lincoln MKT Town Car models deliver a wide range of latest technologies aimed at making life easier for the driver and passengers. In-car voice activated navigation and Lincoln SYNC provide a smart and simple way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives.

“All of these tools will help drivers accomplish just as much in their car as they do now but with less distraction,” said Tobin. “With the latest Lincoln SYNC system, the driver will never have to take hands off the steering wheel when putting an address into the navigation system or when looking at the rear view camera.”

Key features to help passengers stay connected and productive while on the move in the new MKT Town Car include a USB charging port, a 110-volt power socket in the rear seat center console, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability for mobile tablets, laptops and other devices. The audio system controls are also fully accessible to rear seat passengers.

Limousine Heavy-Duty Chassis
In addition to the new Livery model, a specially engineered heavy-duty Limousine chassis is also available for the MKT Town Car.

The chassis can be stretched by up to 120 inches or 10 additional feet in length, while retaining the standard all-wheel drive capability to ensure a new MKT Town Car Limousine satisfies both operators and customers in all seasons over multiple lengths.

The MKT Town Car Limousine chassis incorporates several heavy-duty components, such as upgraded suspension, electric power-assisted steering system (EPAS) and transmission. Along with standard All-Wheel Drive, the MKT Town Car Limousine chassis also offers unique wheels and tires, unique wheel bearings and an upsized brake system.

The Limousine also has the standard MKT's third seating row removed, and comes equipped with a full-size spare tire. Available technology includes a rear view camera and SYNC.

“The MKT Town Car Limousine complements the Livery model giving us a comprehensive offering for every operator and passenger situation,” said Koss. “Both vehicles will deliver the features and content this industry requires, in addition to the quality, reliability and durability they demand.”

Technology Under the Skin
The new Lincoln MKT Town Car features the same safety technologies available to customers of the standard Lincoln MKT crossover, including the Trinity Front Crash Body Architecture. The energy-absorbing body structure is optimized for strength and stiffness and features octagonal front frame rails, engine/cradle/front subframe and “shotgun” front structural members designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment.

It also includes Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement architecture (SPACE®) to optimize side-impact occupant protection. The SPACE system integrates a hydroformed high-strength steel tube in the floor that runs the width of the vehicle from B-pillar to B-pillar and reinforcements along the rocker panels to help protect passengers in side-impact incidents.

The Personal Safety System™ combines multiple technologies to tailor the airbag package and seat belt functions to the individual passenger and the accident circumstances. The system can identify variables, such as severity of the crash, weight of the individual passenger and seat belt usage, to adjust airbag deployment force.

Key technologies and features included in the MKT Town Car models include:

· Puddle lamps on the rear doors
· Map and newspaper pockets in the back of the front seats
· Vanity mirrors in the headliner with integrated task light
· Continuous rear floor mat for both footwells
· Improved rear seating design
· Remote start
· Rear view camera
· BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
· Wi-Fi capability for mobile tablet, laptops and other devices
· Lincoln SYNC
· Voice activated navigation controls
· Second-row 110-volt electric plug and USB mobile phone charger
· Tri Zone EATC with Auxiliary HVAC unit

The new Lincoln MKT Town Car models will be manufactured at Oakville Assembly Complex starting next spring. Current Lincoln Town Car production ends this fall, and dealers are working with their livery owners and operator partners to ensure their fleet planning needs are met between now and early next year.



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Nice to see the Town Car name living on

Now offer this with real reclining seats as well as massaging rear seats with heating and cooling!
 

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Nice to see the Town Car name living on

Now offer this with real reclining seats as well as massaging rear seats with heating and cooling!
Luxury and Comfort on the go
With its exceptional attention to detail, the MKT Town Car Livery model will put its passengers quickly at ease, thanks to redesigned rear seating. The seat has been repositioned rearward by 1.5 inches for additional legroom, providing additional comfort and functionality. There is also a switch on the rear passenger side door that allows a rear seat passenger to control the front passenger seat ahead, providing even more legroom if necessary. The three-person rear seat also reclines for an additional level of comfort.​
tho it doesn't say how much



I personally hope if the livery trade adopts this wholeheartedly
that Lincoln will be allowed to make a sedan version
(old MKT-concept-based quickie-chop)

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The MKT definitely makes for a better passenger vehicle than the traditional sedan. I'm surprised to hear that it's components have been so substantially upgraded for heavy-duty use, I wonder how much of that comes from the Ford PI units.
 

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What is that horrible piece of "wood" at the back of the front seats? Why Lincoln put that thing there?

And no console between the rear seats?? No video monitor at the back? No reclining seats and surfaces to rest the feets? What kind of Limousine is this??

I will show you something better, guys:




And you know what car is this? A BMW? A Mercedes-Benz? A Rolls Royce? No. This is a Hyundai. the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

Why Lincoln is so incompetent and unable to do a decent luxury car? I'm starting to think Mulally must close these extremely damage brand.
 

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What is that horrible piece of "wood" at the back of the front seats? Why Lincoln put that thing there?

And no console between the rear seats?? No video monitor at the back? No reclining seats and surfaces to rest the feets? What kind of Limousine is this??

I will show you something better, guys:




And you know what car is this? A BMW? A Mercedes-Benz? A Rolls Royce? No. This is a Hyundai. the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

Why Lincoln is so incompetent and unable to do a decent luxury car? I'm starting to think Mulally must close these extremely damage brand.
There have been no pictures yet shown of the Limo.
What are you looking at to base this on? And that wood looks far better than not, on the back of the seats.

As for the TC replacement, I am sure Ford is capable of adding a center arm rest (especially since they offer it for the regular version), but do you think it is remotely possible that they in fact inquired to the customer if space for three was a bigger priority?


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The MKT also has an option for TWO Monitors on the back of the headrests.

Three seats are so much better here in the US. especially in mixed company

The MKT Town Car also has twice the luggage space of the Equus.
 

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What is that horrible piece of "wood" at the back of the front seats? Why Lincoln put that thing there?

And no console between the rear seats?? No video monitor at the back? No reclining seats and surfaces to rest the feets? What kind of Limousine is this??

I will show you something better, guys:

And you know what car is this? A BMW? A Mercedes-Benz? A Rolls Royce? No. This is a Hyundai. the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

Why Lincoln is so incompetent and unable to do a decent luxury car? I'm starting to think Mulally must close these extremely damage brand.
If you think that someone could mistake that atrocity you posted with a Mercedes or a RR then you don't know us or you haven't seen an S Class or a RR Ghost lately.

Also, if you think that a livery vehicle should be loaded with every single trick in the book then you don't know the livery business.

BTW, the wood panels in the back of the rear seats look simply stunning. This MKT TC certainly raises the bar for what its purpose is.

And the MKT does offer a console between the middle seats when you opt for the 6 passenger configuration (a dumb idea for a livery vehicle if you ask me), the foot rest are standard as they also are in the Ford Flex (Flex owners correct me if I am wrong)
 

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Also I believe those wood panels are real not plastic

Lincoln has been using real wood in their vehciles for a while. The wood in my 04 LS is real
 

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Also I believe those wood panels are real not plastic

Lincoln has been using real wood in their vehciles for a while. The wood in my 04 LS is real
Possible the wood is real, but is really ugly , and have no funtion
 

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It's not bad considering how much more practical it will be over the out-going TC. I really hope they build 2b2's version of the sedan. That is really nice.

The MKT Town Car (Is this the start of another new naming pattern???) has the potential to be like the Fleetwood 75 formal sedans and limousines of Cadillac's past if done correctly. Any chance we will see the ultra plush living room interiors? That will get my attention. Offer the adjustible/heated/cooled/massaging rear seat and have 2 fold up occasional seats in the middle for extra passengers. I guess the possibilities are endless here for customizing. I guess if you really wanted to get a little crazy here you could show a 4-door convertible concept based on the MKT Town Car with an actual trunk in the back.
 

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Possible the wood is real, but the pice is really ugly , and have no funtion
The wood trim in the back of the seat look stunning IMHO . . . and since when every piece of trim does have to have a function? What is the function of the spare tire hump r the vinyl roof?
 

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The MKT Town Car (Is this the start of another new naming pattern???)
That was my thought exactly. I didn't want to neglect your comment in my thinking that maybe this will develop into a naming scheme like; MKZ Zephyr, MKS Continental, MKX Aviator, or whatever.

I recall a quote last week with Mullaly saying he was reconsidering the naming scheme for Lincoln.

At this point anything is an improvement.

Nice chop, 2B2 !!
 

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That was my thought exactly. I didn't want to neglect your comment in my thinking that maybe this will develop into a naming scheme like; MKZ Zephyr, MKS Continental, MKX Aviator, or whatever.

I recall a quote last week with Mullaly saying he was reconsidering the naming scheme for Lincoln.

At this point anything is an improvement.

Nice chop, 2B2 !!
Interesting Idea, for the top of theline they get the classic name or something like that?
 

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The wood trim in the back of the seat look stunning IMHO . . . and since when every piece of trim does have to have a function? What is the function of the spare tire hump r the vinyl roof?
Sorry Sobe. I respect your opinion, but i think that those "wood" pieces are really ugly. And i prefer some trim pieces with function, like this :

 

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Interesting thought falcon....if money was no object. Do you have any idea what that Jag costs?
This is supposed to replace the Town Car, not something costing 3 times as much.

I too like the wood trim at the back to look at, instead of nothing but butt ugly black plastic like that Hyundai.
I also like the fact that I can control the front seat, from the back, so I can really stretch out when reclining. I also like the fact that I can have a fold down arm rest, or bring along more people if I like, as I am sure the customer buying these vehicles cares as well.

Oh, and AWD security and a heck of a lot of storage is nice too.
 

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Interesting thought falcon....if money was no object. Do you have any idea what that Jag costs?
This is supposed to replace the Town Car, not something costing 3 times as much.

I too like the wood trim at the back to look at, instead of nothing but butt ugly black plastic like that Hyundai.
I also like the fact that I can control the front seat, from the back, so I can really stretch out when reclining. I also like the fact that I can have a fold down arm rest, or bring along more people if I like, as I am sure the customer buying these vehicles cares as well.

Oh, and AWD security and a heck of a lot of storage is nice too.
The current Town Car in Signature L form has many of these features such as controlling the front seat in the arm rest. I had a chance to sit in one at one of the Taurus meets when I was a member of the TCCA, a member there was driving one. Pretty neat stuff but I am very interested to see the MKT Town Car in person to see if it has more room and if its more comfortable.

I have a feeling the MKT Town Car will be a huge improvement over the current Town Car
 
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