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1. We’re the guys who do our jobs; you must be the other guys. The Ford Motor Company put on a precision show of outstanding new current and future products, one brilliant concept (more on that later) and displayed a company-wide momentum that was palpable for all to see. CEO Alan Mulally has his team focused and on-message, and Ford – the domestic automobile company that didn’t take any government money – is clearly beginning to distance itself from The Other Two. Ford is now the one American car company – America’s original car company lest we forget – that I firmly believe will be competitive on the global automotive stage well into the future. Ford has the best leadership, the necessary depth of talent, a very competitive technological quotient, a visionary and tightly focused strategic Plan and a will to succeed that is unrivaled by the other domestic manufacturers. Ford is clearly the car company to watch, and it was evident for all to see in Detroit.

2. Lincoln Concept C is the Autoextremist Best in Show for the 2009 North American International Auto Show.

At the other end of the spectrum is the stunning Lincoln Concept C, a totally unexpected glimpse at what luxury transportation of the very near future might look like. Blessed with superb proportions and a low, wide stance, the Concept C simply redefines what traditional notions of automotive luxury are all about.

The interior elements, such as the all-white color palette, the chrome accents on the seats, instrument panel, door panels and floor, and the light gray wood veneer – made in this case from recycled driftwood – bristle with Lincoln’s design heritage. But the most surprising thing about the Concept C is that even though it’s just two inches wider than conventional C-class vehicles, it offers the roominess of a 1961 Continental at almost half the length. Or, to be more specific, the vehicle has the overall length of a Ford Focus and the overall width of a Lincoln MKZ.

“Lincoln C is about efficiency without compromise,” said Freeman Thomas, director of Ford’s Strategic Concepts Group, who led the Lincoln C design team – David Woodhouse, Jeremy Leng, Andrei Markevich and Matt Edwards. And to that end, the Concept C is powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will deliver as much as 43 mpg.

It’s natural for designers to be able to come up with a swoopy coupe such as the Cadillac Converj, but it’s much harder to convey beauty, substance and elegance in a package with the compact exterior dimensions of the Lincoln Compact C. Freeman Thomas and his team have not only redefined the future of Lincoln, they have redefined what the future of luxury automotive transportation will be, which is why the Lincoln Concept C is the Autoextremist Best in Show for the 2009 North American International Auto Show.
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The auto critics seem to love the C, while the blogs seem to hate it.

I think it is an interpretation of what might be...ten years from now.

I like how they used the c-pillar which harkens back to Lincoln's past.
 
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