Vehicles

REALITY ROAD: A Fleet Year With the Lincoln MKT

Posted on November 2, 2011

Page 1 of 2

Connecticut operator Charles Wisniewski gives the green light on the MKT. He has 10 retail versions in his chauffeured fleet.
Connecticut operator Charles Wisniewski gives the green light on the MKT. He has 10 retail versions in his chauffeured fleet.

NORWALK, Conn. — Charles Wisniewski can claim a rare milestone this week: Nov. 4 officially marks the first anniversary of running the Lincoln MKT in his 41-vehicle chauffeured fleet.

Wisniewski, owner of Teddy’s Transportation System, now has a mix of 10 new and used MKTs in service, with the first one just having reached 101,000 odometer miles. While Teddy’s still runs 15 Lincoln Town Car sedans, Wisniewski’s fleet strategy contrasts with that of many operators who are buying the last Executive L sedans in big batches so they can run them as long as possible while deciding what type of vehicle to buy next.

What’s especially noteworthy about Teddy’s MKTs is that they are retail versions — not the official 2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car designated by Ford Fleet Limousine and Livery Vehicles as the successor to the Lincoln Town Car Executive L. Lincoln starts taking orders for the MKT Town Car on Dec. 5 with the first ones rolling into chauffeured fleets in March or April 2012. The 2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car will differ from the retail version MKT in that it will have amenities, adjustments and modifications that make it more suitable for heavy-duty limousine/livery service.

Overall, the MKTs in Teddy’s fleet so far have provided more safety, technology, and comfort than the Lincoln Town Car, Wisniewski told LCT. He emphasized there is plenty of legroom.

Wisniewski adopted the MKT early because he wanted to embrace the direction of the chauffeured transportation industry and stay current. “We didn’t want to be on the other side of the curve,” said Wisniewski, a 2011 LCT Operator of the Year Award finalist. “We like to be out front. For years, there’s been a great dialogue with owners at association and NLA meetings, and we looked around at what others were doing, and thought this was the best choice. We didn’t want to buy the Lincoln Town Car while it was going out.”

So far, most clients who get the MKT like it, and the maintenance/reliability issues have been little to none, Wisniewski said. Two of Teddy’s 10 MKT have all-wheel-drive, with the rest front-wheel drive models.

“Once in a while, we get someone saying, ‘Why did you send me a station wagon, or why did you send us an SUV?’” Wisniewski said. “I wish it was a sedan. . . Aside from its exterior look of a station wagon, once you get past that, you have a graciously ample rear door, a second row that reclines, very decent legroom, and a higher profile seat which is very popular. You’re sitting up in traffic.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

2017 Escalade Still Ballin’ As A Visual Pleaser

Vehicle Review: If you’re the driver or front seat passenger, chances are you won’t want to relinquish your seat any time soon.

Genesis Scores High On Technology

Vehicle Review: The vehicle knocks it out the park with tech and it’s one of the most appealing aspects of this upstart luxury offering.

2017 S90 Sedan Is Big Upgrade For Volvo

Vehicle Review: This will be a must-have for luxury sedan buyers who value safety and comfort above power and overall ride quality.

Grech Minibus Will Sweep Tourists Off Their Feet

Vehicle Pick of the Week: Perfect for group shuttles, this brand new vehicle will pay for itself in no time.

Cadillac Creeps Up On Tesla With Plush Plug-In

The new CT6 hybrid pairs a little electricity with a lot of swank.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - May 2017 $12.95 Post International LCT Show Issue COVER STORY: * Best Operators of 2017: Their Winning Secrets Revealed * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close