Vehicle Pick of the Week: If you're in the retail business, this minicoach will be a great asset to your fleet.
TORRANCE, Calif. --- An LCT Magazine cover story to be released next week features Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services CEO David Seelinger detailing his future fleet plans to replace his Lincoln Town Car Executive L sedans with the next generation Lincoln MKT Town Car.
Seelinger’s leadership on the MKT Town Car will reverberate throughout the chauffeured transportation industry as much of Empire’s vast affiliate network — estimated to number thousands of fleet vehicles in the 20 largest metro areas — likely will pick up the cue and buy MKT Town Cars to seamlessly accommodate farm-in clients.
Seelinger cited several reasons for his evolved view of the MKT Town Car: He’s had a chance to drive it, his clients like it, and the vehicle he originally planned to use as a replacement, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, a crossover-styled vehicle shaped much like the MKT, was discontinued this year for the U.S. market.
“We bought much of the R-Class; it was a beautiful car, but it did not have a livery program and it’s not sold in the U.S. anymore,” Seelinger said. “We were impressed with the [MKT] Town Car. The livery package is very attractive. I don’t know mechanically how it will hold up [yet], but most Ford products hold up well.”
Seelinger praised the partially reclining rear seats in the MKT Town Car, rear center console controls that exceed those on the Executive L sedan, GPS capability and technology advances, and the overall interior comfort. “When we bought the [first] MKT, we took it to clients and they said it looked sharp on the inside, so we said it will be our staple now.”
Seelinger said he also realized the strong, longstanding business relationship between his company and Lincoln would continue to be an advantage in choosing the MKT Town Car. He always has valued the open communication with Ford Fleet Limousine & Livery Vehicles about resolving any issues or problems with vehicles. Empire CLS is a warranty shop for Ford/Lincoln so it is authorized to do all of its maintenance on Lincoln vehicles in-house according to official OEM specs.
COMPLETE ARTICLE IN JUNE/JULY issue of LCT Magazine.
--- Martin Romjue, LCT editor
Vehicle Review: As the automaker moves away from cars altogether, this SUV will become an even more important part of its lineup.
Vehicle Review: The automaker's new luxury cruiser is better in every way, but still doesn’t stir excitement.
JAN. LCT: The event proved the most crucial of industry skills — driving a vehicle — brings out the competitive spirit.
Arizona citizens are fighting back against autonomous vehicles by pelting them with rocks and slashing tires.
Freedom Riders showcase reveals the key part buses had in changing history.
TEMSA North America also provides parts and warranty support for its growing U.S. operator clientele.
Three models are leading the way into growing markets for the storied motorcoach manufacturer.
Vehicle Pick of the Week: Party passengers have plenty of room to get down and get up and walk around.
Ford has dominated the commercial van market in the U.S. over the years...has this changed?
Uploaded by a Russian Instagram user, multiple reposts of the photo ensured the shot was not lost.
Both are top sellers in and out of the luxury transportation industry, but in the battle for street cred, which comes out the victor?
These eye-popping stats illuminate the urgency of adopting a top-notch safety program.
The lone BMW on the list actually beats out one of the Rolls Royces and even a Bentley.
Vehicle Review: The ride quality is quite comfortable and the styling is pleasing.
The world's No. 1 online marketplace and trader for professional chauffeured and chartered vehicles, including all types of motorcoaches, buses, vans, stretch limousines, sedans, SUVs, exotics, and classics. New and used vehicles are available from sellers across the nation.
The best online networker to find quality affiliates worldwide and market your company.
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.