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Fate Of Lincoln Continental Remains To Be Seen

Posted on April 27, 2018
The Lincoln Continental has proven popular with chauffeured luxury transportation operators with its styling, backseat comforts, and technological amenities. (LCT file photo)
The Lincoln Continental has proven popular with chauffeured luxury transportation operators with its styling, backseat comforts, and technological amenities. (LCT file photo)

[UPDATED 5/3/18 AT 10:30 a.m. PT]

There are conflicting media reports about the future of the Lincoln MKZ and the Lincoln Continental.

From Tech Crunch: It’s likely Lincoln’s sedans will also disappear, although this was not explicitly stated in the April 25 press release from Ford. Lincoln sells the mid-size MKZ and full-size Continental — both share platforms with Ford counterparts. If Ford is phasing out development of sedan platforms, Lincoln will likely suffer, too. TechCrunch article here

From Torque Report: Despite Ford’s decision to kill off its sedans in North America, Lincoln says that it’s still committed to its sedan lineup, which consists of the MKZ and Continental. When Ford announced that it was killing off all its sedans, it naturally raised questions about the future of Lincoln’s lineup. A Lincoln spokesman recently told Automobile Magazine that it is “committed” to the Continental and MKZ sedans. Torque Report article here

From Topspeed: A spokesperson from Ford has said that Lincoln will remain committed to producing sedans. The next-gen Lincoln Continental could ride on Ford’s new CD6 platform found beneath the 2020 Ford Explorer and Aviator, but apparently, that particular version of the modular platform is reserved only for SUVs, at least for the time being. And the MKZ? Maybe it could be based on the current platform, which seems unlikely, or could switch to the platform on which the next-gen Ford Edge will be built. Topspeed.com article here

From LCT: Ford/Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles has declined to comment on how or if Ford's decision affects the Lincoln Continental and Lincoln MKT Town Car until early publicity on the announcement settles and more details emerge.

Analysis: Why SUVs Win Over The Consumer: You might be shocked by Ford's decision to drop traditional cars from its line-up in favor of crossovers and SUVs. Haven't we seen this movie before and didn't it end badly? CNNMoney article here

Related: GM Plans To Keep Sedans For Now At Least

Related Topics: Ford, industry trends, Lincoln, Lincoln Limousine & Livery Vehicles, OEMs, sedans

Comments ( 1 )
  • Hyon Kim

     | about 7 months ago

    Calling the current Lincoln Continental a "Full Size" car is a bit of a stretch. Pun Intended.

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