Lincoln isn’t most luxury buyers’ first choice when it comes to premium brand auto shopping, but with the shapely new MKZ the domestic brand is putting forth a good argument to raise its pecking order.…

2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD Road Test Review

Every time I see a new Lincoln MKZ drive by I turn my head. It's not the brand's new signature split-wing grille that captivates me, although there's nothing wrong with it stylistically, it's the car's gracefully sweptback rear proportions capped off with its elegant taillight treatment. From the rear, the MKZ is really something unique and special in a mid-size luxury sedan segment that's become all too safe and predictable over the years.

I suppose that's what I like best about Lincoln. In its quest to once again make a strong styling statement of its own and simultaneously gain greater relevance as a luxury brand, its design department hasn't merely been pushing boundaries but rather removing some of them altogether, boundaries that other carmakers don't even seem willing to nudge up against. The end result hasn't always proved palatable to enough premium buyers to reach critical mass in the luxury market (MKT comes to mind), but the new MKZ truly stands out in a very pleasing Read Full Story
Until now, adaptive steering is a technology that’s been restricted to luxury performance vehicles from premium brands such Photo: Ford as Audi, BMW and Infiniti, but Ford is about to change this…

Ford reveals innovative new adaptive steering system

Until now, adaptive steering is a technology that's been restricted to luxury performance vehicles from premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Infiniti, but Ford is about to change this with a newly developed adaptive steering system that can be fitted to any vehicle in the company's lineup.

The advantage of adaptive steering is that it can make driving easier and more engaging. Ford's system, for instance, reduces both the steering effort required and the number of turns needed for lock-to-lock steering when the vehicle is moving at low speeds. This makes parking much easier.

At medium speeds the system firms up the steering effort and provides good on-centre tracking, while still reducing the number of turns needed to make substantial changes of direction. In demonstration slalom runs, a Ford Fusion with adaptive steering required far less movement of the steering wheel to successfully negotiate the slalom course than the same car without adaptive steering.

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Premium compact crossovers have become big news lately, a fast-growing segment dominated by players such as the Acura   RDX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Now Lincoln is set to make a splash in the segment…

Lincoln launches all-new MKC compact crossover

Premium compact crossovers have become big news lately, a fast-growing segment dominated by players such as the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Now Lincoln is set to make a splash in the segment with the launch of its all-new MKC.

The MKC is the first Lincoln designed from the ground up in the dedicated Lincoln Design Studio, and the luxury automaker has high expectations for the new crossover.

The sculpted bodywork features a high beltline and low shoulders, giving the MKC a muscular, athletic presence. At the front the MKC gets Lincoln's distinctive split-wing grille, flanked by swept-back HID headlights. At the back, a unique wrap-around tailgate creates a clean look while also allowing easy access to the luggage compartment.

Inside, the MKC was designed to create a calm, uncluttered environment. Design details include a full-width instrument panel, pushbutton shifter, and one-piece centre stack. Rich materials are specified throughout, and for those seeking Read Full Story
After seven years with only minor updates, a redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator will go on sale later this year. The revised model   shows a new bisected grille in keeping with the brand’s current…

New 2015 Lincoln Navigator breaks cover ahead of Chicago auto show

After seven years with only minor updates, a redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator will go on sale later this year. The revised model shows a new bisected grille in keeping with the brand's current corporate image, the result being much less chrome for more conservative styling. Likewise, the new Navigator's updated tail end likely won't incite much excitement either, the design appearing much like other SUVs within the full-size segment.

The Navigator's new exterior now includes HID headlamps with LED running lights, along with full LED taillights. Standard wheels are massive 20-inch alloys instead of last year's 18s, albeit they look like they're only just large enough on this larger than life 4x4. A set of very attractive 22-inch rims is available as part of the "Reserve" package, and just might be the highlight of the overall visual overhaul.

Like the exterior, the new 2015 Navigator gets an interior redesign with improved plastics quality on most surfaces and authentic Read Full Story