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Ford Releasing Software Update to Improve C-MAX, Fusion, MKZ Hybrids’ MPG

July 17th, 2013

Ford Software Update Improves 2013 Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

Ford Motor Company has announced a free software update offered to owners of all 77,000 or so model-year 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid cars that will improve real-world fuel efficiency.

Responding to early adopters’ concerns that these cars have trouble attaining their EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings (47 combined mpg for the C-MAX and Fusion, 45 combined for the MKZ), Ford has made a number of changes to its hybrid system.

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Lincoln Set for Big Rebound in 2013

April 26th, 2013

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After recent production difficulties and the lowest sales figures in 30 years, The Lincoln Motor Company is on the rebound, brand chief Jim Farley says.

Ford’s 2012/2013 reinvention of its struggling luxury marque, bringing a new name, millions spent on Super Bowl advertising and an all-new sedan, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, has not gone as well as expected. For the last several months, the MKZ has seen delays in making its way from the factory in Hermosillo, Mexico to dealerships, as Ford has sent each Ford Fusion-based luxury midsize to home base in Flat Rock, Michigan for extra quality inspection. This left potential buyers in the cold, unable to find the car they wanted, as well as confirmed buyers waiting months for delivery.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Deal: $1,000 Cash Back

April 26th, 2013

Lincoln MKZ May June July 2013 Incentives $1000 Cash Back Low APR

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan is all-new from the ground up, the vanguard for a new Lincoln Motor Company promising big things in the years to come. Though it shares a chassis with the hot-selling new 2013 Fusion, the Lincoln is a much more luxurious car inside and out. After a slew of forgettable products, early signs point to great success for the front-wheel drive luxury midsize.

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Ford Posts $2.1 Billion Profit for Q1 of 2013

April 24th, 2013

Ford Posts Best North American Profit Since 2000

Ford Motor Company has just released its quarterly financial report for Q1 2013, and things are looking strong at Dearborn. The company’s pretax profit of $2.1 billion on net income of $1.6 billion is down slightly from last year’s figure, but Ford has now posted 15 consecutive profitable quarters.

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How the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Drives Itself

January 8th, 2013

2013 Lincoln MKZ: the First Self-Driving Car

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is a sharp new luxury sedan that offers drivers a couple of cutting-edge new active safety systems that, when combined, take us one step closer to a world of fully autonomous cars.

Making use of a forward-facing camera mounted in the rearview mirror, Lincoln’s Lane-Keeping System promises the ability to correct the vehicle’s path within the lanes if the driver falls asleep or otherwise begins to wander. Other automakers offer tech that makes similar claims, but here’s the difference. Instead of simply using the stability control system to brake the inside wheels, Lane-Keeping System actually turns the steering wheel autonomously. The result is much smoother in its operation, especially mid-corner.

Add the Lincoln Motor Company’s Adaptive Cruise Control to the mix and we’re one step closer to fully autonomous driving. Using radar to keep tabs on the car ahead, the advanced cruise control system can maintain a preset distance, even applying the brakes when necessary to avoid a collision.

Combine the two systems, and the 2013 MKZ can technically make short work of navigating everyday highway traffic without any input from the driver. Note that these technologies aren’t designed to replace driver control just yet, but as proof of concept, Lincoln’s self-driving luxury sedan is one advanced piece of engineering.

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