New York 2010: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid  

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Ford’s Lincoln brand revealed its first hybrid—the new mid-size 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid—during the press preview to the New York International Auto Show. Lincoln’s premium hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 mpg US (5.7 L/100km) in the city when it goes on sale this fall.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower (142 kW). The pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph (76 km/h). The 2011 MKZ Hybrid also offers a new implementation of FOrd’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide. The interactive technology provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency, and coaches drivers on how to optimize hybrid performance.

These are the SmartGauge with EcoGuide known as the successful interactive technology provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency but also the Lincoln SYNC (Lincoln-exclusive voice-activated communications and entertainment system), 10-way power passenger seat, power driver memory seat settings, heated and cooled front seats, genuine wood trim, reverse sensing system, keyless entry keypad, easy fuel capless fuel-filter, personal safety system, MyKey, integrated spotter mirrors and acoustic laminated windshield.

The PRs at Ford have also prepared an impressive list of standard features and technologies on the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which are either not offered on the Lexus HS 250h or are available only at an extra cost.

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Press Release

LINCOLN INTRODUCES FIRST HYBRID; NEW MKZ HYBRID TO BE MOST
FUEL-EFFICIENT LUXURY SEDAN IN AMERICA
  • New 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid expected to be most fuel-efficient
    luxury sedan in America
  • Lincoln MKZ Hybrid takes SmartGaugeTM with EcoGuide to
    next level, offering drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term
    fuel efficiency and driving performance
  • More standard luxury, technologies and segment-exclusive safety
    features in the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid help it top its nearest
    competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h

NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 - Lincoln today introduces its first hybrid -
the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid - a premium midsize car poised to be the
most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

Ford Motor Company - America's largest domestic hybrid seller - is
further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation
of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The vehicle is
revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.

"Lincoln's hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln
also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America," said
Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.

Lincoln's first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per
gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.

The new premium midsize sedan hybrid joins Ford Motor Company's growing
lineup of hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid - 2010 North American
Car of the Year and America's most fuel-efficient sedan - plus the Ford
Escape Hybrid and Mercury Milan and Mariner Hybrids.

Introduction of the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also complements Ford's
aggressive global electrification plan. Ford is introducing five new
electrified vehicles by 2013. They include the Transit Connect Electric in
late 2010, the Focus Electric in 2011, a next-generation hybrid electric
vehicle and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in 2012, followed by
another next-generation hybrid electric vehicle in 2013.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid's projected fuel economy tops its nearest
competitor - the 2010 Lexus HS 250h - by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus
with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and
segment-exclusive safety features.

"Today's luxury customers do not want to make sacrifices. Lincoln has
found a way to deliver a luxury sedan with the comforts they expect, the
technology they want and the environmental responsibility society demands,"
said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford's second-generation hybrid
technology - the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, named one of
Ward's 2010 "10 Best Engines."

The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and
electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel
economy.

Industry-leading fuel economy comes without sacrificing power. The
combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower.
Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph -
compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches just 25
mph.

More standard luxury

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes standard with features and technologies
that are either not offered on the Lexus HS 250h or are available only at an
extra cost. They include:

  • SmartGauge with EcoGuide - Ford's highly successful interactive
    technology provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel
    efficiency, and coaches drivers on how to optimize hybrid performance.
    Lincoln takes SmartGauge to the next level of engagement by giving
    drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency and
    driving performance through the "growth" of virtual small flowers on the
    system's right-most screen. Lincoln's white flowers, inspired by apple
    blossoms, remain permanently unless long-term fuel economy is reset.
  • Lincoln SYNC® - The Lincoln-exclusive voice-activated communications
    and entertainment system provides an omnipresent link to contacts and
    information. In addition to Bluetooth® phone, audible text and MP3
    player capabilities, Lincoln customers also can access Vehicle Health
    Report and 911 Assist
    TM.
  • 10-Way Power Passenger Seat - This seat is designed to accommodate a
    diverse group of passengers. Memory functions enable passengers to
    fine-tune and recall their positions.
  • Power Driver Memory Seat Settings - The driver seat memory feature
    helps ensure personal seating preferences anytime, with the touch of a
    button.
  • Heated and Cooled Front Seats - This uniquely engineered system
    delivers exceptional heating and cooling comfort.
  • Genuine Wood Trim - In addition to their exquisite appearance, the
    Swirl Walnut and Olive Ash wood trims offered in the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    are eco-friendly as well. The veneers come from well-managed forests, as
    defined by strict environmental, social and economic standards, and from
    other rigorously controlled sources.
  • Reverse Sensing System - This system senses what drivers might not
    see behind them and relays an audible alert if objects are near, which
    increases in frequency the closer a driver gets.
  • Keyless Entry Keypad - This Lincoln-exclusive feature provides
    secure entry at a driver's fingertips. A personal combination holds a
    memory for driver preferences. So if an owner is out for a run and
    doesn't want to take the keys along, the vehicle can be opened with the
    touch of a few buttons.
  • Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler - This Lincoln-exclusive feature uses
    an integrated spring-loaded flapper door to eliminate the need for a
    fuel tank screw cap. That means no more fumbling to remove and tighten
    the cap and less fuel odor on a driver's hands at the pump.
  • Personal Safety SystemTM - A Lincoln-exclusive suite of
    seven protection technologies works together as a system to help protect
    vehicle occupants. The system includes dual-stage front air bags and an
    occupant classification system to sense whether the passenger seat is
    occupied. It tailors - or suppresses - air bag deployment to help
    provide an appropriate level of protection. It also features the Ford
    Belt-Minder® system to remind front-seat occupants to buckle up.
  • MyKeyTM - This Lincoln-exclusive feature allows parents
    to program a key to limit speed and audio volume to encourage teens to
    drive safer and improve fuel efficiency. It also encourages seat belt
    usage, provides earlier low-fuel warnings, and can be programmed to
    sound chimes at 45, 55 and 65 mph.
  • Integrated Spotter Mirrors - The traditional side-view mirrors are
    designed with a secondary convex spotter mirror in the top outer corner,
    which provides a view of the driver's blind spot. When traffic enters
    the driver's blind spot on either side of the vehicle, it is visible in
    the secondary convex mirror, alerting the driver of obstacles.
  • Acoustic Laminated Windshield - This windshield features a layer of
    sound-absorbent vinyl sandwiched between two sheets of glass, which
    enhances interior quietness.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also includes standard Bridge of Weir leather
seats. The world-renowned luxury leather from Scotland is unembossed,
allowing the natural beauty and character of the grain to shine through. The
leather is milled for up to 12 hours to ensure a soft hand, and Bridge of
Weir uses a chromium-free tanning process, which makes it easier to recycle.


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