In Time for Christmas: 2017 Lincoln Continental Spy Photos

2017-lincoln-continental-conceptHow would Santa be able to deliver presents on Christmas without a sweet sleigh to transport him around the globe? Like many iconic vehicles, Santa’s sleigh will receive a technological upgrade that kicks in just in case conventional reindeer power doesn’t do the job. According to North Pole experts, Santa will rely on high-powered jet fuel in order to carry out his appointed rounds, and the economists who crunched the numbers say he’ll need 45 million gallons of it to travel the 226 million miles needed to visit each and every child across the world.

While the 2017 Lincoln Continental (pictured) won’t be jet-fuel powered, it’ll have plenty of goodies to keep young-at-heart luxury vehicle drivers happy. Spy shots of the upcoming Continental were leaked just in time for the Christmas holiday, giving people plenty to buzz about from now until the vehicle’s release date sometime in the coming year.

From concept to production version, we’ve followed the progress of the 2017 Lincoln Continental. It made its public debut several months ago at the 2015 New York Auto Show, but now Lincoln fans have their first real glimpse of what the vehicle will likely look like, particularly on the inside.

The Lincoln Continental displayed in the recently released spy photos closely resembles the concept model from the NY Auto Show. A vertical-split grille, traditional three-box shape and transparent-chrome taillights are a few of the vehicle’s more prominent stylistic features. The Continental appears to be utilizing Ford’s CD4 platform designed for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. Many current Ford models, including the Ford Fusion and Edge, as well as the Lincoln MKZ, use this popular platform architecture.

The Lincoln Continental that will arrive in U.S. dealerships in 2016 will likely sit a slightly stretched version of the CD4 platform with a wheelbase of over 200 inches. It will also come equipped with an all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that generates 400 horsepower. Not quite Santa’s jet-fueled sleigh, but it should be more than enough power if you’re not pulling an around-the-world all-nighter.

While exterior shots of the Lincoln Continental were plentiful, photos of the interior were harder to come by until now. Based on spy shots, it’s safe to assume that the Continental’s cabin will remain fairly faithful to the concept model. This Lincoln luxury sedan will feature black leather and shiny wood trim on the dashboard and doors. The production model Continental emphasizes those elements while eschewing the blue velvet and chrome touches present in the concept version.

One apparent change to the production version of the Continental is the appearance of two separate air vents, as opposed to one attached unit, on top of the dashboard. The 2017 Continental will also sport a host of advanced in-car technologies, including a Ford Sync 3 infotainment system and a Revel audio system.

Lincoln says that the Continental will make its next appearance this coming January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The automaker has been coy about when this made in the USA vehicle will go on sale, except that it’s scheduled for sometime in 2016.

The West Point Lincoln Blog will be sure to let you know when you can purchase your own Continental as soon as we can—until then, have a happy and joyous holiday season!

Empire Star Performs in Lincoln MKX Launch Party

linc3As Jamal Lyon in Fox’s megahit drama Empire, Jussie Smollett is used to delivering stunning musical performances in high-profile situations. It only stands to reason that the Lincoln Motor Company recently solicited Smollett (pictured) to perform at its Afternoon of Luxury in Los Angeles. The event held at the famous Viceroy Santa Monica hotel was designed to introduce the all-new Lincoln MKX to the masses, while also treating them to live music, refreshments and even a fashion show.

Hosted by branding expert Miss Diddy, the Afternoon of Luxury event was presented in conjunction with Automotive Rhythms, a multimedia marketing company focusing on the automotive industry. The Afternoon of Luxury preceded the 2015 LA Auto Show and afforded Lincoln another avenue to promote its brand. Lincoln says that its primary goals for the event were to display its latest models, including the MKX, and to provide test-driving opportunities to interested participants.

At the Afternoon of Luxury, Smollett sung three songs featured on Empire: “You’re So Beautiful,” “No Doubt About It” and “Heavy.” In discussing the event with Electronic Urban Report, Smollett expressed his appreciation to Lincoln and the other organizers for putting together a fun event.

“Lincoln chose such a beautiful day in California and brought an even more beautiful crowd together to celebrate,” said Smollett. “I’m so blessed to make music and to be able to sing a bit to this type of crowd, the energy was perfect for me.”

The Afternoon of Luxury event was given the subheading “The Feeling Stays,” which abbreviates the tagline from the recent Lincoln ad campaign featuring acclaimed actor Matthew McConaughey. Lincoln wants to ensure that “the feeling stays with you,” so for more news on the MKX and related models be sure to follow #thefeelingstays on Twitter.

Embrace the Quiet Luxury of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ

2017-lincoln-mkzThe typical car buyer wants a vehicle that’s fast and flashy. But the discerning luxury car owner prefers a vehicle with a style all its own. For those who fit the latter category, Lincoln has just the vehicle: the all-new 2017 Lincoln MKZ.

Lincoln refers to the MKZ driving experience as “quiet luxury,” and it’s easy to see why. This redesigned luxury midsize sedan has all the creature comforts one could want, including a sleek exterior design, plush interiors and a panoply of user-friendly technologies. Observers say that the 2017 MKZ most closely resembles the Lincoln Continental concept that recently debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, which is great news for drivers who enjoy American-made cars with a bit of old-school charm.

In terms of stylistic and technological features, the Lincoln MKZ stands alone in terms of uniqueness. Here’s just a brief listing of its highlights:
• radar-guided cruise control
• automatic parking assist
• push-button gear shift
• floating center console
• Active Nose Control system
• three Lincoln Black Label personalized interior packages
• fully retractable panoramic glass roof
• Revel door-mounted audio speakers

Lincoln emphasizes three factors that make the 2017 MKZ especially unique: intuitive technology, effortless performance and distinctive design. With that in mind, here are a few details about each.

Intuitive Technology
The MKZ’s adaptive cruise control allows drivers to stop and start as needed. When approaching a stop point such as a red light, the system automatically deploys the brakes without having to hold the pedal. Afterwards, the MKZ can resume its normal high speeds while lessening the severity of potential frontal crashes with the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Once the vehicle has reached its destination, the park assist feature can help maneuver in and out of a particular parking space.

Effortless Performance
The Lincoln MKZ is available in two engine options. The first is an exclusive, 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that can generate 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The second is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder AWD engine that churns out 245 horsepower. Additionally, the 3.0-liter GTDI engine works in concert with the vehicle’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring feature to deliver smooth, precise cornering. Finally, MKZ drivers have three Lincoln Drive Control options that allow them to travel the streets in style.

Distinctive Design
The MKZ’s unique features include adaptive LED headlamps that lights the way for drivers in all conditions. Moreover, the vehicle is available in two all-new Black Label themes, Chalet and Vineyard, which, in addition to Thoroughbred, gives Lincoln drivers a customized driving experience.

The all-new Lincoln MKZ is on display now at the Los Angeles Auto Show from November 20-29. The MKZ is scheduled to go on sale in summer 2016. You can purchase a current-model-year Lincoln MKZ today when you visit West Point Lincoln, your new Lincoln dealership for the greater Houston area!

The Secret Origin of the Lincoln-Based Batmobile

george-barris-1960s-batmobileFamed custom car designer George Barris died earlier this month at the age of 89. Barris (pictured, left) was known in automotive circles as the “King of the Kustomizers” for designing customized vehicles for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Perhaps Barris’s biggest claim to fame were the custom cars he built for some of the biggest TV shows and movies ever produced. Arguably the most famous of those cars was the Batmobile featured in the 1960s Batman TV series. What many may not know is that the vehicle was originally a 1950s-era Lincoln concept car.

The story behind this Batmobile is as captivating as the TV series itself. The vehicle was first designed by two of Ford’s lead stylists, Bill Schmidt and John Najjar Ferzely, who were responsible for unique exterior design elements like the double, clear-plastic canopy top and the large rear tailfins. The vehicle, which was later dubbed the Lincoln Futura, was entirely hand built in Italy by the auto design firm Ghia and cost approximately $250,000 to make.

The Lincoln Futura concept car was officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in January of 1955. It then toured the auto show circuit throughout 1955 and was later prominently displayed in the 1959 movie, It Started with a Kiss. Like many concept cars, however, the Futura never made it into production.

For whatever reason, the Futura was forgotten about soon thereafter. In fact, it may have been consigned to the scrap heap were if not for the intervention of George Barris. Barris struck a deal with Ford that would’ve made even Peter Minuit jealous: he purchased the 1955 Lincoln Futura for the nominal price of $1.00 plus “other valuable consideration” (whether Ford collected on that “consideration” is a mystery lost to time).

The Lincoln Futura sat in Barris’s repair shop for several years until 1966, when producers for the then-upcoming Batman TV series approached Barris to build a new Batmobile. The producers had previously contracted another noted custom car designer, Dean Jeffries, but they were unhappy with the result.

The show’s producers gave Barris three weeks to produce a customized Batmobile. With a short turnaround time, Barris remembered the Futura he purchased years earlier and thought that the rear tailfins were reminiscent of bat wings. And the rest, as they say, was history.

The Barris-designed Batmobile proved to be such a resounding success that Barris built several replicas of it while owning the rights to the original vehicle, which he leased to 20th Century Fox, the studio that produced the Batman series. The Futura-model Batmobile eventually sold at auction in 2013 for the then-record sum of $4.62 million.

While other Batmobile designs have come and gone over the years, the iconic Barris design based on a Lincoln concept continues to endure. As Barris himself once put it, “The car had to be a star in its own right,” and that certainly proved to be accurate.

You can see specs on the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman TV series here.

Live in Your Moment with These Authentic MKC Narratives

live-in-your-moment-lincoln-vimeoToday’s audiences don’t want to feel that they’re being marketed to when they consume branded content. Successful ad campaigns recognize this fact and therefore embed their brand message within narratives that are authentic and compelling.

Authenticity has been the byword for the Lincoln Motor Company and its “Live in Your Moment” campaign featuring the Lincoln MKC. The MKC campaign launched last year in a series of highly successful spots starring Matthew McConaughey. The quiet, refined performance of the MKC inspired a contemplative performance from the Oscar-winning actor as he lived in his moment while driving the luxury sport utility crossover vehicle.

But there’s more than one narrative that can be told with the Lincoln MKC and other ways in which characters can experience their own moments. In fact, the beauty of the “Live in Your Moment” campaign is that it spotlights individuals living authentically while subtly capturing the various roles the MKC play in that process.

To deliver these authentic brand narratives, Lincoln partnered with Vimeo to produce a short film series built around the “Live in Your Moment” theme. The three films in the series were directed by emerging filmmakers interested in conveying a brand message artfully. These filmmakers were selected on the basis of work that strongly influenced the Vimeo audience and would closely align with Lincoln’s branded message.

Lincoln’s “Live in Your Moment” series from Vimeo include these three short films:

Bloom (co-directed by Diego Contreras and Khalid Mohtaseb)

This short film tells the story of Isabella, a young Argentinian woman who emigrates to the U.S. without being able to speak English. After a luggage mix-up at the airport, Isabella encounters a man with whom she cannot verbally communicate. Despite the language barrier, the two strangers bond through the experiences they share while driving in a Lincoln MKC.

Open Your Eyes (directed by Diego Contreras)

This tender tale focuses on an elderly blind man celebrating his 70th birthday with his daughter. As the omniscient narrator, the father conveys the dark thoughts that have consumed him since his blindness and the passing of his wife, along with the hope that arrives when his daughter drives him to the sites of his childhood. After riding in the Lincoln MKC, he is able to “see” the world from a new perspective.

The Perfect Place To Be (co-directed by Joshua Kang and Carissa Gallo)

In this bittersweet story, we follow a young couple as they move from the city in which they first met and fell in love. Though narration, the young woman reminisces wistfully about the place they’re leaving as well as expresses excitement about the city to which they’re arriving. The vehicle that transports them is, of course, a Lincoln MKC, thereby demonstrating that the perfect place to be is with the person you love.

Each of the short films in the “Live in Your Moment” perfectly encapsulate the quiet, authentic appeal of the Lincoln MKC that allows people to live fully. Visit The Drum for an inside look into the Vimeo “Live in Your Moment” campaign.

Ford and Lincoln Sales See Significant Boost in September

2016-lincoln-mkzThe Ford Motor Company enjoyed strong sales in September that helped propel the company to its best retail sales month since 2004, according to a Ford statement released in October. Ford sold 221,599 units in September, which represents a 23% improvement over the previous month and betters the sales gains made by automakers like GM, FCA, Toyota and Nissan.

The positive sales news also extends to Lincoln, whose overall sales performance in September 2015 improved by nearly 20% over the previous year. Like its parent company, Lincoln posted its best September sales in several years, with all six Lincoln models bettering their sales performance over last September.

In particular, the Lincoln MKZ (pictured) was the company’s most successful vehicle with 2,490 vehicles sold, making it the highest selling Lincoln by volume in September. The most dramatic sales change occurred with the redesigned MKX, which was Lincoln’s second-best selling vehicle in September and whose sales improved by about 34% over 2014. In addition, sales of the midsize MKZ sedan improved by about 14% over last year, while sales of the all-new MKC crossover improved by nearly 16% over the same period.

With the exception of the Lincoln Navigator, each vehicle in the company’s lineup posted double-digit sales gains over this time last year. On the other hand, there’s still considerable room for growth with regard to Lincoln brand sales. Though September, many Lincoln models posted year-to-date sales declines masked somewhat by the strong popularity of the MKZ and MKC.

With that said, Ford is expected to record strong profits in the third and fourth quarters of 2015—and so, to paraphrase an old expression, the rising tide of Ford sales could lift boats like Lincoln in the months ahead.

Mark LaNeve, Ford VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service, trumpeted his company’s strong September in a conference call to analysts and investors.

According to Automotive News, LaNeve said, “It was good from beginning to end—one of those really special, strong months.”

With figures like the ones Ford and Lincoln posted in September, we’re certainly inclined to agree with Mr. LaNeve. You can find great models like the all-new Lincoln MKZ sedan when you visit West Point Lincoln, the premier Lincoln dealership serving the greater Houston area. Check out our extensive inventory of new and used vehicles by seeing our dealership in person at 11666 Katy Freeway in Houston or checking our vehicle inventory online. Let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns!

Empire Season Two Set to Feature Lincoln Vehicles

empire-cookie-lyon-lincoln-navigatorSeason two of the Fox TV show Empire, which premiered on September 23, continued earning the stellar ratings that made it one of last year’s breakthrough hits. Over 16 million viewers watched the hip-hop based drama, along with the 22.5 million who watched it within three days of its debut via live broadcast and streaming options.

The show that stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will also feature a recurring role for another big name—the Lincoln Motor Company.

As the exclusive on- and off-air automotive sponsor for Empire, Lincoln will have several of its luxury vehicles featured on the show. Most notably, the all-new Lincoln MKX will be seen in episode 6, which is expected to air around early-to-mid November.

This isn’t the first time that Lincoln vehicles have been featured on Empire. Lincoln served as the show’s official vehicle sponsor last season, during which characters like Henson’s Cookie Lyon (pictured) were often seen driving vehicles like the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.

Lee Jelenic, Lincoln Marketing Manager, expressed the company’s excitement to continue its association with Empire.

“Lincoln has had a longstanding strong relationship with Fox, and we are delighted to be partnering with Empire for a second season in a row. The momentum of the show is a great platform to communicate the new and exciting Lincoln product portfolio in a contextually relevant way,” said Jelenic in a statement. “We are particularly excited to communicate our new class-exclusive Revel sound system on a show built around music.”

What Jelenic is referring to, of course, is the high-end Revel sound system that delivers home theater quality audio unprecedented for a luxury vehicle. Exclusive to Lincoln Black Label edition, the Revel sound system features 19 speakers with point source architecture and QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology. You can find out more about Revel by clicking here.

And for those of you looking for a 2015 Lincoln Navigator like the one Cookie Lyon drives, be sure to drop by West Point Lincoln today. We specialize in the type of high quality Lincoln luxury vehicles that residents of Katy, not to mention drivers in the greater Houston area, are sure to love!

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McConaughey Gives Fans the Silent Treatment in New Lincoln MKX Ads

mcconaughey-lincoln-mkzLast year, Matthew McConaughey took America by storm by starring in a series of commercials for the Lincoln MKC, MKZ and MKZ Hybrid. The spots featuring McConaughey’s spacy soliloquies quickly became some of the most buzzworthy ads of 2015. It’s no longer that Lincoln would want to recapture that magic, which is why they’ve enlisted the Oscar-winning actor to appear in a new round of spots for the all-new Lincoln MKX crossover.

One notable change with the new MKX spots is that we won’t get to hear McConaughey’s distinctive Texan drawl in them. Instead, McConaughey stays silent throughout the three commercials that comprise the MKX campaign. In addition, this new round of Lincoln ads will not be a solo affair, as McConaughey interacts with a series of characters designed to expand the creative scope of the McConaughey-Lincoln advertising experience.

While we don’t hear McConaughey’s voice in the Lincoln MKX ads, he offers some thoughts about the new Lincoln project as only an actor of his stature could.

“What appeals to me about this new series of ads is that while the overall Lincoln message remains consistent, the way it is delivered continues to evolve,” McConaughey said in a statement. “It’s exciting to have the freedom to explore and create new narratives.”

Gus Van Sant, the acclaimed director of such films as Good Will Hunting and Milk, is behind the camera to direct the Lincoln MKX spots. Besides being beautifully shot, the jazzy soundtrack and high-class settings offers a radical departure from 2014’s successful campaign.

According to Lincoln Group Marketing Manager John Emmert, the ad campaign for the all-new Lincoln MKX SUV will center on a multi-part storyline that will unfold over the course of three television spots that all sport the catchphrase, “The Feeling Stays With You.” The running storyline consists of three parts: a minute-long ad entitled Welcome and two 30-second spots, Arrival and Winning Hand.

The all-new McConaughey-Van Sant Lincoln MKX ads will begin airing this Saturday during college football games on ABC and on Sunday during NFL games on CBS and Fox. However, if you don’t want to wait that long, you can view all three parts of the MKX series now by viewing the videos below:

Welcome

Arrival

Winning Hand

Matthew McConaughey to Appear in New Lincoln MKX Ad

mcconaughey-lincoln-mkc-mkz-mkxThe commercials Matthew McConaughey did for the Lincoln MKC and MKZ vehicles constitute one of the most popular—not to mention imitable—ad campaigns of this past year. For those of you who couldn’t get enough of the Oscar-winning actor, you’re in luck. McConaughey will contribute his rakish good looks and laconic Texan drawl to the redesigned 2016 MKX midsize crossover.

Lincoln spokesperson Stephanie Cesareo touted the positive effect McConaughey’s involvement has had on the Lincoln brand.

“We started a collaboration with Matthew McConaughey last year, and it is working very well,” said Cesareo in remarks quoted by Automotive News.

Now that’s an understatement. Since McConaughey’s MKC spot was first posted on YouTube this past September, it has had over 6.4 million views and sales of the MKC increased by 25 percent since its debut. Or to quote the understated Cesareo, “[i]t was an interesting development for the brand.”

According to Cesareo, McConaughey’s MKX ads will be a multiplatform campaign that takes a different approach from the actor’s previous MKC spots. The stated rationale for the divergence is that the two models cater to different clientele and should therefore speak to different audiences.

Indeed, the MKX spots promise to “dial up the swagger factor,” according to Lincoln group marketing manager John Emmert as quoted by the Detroit Free Press. Instead, the new MKX ads will focus on the crossover’s technological perks, including a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and Revel audio system. So in other words, there’ll probably be less spacy monologues from McConaughey and more focus on the MKX itself. Seems like a wise move to us.

You can purchase an all-new Lincoln MKX right now at West Point Lincoln and other fine dealerships, but you’ll have to wait until September 12 to see McConaughey riding around in one.

The Lap of Luxury: Introducing the Lincoln Continental 30-Way Seats

30-way-adjustable-seatsSeat comfort is an underrated aspect of the car ownership experience. Sure, you want a car that looks pretty and drives well, but what’s the point if you feel uncomfortable? Whether it’s a long commute to and from work, or an extended road trip, you as a driver want seats that are supple enough to conform to your body yet sturdy enough to support you for the long drive ahead.

That’s where the Lincoln Motor Company and its Continental Concept car come in. With its all-new 30-way seat technology, Lincoln is promising “a seat that feels as if it were personally tailored for you each time,” to quote Ford Global Seat Systems Technical Specialist Jonathan Line. They’re called 30-way seats because there are 30 points of adjustment, including the seat track, head restraint, cushion extension, thigh support and lumbar support.

The 30-way adjustable seating that can be found in the Continental Concept relies on a comfort carrier suspension system. Made from plastic and a thin foam layer—along with an overlay of Venetian leather—the comfort carrier supports the passenger’s neck and shoulders thanks to a flexible design that conforms to the body’s individual shape.

In addition, the Continental seats are outfitted with two adjustable thigh cushions that can extend or contract as needed. Each leg can be adjusted independently of the other, thereby allowing the driver to rest one leg while the other is in use.

Since the return of the Continental brand was first announced, we’ve sough to provide recent updates about its design and production. Lincoln is obviously trying to meet the high expectations of their discriminating clientele. To that end, the Continental’s seat technology is patterned after first-class airplane seating that, according to Line, “goes beyond the one-size-fits-all design.”

Aside from the features already mentioned, the 30-way seats have other cool perks. For instance, drivers who need to chillax during stressful rush-hour traffic, the seats for the Continental Concept are outfitted with massage functions in the back and cushion that massage the driver’s leg and lower back muscles. Also, the seats can be heated or cooled according to the needs of the vehicle occupants.

If that’s not all, even the seat’s “buttcheeks” can flex to accommodate the posterior of its passengers—and yes, you read that last part correctly. Don’t believe us? Just view the video below to see the seat in action!