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MKZ Redux for Lincoln

Detroit luxury brand refines and redefines its midsize sedan.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The updated Lincoln MKZ borrows the distinctive new grille introduced on the Continental Concept.

The launch of the MKZ sedan three years ago was a critical move for Lincoln as it set out to reestablish itself as a credible player in the luxury market. The new model was more stylish, more sophisticated, but still fell short of meeting key competitors head-on.

This time, Lincoln isn’t holding back. Taking a number of its design cues from the widely praised Lincoln Continental concept, the upcoming, mid-cycle refresh of the MKZ takes the sedan even more up-market, with an attention to detail normally reserved for import brands like Lexus, Audi or Mercedes-Benz.

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“We’re closing the gap very, very rapidly,” said Kumar Galhotra, the president of Lincoln Motors, during a sneak preview of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ ahead of its official unveiling at the L.A. Auto Show.

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New Jaguar XF Gets Larger, Lighter, Faster

Coupe-like sedan takes aim at major German luxury brands.

by on Mar.31, 2015

A Jaguar XF appears to float above the ground during its official NY unveiling on Tuesday in NY.

After offering a tease of the new XF during a daring tightrope drive across the Thames River in London, Jaguar has again taken the wraps off the new mid-lux sedan during a New York Auto Show preview – this time revealing some intriguing details.

The new “aluminum-intensive” model gets much larger inside, resolving long-running complaints about its previously cramped interior. At the same time, it gets lighter and, Jaguar promises, significantly faster.

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“In creating the all-new XF, as a design team, we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity,” proclaimed Jaguar chief of design Ian Callum, adding that, “Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose – nothing is superfluous.”

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Jaguar Rides a Tightrope with New 2016 XF

Complete redesign is lighter, roomier, more powerful.

by on Mar.24, 2015

A new Jaguar XF makes its high-wire debut in a drive 800 feet above the river in London.

As it rolls out a procession of new products aimed at rebuilding its position in the global luxury market, Jaguar has been riding a tightrope – quite literally, with the first showing of the newly redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF.

With movie stuntman Jim Dowdell behind the wheel, the new sedan rolled across a pair of wires strung nearly 800 feet above the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The daring stunt came a week before the official debut of the new Jaguar XF at the New York International Auto Show.

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“Over my 35 years in the industry I’ve driven Jaguar vehicles on many Hollywood movie sets,” recalled Dowdell. “However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34 mm (about 1.3 inches) in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control.”

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