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    New York Auto Show: Lincoln Continental Concept


    • Lincoln Brings Back An Old Nameplate for a Concept


    Bringing back an iconic name plate is a tough thing to pull off. But Lincoln believes they can do it. Before the official start of the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, the luxury automaker pulled the sheets off the Continental Concept. Lincoln says this concept previews a new full-size luxury sedan that will go on sale in North America and China next year.

    The overall look of the Continental Concept oddly reminds us of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur. The front end does away with the split wing grille that is common on current Lincoln models and replaces it with a new chrome centerpiece and glowing Lincoln emblem. On either side of the centerpiece are a set LED matrix headlamps, with laser-assist high-beams. Along the side are a set of 21-inch wheels and "E-Latch" handles that are discretely placed into the Continental's beltine. The back is wide and low, with a set of slim taillights and new exhaust tips.

    Inside is a treat for the eyes with a fair bit of chrome trim, seats upholstered in Venetian leather and Alcantara; a satin headliner, and wool carpet. Front seat passengers get 30-way adjustments and adjustable bolsters to have the seat fit them perfectly. Back seat passengers get a wrath of luxuries such as a two-seat layout, tray tables, a champagne storage compartment, and handmade Venetian leather travel cases.

    Lincoln says the concept is powered by a 3.0L EcoBoost V6, though power specs weren't released at this time. We also don't know if power is being sent to the front, rear, or all four wheels.

    Source: Lincoln

    Press Release is on Page 2


    LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONCEPT SHOWS THE FUTURE OF QUIET LUXURY AND UPCOMING FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    • Elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene, the Lincoln Continental Concept signals the brand’s all-new full-size sedan coming next year and the future of quiet luxury
    • Lincoln Continental Concept integrates technologies designed to create better drivers, rejuvenate and entertain passengers, including all-new, Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, patented 30-way seats and premium Revel audio system
    • New Continental Concept introduces E-Latch door handles, LED matrix headlamps with laser-assist high beams and SPD SmartGlass® tinting sunroof
    • NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 –Lincoln today introduces the Continental Concept, signaling an all-new full-size sedan coming next year and the future of quiet luxury.

    Elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene, the Continental Concept blends meticulous craftsmanship and technologies designed to create better drivers and provide passengers with a more relaxing and entertaining environment inspired by first-class travel.

    “Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations, rather than being the loudest statement on the road,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward. It also is a strong indication of what’s to come next year as we introduce our new Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan.”

    With a sleek silhouette and a new centered chrome grille, the Continental Concept signals the arrival of a new face for Lincoln. A raised Lincoln badge is surrounded by a span of repeating polished aluminum Lincoln Star emblems.

    E-Latch door handles tuck discreetly in the clean vehicle beltline. The door handle technology also provides for elegant entry. The doors open effortlessly with the touch of a button positioned on the underside of the door handle wings and close quietly.

    “Some brands talk about ‘the machine,’ ” said Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln president. “Lincoln is different. For us, it is about more than the machine. It is about what our vehicles do for our clients.”

    New technology is a hallmark of the vehicle. It starts with the vehicle sensing your approach and lighting up to greet you inside and out.

    Outside, signature full-width tail lamps feature advanced light-through-chrome technology. Powerful LED matrix head lamps with laser-assist high beams reduce glare and improve visibility.

    Rhapsody Blue metallic paint calls back Lincoln Continental’s signature color.

    Inside are the brand’s most sensual materials ever, including Venetian leather seat and door panels, Alcantara® seat inserts and armrests, satin headliner and shearling wool carpet. Rose Gold trim around the instrument cluster provides warmth. Bright chrome trim on the instrument panel adds contrast.

    Ambient lighting enhances the interior, creating a serene environment. Soft-gold LED lights glow from the center console and from the halo light overhead.

    Patented 30-way Lincoln-designed seats use a new-to-market design that conforms to passengers’ sizes and shapes. The passenger-side rear seat can fully recline by moving the front passenger seat forward with the touch of a button.

    From a panel mounted on the through-center console, rear passengers also can control climate settings and the Revel Ultima audio system, which allows passengers to select from three surround-sound modes: Stereo, Audience and On-Stage.

    Rear-seat comfort is further highlighted by an SPD SmartGlass® tinting sunroof, which allows passengers to control heat from direct sunlight. With the touch of a button, the glass can cool the vehicle interior by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, while blocking 99 percent of UV rays.

    Rear-seat passengers also enjoy the convenience of a tablet-supporting lap tray that deploys from the through-center console. It also features a champagne storage compartment. Detachable, hand-crafted Venetian leather travel cases are mounted to the backside of the front seats.

    Under the skin, the Continental Concept is powered by a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine. It also features Lincoln Drive Control ride-enhancing technologies and Adaptive Steering. The car rides on polished-aluminum, painted-pocket 21-inch wheels.

    Driver assist technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Enhanced Park Assist and a 360-degree camera that displays on the MyLincoln Touch™ screen.

    “The Lincoln Continental name is associated with iconic beauty and elegance,” said David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director. “Capturing those qualities and building upon them drove us as we crafted this thoroughly modern sedan concept.”

    The Lincoln Continental Concept is at the New York International Auto Show, which opens Wednesday for members of the news media.

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    I'm stunned, this thing is beautiful.  I love the subtle Lincoln emblem theme in the front fascia and lights.  The tail lights look awesome and wow that interior.  I've never been a fan of blue interiors but maybe it's the lack of them in cars today that makes this one stand out.  Either way I love it, those seats look great, and I know it wont make production but all that chrome is great.  It's a retro touch thats not something you see these days, and I love it.

     

    I hope it stays as close to this as possible for production and keeps the name.  Cadillac the CT6 better really bring it now, and sadly I don't think it will.  At least not in the styling department, it's time for A&S to evolve some more, unless the CT6 is a sedan version of the Elmiraj I don't see it topping this.

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    Love the understated but clear luxury look of the outside. I am equally liking the design of the interior with one exception.

     

    I hope they have a CHROME DELETE option for the dash.

     

    This is a Reflection NIGHTMARE on a sunny day in the windshield when driving.

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    I wonder if the back seat will have an option for these executive chairs or a bench seat? I would think a bench seat would be more commonly sold but I can see the need for this configuration also.

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    lame.  this is no new direction.  Its a puffed up MKs meets MKz meets 'this is how Ford does Korean versions of Bentley' type stuff.  The interior is from 10 years ago and has all sort of tacky bling.

     

    I can't believe people would criticize caddy and like this.

     

    There's no length to this thing, no presence.  Avenir FAR better.

     

    Current MKz is a pretty sexy car with a half ass warmed over Fusion interior.

     

    Genesis, way better than this.

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    lame.  this is no new direction.  Its a puffed up MKs meets MKz meets 'this is how Ford does Korean versions of Bentley' type stuff.  The interior is from 10 years ago and has all sort of tacky bling.

     

    I can't believe people would criticize caddy and like this.

     

    There's no length to this thing, no presence.  Avenir FAR better.

     

    Current MKz is a pretty sexy car with a half ass warmed over Fusion interior.

     

    Genesis, way better than this.

    :rolleyes:

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    I see a bit of Bentley and Jaguar, yet it is distinctly American.  Bravo!

     

    There is a bit of Maserati in that design, too.  And as you say, still distinctly American.

     

    Now all they need to do is launch an accompanying Mark X Coupe and all will be right with Lincoln again.

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    The grille reminds me a bit of a Jaguar, but Jags are good looking cars, so I guess they are a good car to copy.  Overall I like it.  It looks good inside and out, looks expensive, Ecoboost engine seems to be standard, so all around quite good and I like the Lincoln emblem shapes in the grille.  I also love that they are using the Continental name.

     

    I heard this is probably a FWD or AWD car though, if that is the case it will be no better than an Acura RLX, which is lame.  Hopefully they don't destroy a good design by building it on the Taurus platform.

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    The grille reminds me a bit of a Jaguar, but Jags are good looking cars, so I guess they are a good car to copy.  Overall I like it.  It looks good inside and out, looks expensive, Ecoboost engine seems to be standard, so all around quite good and I like the Lincoln emblem shapes in the grille.  I also love that they are using the Continental name.

     

    I heard this is probably a FWD or AWD car though, if that is the case it will be no better than an Acura RLX, which is lame.  Hopefully they don't destroy a good design by building it on the Taurus platform.

     

    I'll look under it when I get to the show

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    lame.  this is no new direction.  Its a puffed up MKs meets MKz meets 'this is how Ford does Korean versions of Bentley' type stuff.  The interior is from 10 years ago and has all sort of tacky bling.

     

    I can't believe people would criticize caddy and like this.

     

    There's no length to this thing, no presence.  Avenir FAR better.

     

    Current MKz is a pretty sexy car with a half ass warmed over Fusion interior.

     

    Genesis, way better than this.

     

    There is length...look at the size of those doors.  I think the huge wheels are screwing up size visual and making the car appear smaller than it is. 

     

    this is flagship material for Lincoln.

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    I like it, I hope it looks close to that, obviously the production car won't have 21 inch wheels, probably 18 standard and maybe a 19 or 20 optional, but too big of wheels can make a car look odd.

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    1)  Looks production ready, make it.

    2)  Love the look.

    3)  Love the interior.

    4)  KEEP THE NAME

    5)  Please do #4, I want classy names like Town Car, Continental, Park Avenue, DeVille, to return.

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    I do like it a lot. It IS a bit rounded, I'm not quite saying it reminds me of the '90s, but the trend has been to sharper lines. F'ing the trends, I like it.

    I would prefer a less fussy wheel, something more disc-like… the bottom'edge trim & rounded shape make it also look somewhat like a high speed highway car- disc wheels would complete that. Please keep the chromed bottom edge- SO much nicer than the unpainted black plastic on FAR too many vehicles in ALL segments today.

    Looking forward to larger/ other pics.

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    I am a fan of this thing.  Blown away that Ford has waited this long to give Lincoln what it needs to bring itself back from the brink.  The only thing that could ruin it for me is a FWD chassis.  RWD with optional AWD is a MUST for this car.  The blue interior absolutely ROCKS... reminds me of the days when Lincoln and Cadillac were neck and neck for the luxury sales crown year after year, before the poseurs took over the market (M-B, BMW, Audi, Infiniti, Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota Crown  Lexus).

     

    I do like the Buick Avenir better... but this is a splendid reincarnation of the Lincoln Continental.  Both the Buick and the Lincoln serve up plenty of the romance that has been missing from luxury car design for WAY TOO LONG... which has me more than a little bit concerned for the Cadillac CT6 (STUPID NAME)... will it be too stark?  Not enough "Art" and too much "Science"?  time will tell... tick tock, Cadillac.

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    I wonder why it has a 3.0 V6 since the MKS has a 3.7 V6.  All in all I like the styling, wondering how it would look in production form...less chrome inside, smaller wheels.. I like the tail treatment in particular..not sure about the grille..better than the current motif, but not sure if it's particularly Lincolnesque..

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    Rumor has it that it is on a Fusion chassis. 

    The current MKS-EB comes with 20 inch wheels standard, so 20s on a Continental wouldn't be impossible. 

     

     

    I wonder why it has a 3.0 V6 since the MKS has a 3.7 V6.  All in all I like the styling, wondering how it would look in production form...less chrome inside, smaller wheels.. I like the tail treatment in particular..not sure about the grille..better than the current motif, but not sure if it's particularly Lincolnesque..

     

    The MKS 3.7 is naturally aspirated, the Continental is running a 3.0TT Ecoboost.   The MKS Ecoboost is a 3.5.   I would imagine, if power specs were released, that this is a newer version of the Ecoboost engine line that will leapfrog the current 3.5TT.   The new 2.7TT makes 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque so a 3.0TT version of this making 360 horsepower is almost a given.

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    I have updated the article with live shots from the show.  I'm sorry that a few were a bit blurry, I was getting pushed....

     

     

     

    .... but I pushed back. 

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    I plan to do a series of very high res shots of all of the releases from this show. It won't be as comprehensive as our normal shots, but I'm going to make them as big as I can without breaking the site. 

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    Lincoln nailed the interior of this car. Truly feels like a flagship sedan as long as it doesn't stray too much for the production car.

     

    The exterior is nice, but definitely has a "been done before" feel. The front clip doesn't really have any unique traits beyond the splattering of Lincoln emblem look-a-likes within the headlight and grill designs. Otherwise, very boring, almost old-Toyota-like in the lack of any design what-so-ever. The body... Let's be honest, is a rip-off of Bentley. Literally, line for line, it's nearly an exact copy. It doesn't look bad, as it and the Bentley it stole from have a stately presence, but it's been done. The rear is okay, I like the taillights and whatnot. Again, though, it doesn't feel special. 

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    The tail lights have a neat effect. I can't post the picture at the moment, but when the tail lights are off, they become smooth chrome rather than red. I got a shot of it and when I go through my pictures tomorrow, I'll post it.

    I'm heading to a Maxima event now.

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    Nice design but I am afraid it will be wasted on a FWD/AWD Ford platform. You would think they would have learned from GM in the 90's.

     

    If they would do a proper REW/AWD and appoint it properly they could really get a much higher price and much more profit. They will do ok with what they have but they will leave a lot on the table.

     

    I know there are two groups in Ford. One that wants to kill Lincoln and one that wants to save it. I hope the savers get enough support to keep it alive. We do not need to lose anymore name plates. At the rate Fiat is going I worry about Chrysler. Some Wall ST people say Chrysler is at risk in the next ten years. If they go down all that I could see saved would be Jeep and Ram.

     

    The profits in the Luxury market are worth the risk Cadillac have approved and Ford should do the same. Profits from the new F 150 are not going to be as good as the old steel truck so they need to exploit this segment for more profits.

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    I get the Feeling that FORD is thinking if Audi can do FWD/AWD and make money so can we. Sadly they do not have the recognition that Audi already has and as such they are going to have to build that with Lincoln.

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      For the top-of-the-line powertrain, there’s even more. The 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine now includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. The eight-speed allows for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. The 2.0-liter turbo models roll on 18-inch wheels, now with Michelin tires.
      COMPELLING COMFORT AND SAFETY
      The 2018 Sonata features a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration. Speaking of smartphones, driver and passenger alike can keep them charged without a plug using the available Qi standard wireless charging pad. Sonata now adds a second row USB charge port, a nod to today’s connected rear-seat passengers. Available navigation systems now come with a bird’s eye view feature as well as traffic flow and incident data, without ever having to pay a subscription for the service.
      The Sonata offers more safety features in 2018. In addition to seven standard airbags (dual front, side, and curtain, as well as driver’s knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, and TPMS) comes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Sonata is the only Midsize car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment. Despite drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up. BSD with RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there’s also a new Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available. 
      BETTER BLUE LINK
      As our cars become a mobile extension of the connected world, Blue Link continues to add more features to integrate your life. Blue Link now talks to Amazon Echo™, allowing you to control your car inside your home, or wherever the Amazon device is located.
    • By William Maley
      Up until now, the Honda Clarity has only been able as a hydrogen fuel cell only sold in California since they have the infrastructure. But today at the New York Auto Show has expanded the Clarity lineup with the introduction of electric and plug-in hybrid variants.
      We'll begin with the Clarity Electric which comes with 120-kW electric motor delivering 161 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. A 25.5-kWh battery pack provides the juice and can be recharged within three hours when plugged into a 240V outlet. As we reported previously and has since been confirmed by Honda, the Clarity EV will have a range of around 80 miles.
      Next is the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid that uses a more powerful electric motor (181 horsepower electric motor producing 232 pound-feet of torque) and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack. A 1.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder acts a range extender and direct power source (under certain conditions). Honda says the Plug-In can travel 42 miles on EV power alone. With the 1.5L engine, total range stands at 330 miles.
      Both Clarity models will be available later this year. The electric variant will only be available in California and Oregon as a lease-only program.
      Source: Honda
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      Honda Electrified! Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric Unveiled at 2017 New York International Auto Show

      Apr 12, 2017 - NEW YORK CITY
      "3-in-1" Clarity series provides unparalleled electric drive choice with premium midsize sedan capability and three advanced electrified powertrain options Plug-in Hybrid anticipated to earn 42-mile EV driving range rating and 330-mile extended range rating Honda targets five-fold increase in sales of electrified vehicles in next four years Honda today revealed its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell, saying it will target U.S. sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years. The Clarity series will contribute to an anticipated five-fold increase in Honda's U.S. sales of electrified vehicles over the next four years as the company works toward its target that two-thirds of its global automobile sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2030.
      The two all-new electrified Honda vehicles will join the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, to make Clarity the first ever vehicle series offering customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger sedan.
      "The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., at the company's auto show press conference. "The Clarity series also heralds the advancement of our Honda Electrification Initiative, representing our investment in the full spectrum of electric-vehicle technologies."
      "Electrification is the future of mobility and the future of Honda, and it all starts now with this new Clarity series," added Steve Center, vice president of the Connected and Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.
      Honda Clarity Series
      As the next progression of Honda's dynamic styling for electrified products, each Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, each Clarity series vehicle has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.
      Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and the full suite of HONDA SENSING™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.
      With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, the Clarity series has wide appeal. This shared "3-in-1" platform strategy will enable Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.
      The Clarity series is at the vanguard of Honda's commitment to address society's energy and environmental concerns as the company expects significant growth in sales of efficient, lower CO2 electrified vehicles. Honda has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid car to the U.S. market in 2018. The new Honda hybrid car will be made in America.
      Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
      The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching at dealerships nationwide later this year, is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles1, the longest of any midsize plug-in hybrid. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an anticipated overall driving range rating in excess of 330 miles1.
      The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe1  (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined, at the top of its class. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport – allowing drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode – HV mode – is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.
      As the sales volume leader in the Clarity lineup, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in two premium-contented trims, standard and Touring.
      Honda Clarity Electric
      The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is geared toward consumers who desire a spacious, comfortable and affordable sedan that suits their daily driving needs. The Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. The vehicle can by fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts, and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
      The model is anticipated to have an anticipated EPA fuel economy rating of 120/102/111 MPGe (city/highway/combined)2. Like the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the Clarity Electric features three selectable driving modes – Normal, Econ and Sport. The Clarity Electric will launch later this year, starting with an attractive lease program in California and Oregon.
      Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
      Honda views fuel cells as the ultimate zero-emissions vehicle technology and the Clarity Fuel Cell offers green early adopters the latest technology to be on the forefront of "what's next." Honda began deliveries of the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell in December 2016 in select California markets, where a consumer friendly network of hydrogen stations continues to grow, and has already delivered more than 100 vehicles.
      Technological innovations to the Clarity Fuel Cell have created a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent more compact with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to its predecessor, the Honda FCX Clarity. The more compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain, now comparable in size to a V-6 engine, fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a more spacious cabin with seating for five passengers.
      At 366 miles, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 68 MPGe3 combined. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available for the competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signing4. The lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California "White Sticker" single occupant HOV access. Lessees can also apply for the State of California $5,000 rebate5. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available in three colors: Bordeaux Red Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.

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