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    How Much For The Lincoln MKZ?


    William Maley

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 24, 2012

    Today, Lincoln announced pricing for the 2013 MKZ. The MKZ starts at $35,925 (excluding $875 in destination fees), which nets you a 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder producing 240 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque, push-button shift, LED headlights, a 10.1-inch LCD instrument panel, an 8-inch touch screen display in the center stack, remote start, and Active Noise Control.

    For the same base price, you can order a MKZ Hybrid which replaces the 2.0L EcoBoost for an 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and a 70-kilowatt electric motor, for a combined 188 HP. Fuel economy is rated at 41 MPG City and 36 MPG Highway.

    Wanting a bit more power, you can step up to a 3.7L V6 which gets you 300 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque which will cost you $37,155. The 2.0L EcoBoost and 3.7L V6 come with option of AWD.

    Four trim lines will be offered on the MKZ: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Preferred. Premiere is the starting point, with the Select adding on a rear-view camera, wood steering wheel, rear parking sensors, HD Radio, and more. Reserve installs voice-recognition navigation, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, a power decklid, cooled seats, and a power tilt/telescopting steering wheel. Finally, we get to the Preferred which adds 19-inch polished/painted wheels, premium floor mats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a 110-volt powerpoint (included on MKZ Hybrid), and a THX II certified audio system.

    The MKZ goes on sale later this fall.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    All-New Lincoln MKZ Offers More Standard Features, Lower Price Than New Lexus ES 350

    MKZ Hybrid, available at same price as base gasoline-powered model, projected to remain America’s most fuel-efficient premium midsize sedan

    • The all-new Lincoln MKZ midsize premium sedan, representing the style and substance of the future of Lincoln, delivers more features and lower starting price than the new Lexus ES 350; dealer order banks now open

    • Standard equipment includes 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect technology, Lincoln Drive Control, unique push-button shift, remote start, LED headlamps and taillamps, and 60/40 split rear seat; class-exclusive retractable panoramic roof makes production debut

    • No price premium for new MKZ Hybrid

    DEARBORN, Mich., July 24, 2012 – The all-new Lincoln MKZ premium midsize sedan comes standard with more content and a lower starting price than the new Lexus ES 350.

    “The new MKZ and MKZ Hybrid are proof of our commitment to reinvent the Lincoln brand for a new generation of Lincoln customers,” said Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “There’s a large group of thoughtful individuals who take great pride in planning and following their own unique paths, and the MKZ is the first of a number of all-new vehicles designed with this same attitude to be a compelling choice for these independent-minded consumers.”

    The 2013 Lincoln MKZ includes several segment-firsts, plus features such as all-wheel drive that buyers cannot have on a new Lexus ES 350, whose starting price is $175 more than the new Lincoln MKZ’s.

    MKZ’s key standard features include:

    • Lincoln Drive Control, which orchestrates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), engine, transmission, Active Noise Control, traction control and stability control systems

    • 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, projected to produce 240 horsepower and fuel economy of 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway (front-wheel drive)

    • Push-button shift, a unique execution that replaces the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface and dramatically opens up the center console of the car

    • SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect technology

    • LED headlamps (segment-first) and taillamps

    • Intelligent Access with push-button start

    The 2013 Lincoln MKZ boasts 10 class-exclusive features, seven of which are standard: push-button shift, LED headlamps, 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster, Active Noise Control, 8-inch touch screen, remote start and Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler. Available features are the retractable panoramic roof, inflatable rear seat belts and multicontour front seats with Active Motion®.

    Base price for all of this is $35,925, excluding $875 delivery and destination charge.

    Plus, customers still can choose the MKZ Hybrid – projected to remain America’s most fuel-efficient premium midsize sedan – for the same price, unlike other luxury competitors.

    Dealer order banks are now open, and customers can configure their own virtual MKZ at http://www.lincoln.com/cars/mkz/2013.

    2013 MKZ Hybrid best price in class and improved performance

    Lincoln became the first automaker to offer luxury customers a premium hybrid vehicle with a suggested retail price matching its conventional gas sibling, starting with the MKZ Hybrid in 2010.

    This model has been a key component to bringing new customers into Lincoln showrooms, with 72 percent of hybrid buyers being new to the brand last year alone.

    Lincoln MKZ Hybrid customers receive the same key feature as Lincoln MKZ gas customers in their respective equipment groups. That means, for example, customers opting for the Hybrid Premiere Package receive SYNC with MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, leather-trimmed heated front seats, class-exclusive LED headlamps and Lincoln Drive Control.

    Other competitors charge a premium for their hybrid models. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h, for example, is priced at $38,850, representing a $2,750 premium over the 2013 Lexus ES 350 and nearly $3,000 ($2,925) more than the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

    Exclusive to the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is SmartGauge® with EcoGuide. This instrument cluster coaches drivers to become more fuel efficient, creating visual rewards in the form of the growth of virtual flowers on the system’s right-most screen for the driver’s efforts to operate the car in a fuel-efficient manner on a long-term, day-to-day basis.

    Lincoln’s white flowers, inspired by apple blossoms, remain permanently unless lifetime fuel economy is reset.

    On the all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, new lithium-ion batteries save weight and generate more power than the previous nickel-metal-hydride batteries. An all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine retains performance with more efficiency than the previous 2.5-liter unit, and the 70-kilowatt electric traction motor alone can power the car up to 62 mph.

    The electric traction motor during launch allows for a smaller gasoline engine and significantly reduces fuel consumption. In addition, when it is used as a generator, it helps recover the vehicle energy during deceleration or braking to recharge the battery pack. Projected total system power is 188 horsepower.

    Four levels of choice available

    The 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be available in four executions: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Preferred.

    The Select package includes the Premiere package plus:

    • Rear view camera

    • Wood steering wheel

    • Ambient lighting

    • Rear park sensors

    • HD Radio™ technology, which provides better audio quality, improved reception performance and more choices

    • Accent lighting in headlamps

    • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror

    The Reserve package includes the Select package plus:

    • Navigation System with voice recognition

    • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS alerts when a vehicle enters a blind spot; cross-traffic alert warns of traffic approaching from the sides, such as leaving a parking space in reverse

    • Power decklid

    • Cooled seats

    • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel

    The Preferred package includes the Reserve package plus:

    • 19-inch polished wheels with painted pockets

    • Premium floor mats

    • Heated steering wheel

    • Heated rear seats

    • 110-volt powerpoint (standard on MKZ Hybrid)

    • THX® II Certified Audio System

    Thoughtful and intuitive technology

    Meaningful technology applied in an intuitive manner is a key component of this new Lincoln.

    Consider, for instance, the MKZ’s retractable panoramic roof. This visually and technically stunning feature becomes a Lincoln signature, offering a 15.2-square-foot glass panel and one of the largest rooftop openings available on any modern sedan. Click here to learn more about this available roof, which is priced at $2,995.

    For audio enthusiasts, MKZ offers the available Lincoln-exclusive THX II Certified Audio System. It features 700 watts, 14 channels and 14 speakers.

    THX audio engineers spent more than 200 hours custom-tuning the THX-certified equipment to deliver home-theater surround sound, creating one of the industry’s most powerful audio systems.

    To aid drivers, the new Lincoln MKZ offers a Lane Keeping System, a suite of advanced driving aids that helps drivers avoid drifting from their lane due to distraction or fatigue. Consisting of Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Assist, the Lane Keeping System utilizes a mono-vision camera integrated into the rearview mirror to read the lane markers ahead.

    The Lane Keeping System is available as part of the Technology Package, which also includes adaptive cruise control, active park assist, auto high beams and rain-sensing wipers. For a more complete description of the Lane Keeping System, click here.

    The new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable outboard rear seat belts. Rear-seat passengers – often children or mature passengers – can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries.

    These inflatable second-row, outboard seat belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area of conventional belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion and helping reduce the risk of injuries.

    Emphasizing performance and efficiency, the optional 3.7-liter V6 engine produces a projected 300 horsepower, an increase of 37 horsepower over the previous MKZ V6, while improving fuel economy approximately 5 percent to an estimated 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway (all-wheel drive).

    “The all-new Lincoln MKZ represents a new day for Lincoln and we consider it a worthy new calling card for a reinvented brand,” said Farley. ”Along with a reinvented customer experience of delightful personal service, we are confident Lincoln will be on the leading edge of attracting a new class of premium buyers who delight in discovering new and better ways of rewarding and distinguishing themselves from the norm.”

    The 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be in dealerships in late fall.

    For a full press kit on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, click here. Information on the all-new MKZ also can be found by downloading the Experience Lincoln app available now for free in the App Store and Google Play.

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    It has a unique look, but I am not really a fan of it. They put a lot of features on this car, but at the end of the day, this is still a Fusion. Although the 2013 Fusion looks better.

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    Like the push button tranny, reminds me of old Chyrsler cars. Feature rich, but design language ugly.

    Not a fan and I think it is over priced for the type of engine you get.

    Pass on wanting to buy one.

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    they should have done the shifter maybe like the jag, just a dial in the same spot...i think that is how Jag does it. there is nothing ergonomic or intuitive about random shift buttons on the dash. what happens if those buttons crap out?

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    they should have done the shifter maybe like the jag, just a dial in the same spot...i think that is how Jag does it. there is nothing ergonomic or intuitive about random shift buttons on the dash. what happens if those buttons crap out?

    The old Chrysler push buttons were manual and never failed in the cars I came across or when family had one. But here, I do wonder if some electronic fails does it just lock up or go into a limp home mode?

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      For the 2017 model year, Nissan adds an all-new TITAN half-ton pickup, powered by Nissan's new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine, to the expanding TITAN XD lineup. TITAN XD is currently offered in a Crew Cab body with a choice of a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the Endurance® V8. New TITAN XD and TITAN Single Cabs, the first single cab variants in TITAN history, join the lineup in late fall. A King Cab body configuration, along with a V6 engine, will follow at a later date.
       
      "TITAN will ultimately be available in a total of three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, 4x4 and 4x2 drive and S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trim levels – covering about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace," said Diaz. "And each and every one of them will be covered by the new 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – the best truck warranty in America."
    • By William Maley
      With a supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 looks to be giving a number of sports car a run for their money. But getting into one will cost you a fair penny. Chevrolet has announced the Camaro ZL1 will begin at $62,135 for the coupe and $69,135 for the convertible. Both prices include destination.
       
      “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe – at any price – around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing.
       
      If that is a bit too much, Chevrolet has the 1LE package available for the LT and SS models. The LT 1LE comes with FE3 suspension package with stabilizer bars, mechanical limited-slip differential, upgraded cooling system, and four-piston Brembo brakes up front. The SS 1LE features the FE4 suspension package with magnetic ride control, electronic limited slip differential, six-piston Brembo brakes, and a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.
       
      The 1LE adds $4,500 to the base price of the LT and $6,500 to the SS.
       
      Source: Chevrolet
       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      2017 CAMARO ZL1 AND 1LE: GET USED TO OUR TAILLIGHTS
      Lighter, more powerful performance models put pricier competition in the rearview

      DETROIT – The 2017 ZL1, the most powerful production Camaro ever, and the track-bred 1LE are designed to deliver exhilarating performance on both the open road and the road course, at prices that leave the competition behind.
       
      When they go on sale later this year, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be priced at $62,135 for coupe models and $69,135 for convertibles. Prices include destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees. The 1LE package is a $4,500 MSRP option on Camaro V-6 LT coupe models and $6,500 on the V-8 1SS coupe model. For LT coupes, the 1LE package features the Camaro SS’s FE3 suspension, while the 1SS benefits from the ZL1’s electronic limited-slip differential and FE4 suspension with Magnetic Ride dampers.
       
      “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe – at any price – around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director, Chevrolet marketing.
       
      “Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.”
       
      ZL1
      0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds Quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph 1.02 g max cornering 60-0 mph braking in 107 feet (32 meters) 220-pound (100 kg) weight reduction 650-horsepower (485 kW) supercharged LT4 6.2L V-8 engine

      *ZL1 performance numbers achieved with a coupe equipped with the available 10-speed automatic transmission and using original-equipment tires on a non-prepped surface.
       

      1LE
      0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with Camaro LT 1LE 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds with Camaro SS 1LE 0.97 g max cornering with Camaro LT 1LE 1.02 g max cornering with Camaro SS 1LE 60-0 mph braking in 112 feet (34 meters) with Camaro LT 1LE 60-0 mph braking in 107 feet (32 meters) with Camaro SS 1LE 230-pound (104 kg) weight reduction (SS 1LE to previous model)

    • By William Maley
      If you want the most off-road capable Toyota Tacoma, then you'll be happy to hear the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will be arriving at dealers next months. But it will cost you a fair chunk of cash.
       
      The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will carry a base price of $41,700 (includes a $940 destination charge). This nets you an off-road package that includes FOX 2.5 internal bypass shocks, new front springs with a 1-inch lift, and a revised rear suspension with progressive leaf-springs. The exterior features a retro Toyota grille, new head and taillights, front skid plate, and a set of 16-inch wheels wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced off-road tires.
       
      Power comes from a 3.5L V6 with 278 horsepower. The V6 in the TRD Pro features a larger alternator, and coolers for the oil and power-steering. A six-speed manual comes standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional. No matter which transmission you choose, you'll get a part-time four-wheel drive system. Models with the manual transmission A-TRAC 4WD traction control system that modulates power to all four wheels without cutting the throttle. Opt for the automatic and you'll get Crawl Control that manages the throttle and brakes to maintain movement at one of five speed settings.
       
      Source: Toyota
       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      Toyota Releases Pricing for All-New 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro
       
      TORRANCE, Calif., August 2, 2016 - - It’s dirtier than ever and it’s coming soon! It’s the highly anticipated return of the all-new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro! Whether tackling treacherous snow-covered terrain, driving off the beaten path, or surviving extreme conditions where roads fear to tread, the adrenaline-pumping Tacoma TRD Pro will be up for any challenge.
       
      Based on the ninth-generation Toyota Tacoma pickup that launched last fall, the Tacoma TRD Pro will start getting down and dirty when it reaches dealerships later this month.
       
      The Toyota Tacoma rejoins the 2017 model year TRD Pro family with all-new factory-installed off-road equipment designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to make it EVEN MORE off-road capable than before.
       
      Aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who know the value of body-on-frame construction, and challenge themselves and their trucks and SUV’s in some of the harshest conditions, the new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will raise the bar on TRD Pro performance. Courtesy of TRD, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will add an array of new performance equipment and features, making this a truly next-generation TRD Pro product, and the new benchmark for challenging off-road terrain.
       

      Extreme Exterior for Extreme Performance
      The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is designed to not only look tough, but to perform in the toughest off-road environment. Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double Cab Short Bed model in either 6-speed manual (with clutch start-cancel switch) or 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will be available in three exterior colors: Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. The exterior of each Tacoma TRD Pro model will also include:
      16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate Rigid Industries® LED fog lights New projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and auto on/off feature New taillights with black bezels TRD Pro badge on front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate badging

      Each Tacoma TRD Pro will also come equipped with a heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille with color-keyed surround, blacked out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and a color-keyed rear bumper.
       
      Interior Sportiness Combined with Convenience Technology
      Driving a truck designed for harsh off-road conditions does not mean you also have to live without riding in comfort or the latest safety and convenience technologies. The new Tacoma TRD Pro combines performance and convenience with standard features that include:
      Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logo located on the headrests Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite New for 17MY power sliding rear window with privacy glass TRD shift knob TRD Pro floor mats Rear parking assist sonar Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

      The new Tacoma TRD Pro also includes an analog instrumentation that features a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display (MID) with an integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge. The MID also has outside temperature, odometer, tripmeters, and average fuel economy.
       
      As in all Tacoma models, a GoPro® mount is located on the windshield for serious off-roaders who like to document their exploits with GoPro® HERO cameras.
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