Auto News for March 30

LincolnLincoln Continental Concept



For now, it is called the Continental Concept but from all reports it will be Lincoln’s new top-of-the-line car with a coming out party at the New York Auto Show this week. It will feature a “Lincoln exclusive” 3.-0 liter V6 EcoBoost engine and a choice of three driving modes – normal, sport and comfort. The interior is described as a “Moving Sanctuary” featuring a tablet lap tray that deploys from the center console, a switch to move the vacant front seat forward, and “a champagne storage compartment.” The Detroit News said the full size sedan concept is very close to the production version that will appear in 2016. It sure is a different design for Lincoln, and it’s neat they brought back the Continental name.


It will not be sold in the U.S., but I thought readers should see what a Mercedes pickup truck would look like. The company confirmed that it will manufacture the truck by 2020 to be sold in Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe where there has been “sustained growth” in the truck market. You might remember that both Lincoln and Cadillac have offered a luxury truck here, and sales were less than robust. And the full size trucks now on sale offer every conceivable option, for a price.

Press days begin Wednesday at the New York show, and look for extensive coverage right here. In addition to the Lincoln, new models are expected from Cadillac, Chevy, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan and two from Scion.

Acura will attract more than a few eyes to its display that will feature the NSX supercar and the TLX GT Perelli World Challenge race car right next to it.

Aston Martin Vulcan 2 Aston Martin Vulcan

“The British brands most intense and exhilarating creation to date,” is the way Aston Martin refers to the striking Vulcan. It features 800 horsepower from a 7.0-liter V12 “petrol” engine with mid-engine, rear wheel drive. It will be limited to just 24 examples worldwide. Aston said it will be a track-only supercar that carries a design language “hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars …”  It’s power-to-weight ratio is said to exceed that of GTE race cars, with a six speed sequential shift gearbox and huge 345/30-19 rear wheels. If you would like to see one, it will be on display at the New York extravaganza. Oh, price, you want to know price? It is said to be a tidy, Powerball winners only, $2.3 million.



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