Lincoln MKS Performance: The available EcoBoost® V8 engine combines direct-injection technology and twin turbochargers to provide the performance of a V8 plus the fuel economy of a V6. EcoBoost generates 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque (with premium fuel) while delivering an EPA-estimated 17 city/25 hwy/20 combined mpg, AWD.
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Lincoln MKS Design: Intelligent Access with push-button start is a Lincoln MKS standard feature. With the key fob with you, in your pocket, purse or briefcase, just open the driver’s door. Once inside, press the brake pedal and then the start button, shift into gear and go. It’s so easy and convenient, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Learn More »
Lincoln MKS Technology: Now you can personalize your driving experience from entertainment to climate with simple voice commands, intuitive touch-screen controls or customizable cluster screens right in front of you.
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Lincoln MKS Luxury: Both driver and front passenger relax in the heated or cooled front seats with three temperature settings each. A thermal engine, operated independently of the vehicle’s climate control system, heats or cools the air and then circulates it through the perforated cushion and seat back. Heated rear outboard seats with two temperature settings are available. Learn More »
The new 2013 Mazda6 has been rumored to be taking a similar look to the Mazda Takeri that was shown last year and the Tokyo Motor Show. This article from CAR Magazine called Mazda6 (2013) - full scoop on new family car goes deeper into the details.
By Tim Pollard (artist’s impressions by Christian Schulte)
31 May 2012 09:40
Mazda is about to inject some concept car fizz into its 6 range – 2013’s new family car will draw heavily on the swoopy Takeri concept car shown at last autumn’s Tokyo motor show. Only minor details such as handles and mirrors will change, as depicted by CAR’s artist’s impressions.
But it’s not just a sassy new style that makes us sit up and take notice of the new Mazda 6. It’s the second production car borne out of the firm’s new SkyActiv engineering philosophy: carrying on from where the Gram strategy shaved every last ounce from the MX-5, Mazda now builds all its road cars to the weight-obsessed SkyActiv blueprint.
Mazda 6: the Skyactiv tech
It brings a lightweight modular architecture and a suite of clean petrol and diesel engines – which Mazda claims are nearly as frugal as hybrids without a bulky EV battery in sight. The Takeri’s 2.2 turbodiesel spat out 173bhp and 310lb ft, yet Mazda claimed just 104g/km of CO2.
Such cleanliness should be achievable on the new 6 since it’ll sport SkyActiv staples such as stop/start, low-friction components and regenerative braking. Dubbed i-ELOOP, this braking system harnesses energy when you dab the brakes and stores it in a capacitor to run the car’s electric systems. This saves battery drain and is claimed to stretch combined fuel economy by up to 10%.
Mazda 6 lands at the 2012 Paris motor show
Expect to see the new Mazda 6 at the Paris motor show this autumn – pointing to availability at UK dealers early in 2013. Two bodystyles will again be offered – a five-door hatchback or a sleek tourer – and we’d predict prices to kick off at around £18,500 for the base models.
Mazda might be losing money globally, but it’s trying to build its way out of a hole with new product to lure customers away from mainstream brands Ford and Vauxhall – and mid-market types such as Volkswagen and Honda.
The new CX-5 launching this summer is the first of a glut of newcomers: the 6 arrives next and by 2016 every model in the range will have been replaced.
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Ford is once again showing off its technological prowess, this time by building the next-generation Escape with a next-generation approach to manufacturing—and a team of more than 700 robots. These “workers” at Ford’s Louisville (Kentucky) Assembly Plant are vital to making sure the new Escape meets customer demands for high quality, particular in terms of fit and finish.
For example, some of the robots leverage the latest laser-guided, camera-enabled technologies to discover—and fix—even tiny deviations in body-panel gaps on the new Escape. Not only is the result more pleasing to the eye, but it’s more pleasing to the ear, too, since tight gaps help cut down on wind noise.
“The ability of the machines to register any difference in each vehicle on the line improves our quality by providing a custom-like build,” said Escape engineer Thomas Burns.
The technology also is making a big difference in the paint shop, where 88 new robots apply both paint and sealer to both the interior and the exterior of the new Escape. Now, since Ford doesn’t have to worry about adjusting airflow and climate control for human painters, the automaker can reduce the energy (and emissions) that traditionally go into building a vehicle like the Escape. It’s safer, too, because people don’t have to worry about being in the same room as potentially dangerous chemicals and paints, and they also can avoid repetitive motions that sometimes lead to injuries.
And remember, those robots—and their hard-working human teammates—are already on the job building the 2013 Ford Escape, which is set to reach dealerships this quarter.
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