Lincoln dropped plenty of jaws with the company's MKZ Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but the vehicle may have been a bit hotter than the company intended. Something seems to have gone awry with the showcar's electronics as it sat on the show floor. At some point, thin puffs of smoke began wafting from the driver's side door panel. No actual flames were spotted or damage reported, but something tells us someone is going to have some explaining to do in Dearborn (the screencap above appears to be an unnerved Joel Piaskowski, Ford's exterior design boss).

The Lincoln MKZ Concept heralds things to come from the production version of the vehicle set to debut later this year. The vehicle features the resurrection of the push-button transmission, the likes of which we haven't seen on a production vehicle since the late '60s. Lincoln promises to roll out drivetrain details as we get closer to the 2012 New York Auto Show. Here's hoping they can keep the vehicle from going all flambé between now and then. In the mean time, hit the jump to see the video of the concept smoking on stage.





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      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jim Carrey as the Mask voice: "Sssmokin!"
      jkt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smoking or Non-Smoking MKZ sir? Non-Smoking please, thank you.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a new feature. While other automakers offer you heated seats, we at Lincoln know that one of the most uncomfortable things to do with regards to your car is to contact a cold vehicle body when the vehicle has been exposed to wintery conditions so we offer you a heated car body. No more reaching for cold door handles for our customers....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
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      Robert Roldan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently if he calls the right number on his cell phone the smoke will go out!
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      At a good chance, it's probably a hickup but then... the effect seems to be a hard blow to their reputation. who does that in one of the biggest autoshow where you are expected at your best.
      Get Squirly
      • 2 Years Ago
      "****... who do I call?!?!"
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The vehicle features the resurrection of the push-button transmission, the likes of which we haven't seen on a production vehicle since the late '60s." Doesn't Aston Martin use push buttons for its auto?
        Joey Mcfreely
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Several vehicles do. Either he meant seen since the 60s in a lincoln, or zach is losing his marbles.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
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        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Regarding Aston, can't say for sure, but the last car equipped with a push button trans I saw (and drove) was a 1964 Chrysler Newport...hardly the "late 1960's"
      sc0rch3d
      • 2 Years Ago
      this would be a good caption contest.... "hmmm...something ain't right. the flamethrower sputtered."
      scificarolinaguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who you gonna call? SmokeBusters! Ole Henry Ford was rolling over in his grave that day... I'd hate to be in this guy's next meeting in Detroit!
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope everyone HERE at least realizes that concept cars are multi-million dollar one-off properties without much of the final production car's electrical, suspension, drivetrain, or safety equipment.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        not all concepts, this one seems very production ready to me
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jarda
          Really? You think ALL of the systems are 100% production ready? Don't think so, guy.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jarda
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          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jarda
          They don't need to be production ready. They just need to be non-combustible.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        They didn't put the car together overnight, and fires should never happen, whether it's a one off, or the millionth car off the line.
        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        Apple Pah doesn't.
        Dienliv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        They say it is 95% production ready. I'm still hoping that a remaining 4% goes towards refining the front, and the last 1% goes to finding smoke causing components to be made outside of China.
        someone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        I would question whether the smoke is related to vehicle wiring, or to the myriad extra lighting that is added to various features.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        True. The Mercury Marauder convertible concept didn't even have window glass in the doors, and was missing most of the electrical stuff. They're not meant to be driven on public roads (no VIN, and not EPA/DOT legal), so for people who end up buying them years later at auction (the Marauder was sold last year), they have to decide whether it's worth spending money for something that will likely be nothing more than an interesting conversation piece.
      ApplePie
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's not even in production yet and it's already malfunctioning?? LOL!!
        cqdeed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ApplePie
        Makes it tough to convince people to "Buy American".
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to change the names over at Lincoln. Then fold the brand or make it a top tier package like platinum. It's nice but it's not a serious luxury car and worthy of being a standalone brand. Better than caddy though. No bailout at least.
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        The loans are irrelevant today. Stop seeing automakers as taking $2.00 from you (which, I might add, secured numerous jobs).
          • 2 Years Ago
          @omgcool
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          whdlsn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @omgcool
          Lazer had the right reply to your comment. There are a lot of us out here that feel as he does. Are you listening, inside the beltway?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @omgcool
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