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Town Car may be a nameplate still associated with Lincoln, but as any New Yorker will tell you, it's also a class of car and its application: large domestic luxury sedans used as chartered taxi cabs preferred by executives and highly valued professionals to get from one meeting to the next through Manhattan's notorious traffic. It's a market Lincoln itself is keen to retain, but with the demise of the Town Car as a model, it's pitching the MKT crossover for the application. Cadillac, however, is going with the XTS.

The top-end GM marque's new flagship sedan will be presented on February 13 at the upcoming International LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There, Cadillac will showcase the XTS W20 Livery Sedan Package, paving the way for extended-wheelbase and even sedan chassis to be made available sometime later this year.

So will Cadillac finally be able to leapfrog past longtime rival Lincoln in this vital market? Will the XTS prove the ultimate successor to the Town Car? Follow the jump for the full press release and cast your vote in the poll below.

Which will succeed the Town Car?
Cadillac XTS 5214 (80.0%)
Lincoln MKT 1307 (20.0%)
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Cadillac, Premier Sponsor at 28th Annual International LCT Show Produced by LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Magazine, Set to Debut New Livery Vehicle

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jan 26, 2012) - Annual International LCT Show produced by Bobit Business Media, with media sponsor, LCT (Limousine, Charter and Tour) Magazine announced a Premier Sponsor, Cadillac, will debut new their newest livery vehicle during the event, taking place February 13-15 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Cadillac jump-starts a changing limousine market with a long-awaited premier luxury sedan it hopes will catapult it ahead of longtime livery rival Lincoln. Once unveiled Feb. 13, the Cadillac XTS will go head-to-head with other luxury brand sedans in the industry. Buyers will need to choose between the multiple luxury sedan offerings and the crossover-styled MKT Town Car that Lincoln is showing.

While a successor to the former DTS/DeVille line of luxury sedans, the XTS heralds a revamped design that emphasizes a sportier, younger luxury image suffused with advanced technology and intuitive connectivity. "This new vehicle will help dispel some of the myths out there about Cadillac," said Ray Bush, Cadillac Professional Vehicles Program Manager. "The Cadillac of old was from the standpoint of large, floaty vehicles. Cadillac has moved away from that with its new products launched over the last 10 years. The XTS will further that with outstanding ride characteristics that compare favorably with Cadillac vehicles of the past."

Standard features include: illuminated door handles, push-button start, Brembo brakes, rear vision camera and obstacle detection, and OnStar. Optional features include: Navigation system; a Luxury Package with a memory driver's seat, heated/cooled front seats and a premium audio system with surround sound; and a Rear Comfort package with heated seats, side-window and backlight sun shades and Tri-zone HVAC controls.

The XTS "W20 Livery Sedan Package" will be unveiled in the Cadillac booth at the International LCT Show, with the extended sedan and limousine chassis available later this year. Special pricing and incentives are expected be announced at the show as well. All vehicles for the chauffeured transportation industry are covered with PVPP extended warranty for 3 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

For more information on the International LCT Show, visit www.LCTSHOW.com.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      The XTS looks gorgeous compared to the MKT. Lincoln needs to change its design language.
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a smart move by Caddy, if for no other reason than the MKT looks like a whale did it with a Flex. Sure, if livery customers are buying on utility, the MKT definitely has its merits. But if they're going on looks, there's no comparison. But all of these livery vehicles should have hybrid powertrains considering how much idling and stop-n-go they do. It'd save the owners 30%+ in fuel.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      THe MKT is a wonderful car interior wise, but unfortunately not many people will buy it A because many people don't think of it as a successor to the Town car and B because to me, it the worst styled car on the road.
      Leather Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sergio has a full plate right now, but a stretched Chrysler 300 might steal some livery sales from Cadillac and Lincoln. It's the right shape and configuration; just add a bit more bling to the outside, luxe-up the interior a bit more, and revive the old Imperial name (Imperial, Crown Imperial, Imperial LeBaron, etc.).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
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      Egon
      • 3 Years Ago
      FoMoCo has been on quite a roll recently, but euthanizing the Town Car without a suitable replacement waiting in the wings appears to be a serious miscalculation. Try as they might, the MKT just doesn't have the right proportions when stretched into a hearse or limo. Granted, it's a relatively small niche market, but I'm surprised that Ford seems content to hand it over to GM.
        mkenjalo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Egon
        That, and handing the Crown Victoria's market over as well (Chevy Caprice PPV).
      BuckD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand Ford's logic in pushing the MKT for livery. They look goofy, their size is a disadvantage in NYC traffic, and I don't think the typical Manhattan executive would want to be caught dead in one. If I were a Manhattanite and had a choice between an MKT and an XTS to whisk me off to my uptown health club, I'd jump in the XTS.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BuckD
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      teamplayers99
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry Lincoln, I want to like you, I really do. But even your commodious trunk can't handle all the baggage you've got. Caddy up.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys need to get rid of these AOL pop-ups!
      Patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      The white with black wood interior pic was very inviting.
      4onTheFloor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the reason you see so many Lincoln Town Cars in NYC is due to the large number of Crown Vic cabs and the almost interchangeable parts (other than body). With the Crown Vics getting phased out, I'm not sure Lincoln will have the same dominance (that isn't to say that Cadillac will). TLC seems to be getting relatively lax in their vehicle requirements - I saw a Corolla the other day. Unless, of course, we're talking about private vehicles. In that case, it's Benz, Benz, and ... Benz.
      Carl Wilson
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing is beautiful
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Hyundai just built a long wheel base Sonata, it wouldn't look too far off from this Caddy
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        What on earth are you talking about. These two look NOTHING alike. Not even remotely.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
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