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16NHTSA will investigate some Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ models for power steering issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ, the 2012 MKZ Hybrid and 2011 Mercury Milan because the agency has hundreds of complaints of electric power steering failure in these models.

9Ford hybrid sales rebound following MPG controversy

Ford hybrid customers apparently have very short memories. With two EPA fuel economy reratings in the last year, sales of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ haven't been too terribly dented, Ward's Auto reports.

15Lincoln, GMC clean up in AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

In recent years, there have been a lot of dire pronouncements made about Lincoln's future, or a lack thereof. But Ford's premium marque is like the Rocky Balboa of the auto business; every time the company seems ready to go, it comes back for more. Apparently, that dogged persistence is paying off, because the industry analysts at AutoPacific have put a big check in their win column with their newly released 2014 model year vehicle satisfaction survey. And despite recent enmity for its seemingly

23Lincoln bringing in MKZ Hybrid over rollaway risk

Federal safety standards require that every new car needs to have the brake depressed in order to shift it out of Park. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found fault in the transmission range sensor on certain examples of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, allowing the car to be shifted out of Park without first depressing the brake. The fear is that with this condition, affected vehicles may be unintentionally pulled out of Park, resulting in a possible rollaway. That safety conce

102Ford recalls 7,300 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids for potential rollaway problem

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid might not be "true luxury," yet, but it is being recalled. According to The Detroit News, around 7,300 gas-electric MKZs from the 2013-2014 model years have a problem with the powertrain control module that could cause the vehicles to roll even after being put into park. The problem is that the software can sometimes allow the shift to happen even if the brake pedal isn't pushed down. No injuries have been reported, Ford said.

52Lincoln poised to double MKZ Hybrid production

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has been something of a hit for Ford since the beginning, exceeding the company's modest projected 15-percent take rate for more than two years (we say "modest" because that still means an overwhelming majority of Lincoln customers are passing up on the gas-electric powertrain even though it costs the same as the standard model). Either way, Lincoln builds 700 MKZ Hybrids at its plant in Mexico each month, but has sold 715 of them in each of the past three months. That's w

81Ford hybrids getting update to improve fuel economy

Ford has announced that it is introducing "calibration updates designed to improve on-road fuel economy for owners of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid."

AddFord increasing Lincoln MKX Hybrid production mix to 30%

Demand for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is strong enough that Ford will change the production mix from 20 percent to 30 percent hybrids for the 2014 model year.

AddFord's Jim Farley hints at Lincoln sales rebound

If you're a fan of Lincoln, get ready for "a really great story" come May 1. That's how Ford marketing boss Jim Farley, in a call with analysts, characterized the coming April sales report for the MKZ. At the moment, there are probably few things that the executive VP could want more than a happy ending for the ballyhooed sedan that has made people cry boo-hoo for the past six months.

AddFord gets two patents for fuel-saving SmartGuage with EcoGuide

Praised by CleanMPG as "spectacularly clean and concise," Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide has received two patents for assisting drivers in maximizing fuel economy. Found on the 2011 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids, SmartGauge with EcoGuide instantaneously calculates both power and fuel consumption. The point, of course, is to let drivers use this info to pilot vehicles in such a manner that reduces fuel consumption.

27Video: Lincoln hires a Mad Man for new commercials

Mad Men's John Slattery, Lincoln's new pitchman. Follow the jump to watch the new TV spot.

AddFord VP: "Uncertainty about fuel prices has changed the mindset of customers"

2011 Ford Explorer Live Debut in Southern California – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFord VP: "You can't sell a hybrid in today's market"

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Add2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid priced at $35,180, same as V6 model

2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

462011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid priced equal to V6 at $35,180

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

362011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid officially rated at 41 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Add2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid officially rated at 41 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy

2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

27Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets updated SmartGauge with apple blossoms

When the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid goes on sale this fall, it will have an updated version of the SmartGauge that debuted last year on the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The basics of the SmartGauge remain the same, with a pair of 4.3-inch LCD displays flanking a central speedometer. The LCDs can display several layers of information to help coach the driver to be a more efficient motorist.

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