Such is the case with the fetching Lincoln Concept C, originally shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009.
Ford Inside News reports that the Concept C has been axed, but the truth is, it was never confirmed for production in the first place. Instead, Lincoln's three-year plan includes seven all-new or "significantly refreshed" models, one of which will sport a diminutive footprint. But is it a C-segment vehicle? Sorta.
Rather than rework a sedan/hatch based on the Ford Focus platform – something Lincoln is shying away from as it attempts to move away from the badge-engineering game – our source tells us that Lincoln's previously announced C-segment entrant is likely to be a compact CUV based off the new Escape platform with a reworked stance and a different seating setup. And if our tea leaves are in order, we'd expect to see some kind of concept version within the next year, likely sporting a hybrid-electric drivetrain.