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#41 OFFLINE   SoonerLS

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:22 PM

there is a market for providing extendable versions to aftermarket converters, I believe Cadillac does that with XTS.- maybe Lincoln too with MKS or MKT.

Lincoln has two versions of the MKT designed specifically for the taxi/livery market. IIRC, one basically has a taxi/livery-ready wiring harness, but the other is prepped for being extended. As I understand it, they've not gone over very well with the livery operators. It might help if there were a similar program for the MKS, but there's not.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:03 PM

Lincoln has two versions of the MKT designed specifically for the taxi/livery market. IIRC, one basically has a taxi/livery-ready wiring harness, but the other is prepped for being extended. As I understand it, they've not gone over very well with the livery operators. It might help if there were a similar program for the MKS, but there's not.

Just my opinion but I think Ford backed the wrong horse here, MKT/Town Car replacement  needed to be more conservative and a sedan....


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:34 PM

Just my opinion but I think Ford backed the wrong horse here, MKT/Town Car replacement  needed to be more conservative and a sedan....


I'd argue that Ford never intended for the MKT to go to fleets as a direct Town Car replacement, but only when sales for the vehicle didn't pan out as projected (or at least hoped), they went with a last-minute "knee-jerk" MKT as a Town Car replacement plan in order to hopefully increase sales volume.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:38 PM

I'd argue that Ford never intended for the MKT to go to fleets as a direct Town Car replacement, but only when sales for the vehicle didn't pan out as projected (or at least hoped), they went with a last-minute "knee-jerk" MKT as a Town Car replacement plan in order to hopefully increase sales volume.

Yes, Fleet redirection was a contingency plan after the fact. Horbury's design was a flop.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:44 PM

My office is next door to LAX so I see MKT Town Cars daily. It seems like a perfect fit. When you look at any purpose-built taxi vehicle they always have odd proportions. Maybe MKT-TCs are slow selling because all the livery companies stocked up on Town Cars before they were discontinued?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:33 PM

Yes, Fleet redirection was a contingency plan after the fact. Horbury's design was a flop.

 

Yes it was and is. The concept had a charm that completely disappeared in the production vehicle, IMHO. Production compromises resulted in awkward execution. :)

 

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:34 PM

Just my opinion but I think Ford backed the wrong horse here, MKT/Town Car replacement  needed to be more conservative and a sedan....

Maybe, but I don't think Lincoln wanted either of them in that market, and Lincoln didn't need somewhere to send the MKS; it has, apparently, been selling well enough, and for high enough ATPs, that they can afford to mark time with it. The livery-ready MKTs came out so far behind the MKT itself that it was apparent that they were desperately seeking a niche for it.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:37 PM

Yes it was and is. The concept had a charm that completely disappeared in the production vehicle, IMHO. Production compromises resulted in awkward execution. :)

I see what you mean. Adding doorhandles just makes the production MKT look hideous. ;)


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