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Next-Generation Lincoln Navigator Debuts in New York

The previous generation of the Lincoln Navigator had been in production for a decade, making it a prime candidate for getting a total makeover. Experts and enthusiasts alike knew a fresh take on the nameplate was in the works when a Navigator Concept made its way to the New York Auto Show stage last year. For the 2018 model year, however, Lincoln debuted the next-generation Lincoln Navigator at this year’s New York event.

Lincoln dropped a teaser of the new Navigator ahead of the show on April 10th, with a shadowy image depicting the 2018 model’s darkened silhouette illuminated by brilliant headlights. The auto show reveal showed off even more goodies: a flashy new chrome grille and cool new wheels. From the puddle lamp that illuminates the ground under the front doors as the driver approaches to the totally revamped interior, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator was clearly designed with next-level luxury in mind.

A host of new and innovative technology will be available in the next-generation Lincoln Navigator, including a Wi-Fi hotspot that can support 10 devices and the SYNC 3 system. A new twin-turbo V6 will deliver 450 HP when mated to Ford’s 10-speed transmission.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are very excited for when the production 2018 Navigator comes to our dealer lot.

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Why You Should Buy a 2017 Lincoln MKC

There are a number of compact luxury SUVs that might look tempting, but here are a few reasons why you should buy the 2017 Lincoln MKC.

An Interior That Goes Above & Beyond

There’s comfort and class, and then there’s the 2017 Lincoln MKC. Ambient lighting, active noise cancellation technology, and premium materials work together to create the ultimate luxury interior.

 

Innovative, Next-Generation Safety

With both a top safety rating and a host of cutting-edge safety systems like forward collision alert on its side, the Lincoln MKC will keep you and your passengers safe and sound.

 

Convenience Features & Amenities

The SYNC 3 infotainment system can be easily accessed via an 8-inch touchscreen, providing tons of entertaining and convenient features on the road. Plus, interior versatility and a hands-free power liftgate make running errands easier than ever.

 

Revolutionary Driving Experience

The unique gear-shifting system in the Lincoln MKC allows you to shift gears with the touch of a button, and with high-tech features like auto start-stop and auto hold, you can save big on gas without reducing performance.

 

And It Looks Good, Too

This goes without saying; the Lincoln MKC was designed to be stylish and modern.

 

If you’d like to buy a 2017 Lincoln MKC, call us or stop by Mountaineer Lincoln today. We’d be happy to give you more information or help you with any questions you have.

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Lincoln’s Chinese Production to Move to SUVs

Lincoln was late to the game when it came to entering China, the largest automotive market in the world. German and American rivals have gotten a jump when it comes to brand recognition, but Lincoln will turn the tables in a few short years. Lincoln’s Chinese production will move to the creation of a new SUV catered to the home market.

Lincoln’s new luxury SUV is set to roll off the line toward the end of 2019. The automaker currently imports vehicles into China, but that isn’t enough to meet the incredible demand. Sales leapt an astounding 180% in 2016 alone.

Despite the move to local production, Lincoln will continue to import vehicles from North America in order to meet demand.

“The move to local production is a key next step in Lincoln’s evolution in China and will complement continued imports from North America,” Ford Motor Company said in a statement.

Lincoln plans to have a total of 80 dealerships in China by the end of 2017. The brand will also open up to 10 smaller stores in low-tier Chinese cities.

Officials are keeping information regarding the new SUV under wraps for the time being. Expect to hear more about the upcoming model through the 2018 model year.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are pumped to see Lincoln surpass the competition with ease!

2019 Lincoln MKZ Could Be the Last

2019 Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is only in its second generation, but rumors are already swirling of the luxury sedan’s forthcoming demise. According to reports, the 2019 Lincoln MKZ could very well be the last as the brand aims to add more crossovers and SUVs to the lineup. While the MKZ may disappear, the name may stick around.

According to a report by Autoline Daily, the 2019 model year may be the last we see of the midsize sedan. The potential cut could come as a result of several production moves, namely the Ford Focus moving to Mexico and the Flat Rock assembly plant being converted into an electric- and autonomous-vehicle center.

While this may be the end for the MKZ nameplate, it may not be the last we see of a midsize sedan on the Lincoln lineup. Lincoln has seen great success with the new Continental, a naming structure that wanders from the alphanumeric.

If one thing is for certain, it’s that the Lincoln MKZ won’t be cut due to slow sales. The MKZ was one of the brand bestselling models in 2016 with over 30,000 sales.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are excited for the future of such an incredible luxury brand!

2017 Lincoln Continental Marks the Return of Real Luxury

2017 Lincoln Continental

The Return of Real Luxury

There’s little doubt that the American luxury market has been sparse in the past decade with few viable options that meet the needs of the modern driver. The 2017 Lincoln Continental looks to revolutionize the industry once more! The car of presidents and movie stars has made its return in a big way and marks the comeback of real luxury.

The 2017 Continental kicks things off with an E-latch door handle designed to make opening the door itself provide a sense of overwhelming luxury. The sleek lines and attractive grille create a sophisticated style, while the athletic wheels raise the bar for the industry as a whole.

Inside, drivers will enjoy the latest in infotainment technology, starting with the SYNC 3 system complete with advanced voice-recognition software. A Revel audio system provides pristine sound in the enclosed, acoustically-friendly cabin.

An available 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine offers 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque for a perfect 1:1 ratio. Plus, the new Lincoln Continental is available with all-wheel drive, allowing drivers to travel almost anywhere in complete style and comfort.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are happy to see the 2017 Continental leading the charge is bringing real luxury back to the United States!

J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Recognizes Lincoln

 

2017 Lincoln Continental - J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudyJ.D. Power is known for studies and findings that reveal the most dependable and reliable brands in the automotive industry. This year’s dependability study recognized quite a few brands for their premium offerings, including Lincoln. The rankings are in and further prove that long-term quality is a major factor in the purchasing decisions of consumers.

As a major luxury brand in North America, Lincoln has proven its designs and engineering are optimized for long-term dependability. The most recent study by J.D. Power, based on 2014-model-year vehicles, proves their worth.

Based on problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln scored well with just 150 owner-reported issues in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. For comparison, the industry average was 156 owner-reported issues per 100 vehicles. While some luxury brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, scored much lower, others scored well above average. Land Rover, for example, had 178 owner-reported issues per 100 vehicles.

Of the total scores, Lincoln ranked 12th of 31 brands. J.D. Power surveyed a total of 35,186 owners to conclude the study. Notably, Lincoln performed better than Cadillac with 150 versus 152 points-per-100 vehicles.

Most owners had problems with entertainment, media, and other technology systems, resulting in a higher amount of owner-reported issues across the board.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln are proud to see such an incredible brand scoring so well in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study!

How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

There’s nothing as good at getting rid of the winter blues as a great, colorful party. Mardi Gras has been celebrated all around the world for many years, and it makes for a fun, thematic get together. Here’s how to throw the perfect Mardi Gras party this year.

 

Decorations

As with any great party, you’ll need to set the mood. Decorate using the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold. Hang streamers, blow up balloons, and be sure you have plenty of traditional beads. Encourage guests to dress up in masquerade wear to add to the ambiance.

 

Activities

Before your guests arrive, set up a playlist full of New Orleans jazz, zydeco and other music from the Big Easy. Clear a space where guests can dance and mingle. Create a craft station and invite guests to decorate their own masquerade masks with feathers, paint, glitter, and ribbon.

 

Food

Mardi Gras is all about one last indulgence before Lent, so the food is an important part! Turn New Orleans classics like Muffuletta sandwiches into bite size snacks. Serve Cajun classics like red beans and rice, fried catfish, or jambalaya. And don’t forget to bake a big, colorful King Cake with a prize inside. Traditionally, whoever eats the piece with the prize becomes King for the day!

 

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Visit the Exhibition Coal Mine

Exhibition Coal Mine

If you live in Beckley, you’re aware of the city’s rich coal mining history. But have you taken the time to learn about what that job was like? Plan a visit to the Exhibition Coal Mine and you can see firsthand what the day-to-day life of a coal miner was like. The Exhibition Coal Mine brings in plenty of local and out-of-town visitors each year. Open from April 1st to November 2nd for drop-in tours, and all year for large groups, a visit to the Coal Mine is a great way to spend a day with friends and family.

Visitors hop aboard for a ride into the dark, cavernous passageways of the coal mine. Each guided tour is led by a veteran miner who can offer excellent first-hand explanations of every nook and cranny of the mine and the job itself. The tour’s route goes up to 1,500 feet and makes st ops at important sites so that the guide can explain their significances. The coal mine is always 58 degrees inside, so be sure to bring a jacket!

Once you’ve taken the tour, learn what a real Appalachian frontier settlement would have looked like at the Mountain Homestead. Check out the log house, the one-room schoolhouse, the blacksmiths’ and more. Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the lovely picnic tables before you head home!

Lincoln’s 2016 Sales Finish Strong

2017 Lincoln Continental - Beckley, WV

Thanks to cars like the Continental, Lincoln is prospering.

Both here in the United States and across the world in China, Lincoln’s 2016 sales are an excellent sign. U.S. sales finished off with a 10% gain, Lincoln’s best sales in nine years. In addition, sales in China tripled over the past year, making Lincoln the fastest-growing luxury brand there.

“The momentum is both gratifying and encouraging,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “We’re pleased clients are recognizing the superior experiences and vehicles Lincoln offers.”

Here in the U.S., Lincoln’s sales growth was especially significant. Lincoln saw a 10% growth, while the rest of the luxury market grew by less than 1%. The best markets for Lincoln included New York with sales growth of 13%; Florida, which was up by 10%; and New Jersey, where sales jumped 9%.

The all-new Continental helped give 2016 a big finish, with December sales up 18% when compared to December 2015. In fact, the flagship Continental was single-handedly responsible for 64% of December growth.

In December, Lincoln sold 1,845 Continental sedans, up from 1,419 in November. In addition, the Continental outsold both the Audi A6 and Lexus GS.

Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we had a great 2016, too. And, with these excellent sales numbers, we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.

Five Winter Accessories for Your Car

2016 Lincoln MKX - Beckley, WV

Is your vehicle winter-ready?

Here in West Virginia, winter weather can be harsh and we likely still have the worst ahead of us. If you have to drive through difficult winter conditions, here are five winter accessories for your car that will make the drive a little easier.

  1. Remote Starter. If your car isn’t already equipped with one, you can get one added. A remote starter is particularly useful on days when there is heavy snow and ice. Start warming up your car early and it will make scraping it off so much easier.
  2. Seat warmer. Many luxury models include this feature as standard, but if your car doesn’t, add an aftermarket warmer to keep you toasty during long winter drives.
  3. Snow tires. Snow tires are specifically designed to cut through snow. They are made with a unique rubber compound that stay pliable even under frigid conditions.
  4. All season floor mats. Get a set of heavy-duty rubber floor mats to save your car’s carpeting from the salt, dirt, and grime that gets dragged in during the winter.
  5. Emergency kit. You never know when the weather will get the best of you. Keep an emergency kit with winter necessities in your car.

If you want to get your car ready for winter, we offer many of these accessories right here at Mountaineer Lincoln.