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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!

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!

Lincoln’s 2016 Sales Finish Strong

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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

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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.

What to Do if You Hit an Animal while Driving

If you’re unfortunate enough to hit an animal while driving, there are some things you should do, both in terms of your own safety and the law.

Immediately after the collision, pull over to the side of the road and put your emergency lights on, and if you have flares put them out so other drivers have forewarning.

If you hit an animal, it’s important to call the police and report the accident. Many states require you to do so and enforce penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an animal collision.

This is good not only so that the animal can get some kind of medical attention or be removed from the scene but also so that you have a report of the incident to tell your insurance company about if your vehicle needs repairs.

After you’ve called the authorities, take photos of the scene to document for the police report and your insurance company. If the animal seems to still be alive, keep an eye on it and keep some distance from it—it’s probably scared and may attack if you get too close.

Do your best to avoid hitting animals by staying off the road when it’s dark, going the speed limit, and avoiding driving distractions.

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Fun Thanksgiving Treats that Aren’t Pie

If you want to mix it up at Thanksgiving this year, we’ve found some fun dessert ideas that will set your treat apart from the smorgasbord of pies. Plus, they’re super fun for the kids to help out with!

Check out Delish.com’s article on Turkey Treats for a 14 cute and simple recipes. Using chocolate peanut butter cups for the faces and candy corns for feathers, you can make adorable turkey Rice Krispie treats, or turn no-bake cookies into turkeys with pretzel sticks. If you want to get really artsy, make some cutout cookies and decorate them—the ones featured here are seriously impressive.

Delish.com also has an article on mini-desserts for Thanksgiving so you can put away as many different kinds of sweet things as you possibly can before the day is done. Mini sweet potato soufflés, pumpkin cheesecake fries, pumpkin spice fudge, and fried apple rings are just a few of the recipes on this list, and they all look absolutely amazing.

You should also look through the New York Times Cooking section for non-pie Thanksgiving desserts, which features pecan pie truffles, pumpkin panna cotta, pumpkin gelato, and apple crumb crostata. I think we’re developing a pattern here. Is it really a Thanksgiving dessert if there’s no apple or pumpkin?

These recipes are perfect for the pie-exhausted baker, so click those links and get inspired!

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Lincoln Black Label Benefits

Lincoln Black Label Benefits

Lincoln Black Label is like James Bond – ready, willing, and excellent at what it does. Once you become a member of Lincoln Black Label, you’ll enjoy all the wonderful and exclusive benefits. From hands-on assistance to vehicle care, there are plenty of reasons to buy a Lincoln Black Label vehicle.

From beginning to end, there will be a Black Label liaison at your service. They’ll answer any questions, take care of any requests, and work out any problem you may encounter. Overall, the entire process will be easy and simple so you don’t have to stress.

Keeping your vehicle clean and cared for is important, and that’s why Lincoln Black Label is ready for you. You can get a complimentary car wash at any time and annual detailing is available for your convenience.

As you’d expect from such an exquisite service, Lincoln Black Label is willing to deliver. If you live within 30 miles of a participating Lincoln Black Label dealership, you can have your car delivered to you.

Possibly best of all, being a Lincoln Black Label member gives you access to the Culinary Collection. With a list of restaurants with the best-of-the-best chefs, you can get an at-your-service dining experience anytime. To kick off your Lincoln Black Label membership, you’ll enjoy a complimentary dinner for two at any of the Culinary Collection restaurants.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

This year’s holiday season will be kicking off in just a few weeks with ghosts and ghouls wandering the streets in search of goodies. Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s time to get costumes, routes, and candy in order. Having a safe night is more important than a bag full of candy. Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we have a few trick-or-treat safety tips to make every parent’s life easier this Halloween!

  • Driving – Check your area’s local trick-or-treat hours and avoid driving if possible. If not, minimize distractions by turning off the radio, putting the smartphone away, and keep your lights on at all times. Doing so could prevent an accidental collision with a child.
  • Costumes – Make sure your child’s costume fits well enough that they aren’t going to trip, overheat, or be too cold on trick-or-treat night. Attach a glow stick to their costume to ensure you can spot them from a distance among a crowd of children. The last thing any parent wants is an injured or missing child, after all.
  • Routes – An adult should accompany children under the age of 12 while those over the age of 13 should stick to familiar, well-lit areas. Parents and supervisors should plan their route ahead of time to avoid any lost children and maximize candy collection.

Lincoln Motor Company Philanthropy Exceeds $6.2 Million

Through its campaign Driven to Give, Lincoln Motor Company philanthropy has exceeded $6.2 million, with $1.5 million raised in the last year alone. Driven to Give began in 2011 to help Lincoln dealers support their communities by teaming up with non-profit organizations.

Lincoln Motor Company philanthropy

This fall, Lincoln will use the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental to support its charity efforts, with participation in Driven to Give building with anticipation for the upcoming Lincoln lineup. Lincoln dealers host a one-day event where they agree to donate $20 for every participant who test drives a new Lincoln. Lincoln even has a way for customers to earn a bonus donation for up to $40 per participant.

Lincoln works with schools and local organizations to host Driven to Give events. This lets them not only donate money but build relationships with these organizations, become personally involved in the community, and get to know potential Lincoln drivers.

One of the organizations benefitted by Driven to Give is Magical Meadows, a therapeutic horse riding facility that in Indiana that helps children and people with developmental disabilities to use horse riding as a way to exercise, relax, and gain self-confidence.

The Lincoln Continental will be eligible this fall, and this year’s bonus vehicle is the Lincoln MKZ, while last year’s was the MKX.

How to Refill Tires

The weather is going to take a turn for the colder soon, and that can mean a big decrease in your tire pressure. Cold makes the air in tires shrink, so it’s important throughout fall and winter to consistently check the pressure and add air when necessary. Just follow this easy guide on how to refill tires.

Buy a pressure gauge if you don’t already have them—they can run pretty cheap, so you don’t have to worry about cost. Check your pressure every couple of weeks and check your owner’s manual for the right psi for your car’s tires.

If your pressure is low, adding air is a simple process. Whether you have an air hose at home or need to run to the gas station, it won’t take more than a few minutes. If you have to go to the gas station, bring quarters to pay for the air. Make sure you bring enough to fill up all the tires you need to do.

You fill tires the same way you check the pressure—take the cap off the valve stem and press the tip of the hose into it. If you can hear air leaking out, you haven’t connected the hose to the valve stem correctly. Remove the hose periodically to check the pressure. If it gets too high at any point, just let a little out. Repeat with all the tires that are low on air, and you’re done!

Don’t forget to schedule your service appointment with us for any other service needs!

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