carmaker’s first hybrid
Lincoln introduced its first hybrid – the
new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – a premium midsize car poised to
be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.
Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41
miles per gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.
The new premium midsize sedan hybrid joins Ford Motor Company’s
growing lineup of hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid –
2010 North American Car of the Year and America’s most fuel-efficient
sedan – plus the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Milan and Mariner
Ford is introducing five new electrified vehicles by 2013. They
include the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010, the Focus
Electric in 2011, a next-generation hybrid electric vehicle and
a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in 2012, followed by
another next-generation hybrid electric vehicle in 2013.
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s projected fuel economy tops its nearest
competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 miles per gallon.
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid
technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine,
named one of Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines”.
The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine
and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance
and fuel economy.