Lincoln Displays Ultimate Town Car and Concept LS at New York Auto Show
|NEW YORK, April 19, 2000 - Lincoln features the all-new 2000 Cartier L -
the ultimate Town Car - and a concept version of its ultimate driver's car - the Lincoln
LS - on the turntables at the New York International Auto Show.
The Cartier L is the first factory-produced long-wheelbase Lincoln Town Car. The luxury
sedan's body is extended 6 inches at the factory, providing an additional 7.5 cubic feet
of luxurious space for rear-cabin passengers.
The concept LS begins with the platform that helped LS receive Motor Trend's coveted
Car of the Year award. Lincoln designers then added features to give it a sportier look.
The new features include projector headlamps, dark tinted windows, 18-inch wheels,
chrome-tipped exhaust pipes and a rear deck extension.
|Each of these two lead vehicles on the Lincoln stand defines American
luxury in a distinctive fashion.
"The Town Car Cartier L is designed for consumers
who want an even roomier, more luxurious, full-size sedan with all the comforts and
amenities Lincoln customers expect in a luxury automobile," said Lincoln President
The half-foot of extra space means more legroom, which, coupled with interior upgrades,
provides a more comfortable and relaxed ride. Other features that contribute to the
Cartier L's "ultimate" Town Car positioning include wider rear-door openings,
rear heated seats, a folding armrest with storage bins, rear audio and climate controls,
redundant seat controls, mood lighting and a cigar-size ashtray with illuminated lighter.
An Executive L for the livery market
Lincoln, which maintains leadership in the livery market with a commanding 85 percent
market share, offers a similar version of the Cartier L, called Executive L, exclusively
for fleet and livery dealers. The Town Car Executive L shares many attributes with Cartier
L, including the extended wheelbase.
Lincoln began producing both versions in the first quarter of 2000 at the Wixom, Mich.,
Assembly Plant, home of the Lincoln LS, Continental and Town Car. Both Town Car models go
on sale this spring.
Lincoln expects to build a limited number of Cartier L's in 2000 with the ability to
increase production in following years, adding to the exclusivity of the luxury sedan.