AD #1826 – Diesels Could Recover Fast, MX-5 Miata Gets Fastback Version, Lincoln Unveils Stylish Navigator Concept

March 23rd, 2016 at 11:32am

Runtime: 6:35

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- Diesel Sales Could Recover Fast
- BMW Lets Android Users Into its Infotainment System
- Spotify Joins FordPass Mobility Platform
- Mazda Shows Fastback MX-5 Miata
- Lincoln Unveils Stylish Navigator Concept
- Buick Encore Gets a Face Lift
- Mercedes GLC Slicks its Hair Back

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27 Comments to “AD #1826 – Diesels Could Recover Fast, MX-5 Miata Gets Fastback Version, Lincoln Unveils Stylish Navigator Concept”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Still heavy influence on the new Lincoln Navigator from the Rover brand; I think it keeps Lincoln from finding ‘its’ own niche (but some will flock to a cheaper Range Rover. JMO

    Interesting on the hardtop Miata (but maybe it should have stayed a soft-top convertible). Again, JMO

  2. NormV Says:

    Buick Encore, along with Chevrolet Trax, are ruling the segment in sales and in profits, as mentioned in an early Autoline After hours a few weeks ago.

  3. Wim van Acker Says:

    Concept Navigator: beautiful. Looks like a stretched Range Rover to me, or is that just me?

    Probably great for the U.S. and China markets.

  4. Marshall Says:

    Overall I like the Lincoln Navigator concept, but with two caveats – the silhouette looks more station wagon than SUV, and the side profile looks rather plain jane.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Why not a fixed roof Miata, kind of a Miayman?

  6. Lisk Says:

    Interesting vehicles in New York.
    A Miata hardtop? I think the Miata as a pure convertible should not be messed with. They should have tweaked the fastback a bit, stuck a rotary in is than called it the RX-7.

    Did the Model X influence Lincoln’s design to fit gull wing doors to the new Navigator? Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.

    I’m pretty sure diesel sales will expand in the coming years but I don’t think passenger cars nor mainstream CUVs will be adding much. Those will be part of the electrification process. Trucks will see the largest segment growth as automakers develop smaller diesels for 1/2 trucks.

  7. Brett Says:

    Navigator looks like a Range Rover with a Bentley grill.

  8. Bob Wilson Says:

    “if you exclude VW, including Audi and Porsche” so what about Mercedes-Benz? (see link).

    “A new lawsuit brought against Mercedes-Benz states that the company’s existing diesel engines pollute up to 65x (sixty-five times) more than the legal amount when it’s cold out. The claim is that when the temperature drops below 50 degrees fahrenheit the nitrogen oxide reduction system simply turns off.”

    Also, have you seen the EU list of non-conforming diesels? The last time I checked in October 2015, it was across the board in Europe.

    Sure the USA, large displacement, diesel pickups, vans and trucks are OK. But the small displacement passenger diesels are pretty much DOA. So is the Chevy Cruz diesel back in the market?

    Bob Wilson, Huntsville, AL

  9. Jim Says:

    Sean, do you…or does anyone else agree that the steering wheel design on the new Navigator concept leaves a lot to be desired?
    To me, it is terribly plain and non-sporty…and reminds me of something we might have seen in the ’80′s.
    C’mon Mark, your Lincoln interior designers can surely do much better than that!

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If they’d make a 7/10 scale model of that Navigator and lower it a little, it would be a nice station wagon.

  11. Brian Little Says:

    The Lincoln Navigator concept looks like a Lincoln Flex. I suspect that people will either like it or hate it like the flex.

    Is the new Navigator built on the flex platform?

  12. MJB Says:

    Is it me, or is that new Merc GLC Coupe SUV’s overall form factor (especially the rear half) STRONGLY suggestive of the BMW X6?

    And it’s not the first Merc to cross what has always been a great divide in styling between the two German automakers.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I don’t understand why BMW, and now M-B, keep making these oddball tall lifted hatchbacks, like X4, X6, and now GLC “coupe.” They don’t appeal to hatchback fans like myself, and based on X6 sales, they don’t appeal to much of anyone else either.

  14. MJB Says:

    #13.

    Hey Kit. Personally, I LOVE the X6! :) And the M version is straight-up ‘BOSS’ – imho

    http://cdn.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/g-power-x6-m50d-f16-schmiedrad-forged-wheel-hurricane-rr-2-750×500.jpg

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #14 I realize that a few people like them, and, unlike some others of the genre, you can even get an RWD X6. Still, none of these vehicles seem to sell well. With a base price of over $60K for the X6, it’s not surprising.

  16. RumNCoke Says:

    So you take a perfectly good SUV and squish the roof down giving it less “U”. Isn’t it just a jacked up AWD sedan now? I just don’t get it.

    Everyone thinks the Navigator concept looks like a Range Rover. I see Ford Flex in there too. Maybe the mothership can rebadge it and replace the Expedition with the Super Flex!

  17. MJB Says:

    16. Neahh. Forget Super Flex. It’s gotta be Flex Luthor.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The X4, X6, and GLC “coupe” are jacked up hatchbacks. The X6 is available with RWD. The other two have mandatory AWD.

    The resemblance to the Flex is why I sort of like the Navigator concept, except for its hugeness.

  19. Jonathan Says:

    Great show Sean! I dig the new mx5 retractable hardtop…now just needs over 250 hp and a dct transmission to rival the Porsche 718…

    Cmon Mazda…make a short run of 718 killers!

  20. cwolf Says:

    I expect diesel trucks will experience a sales growth, especially after the oil supply dwindles and gas prices increase a year from now. But a real 4 cyl. diesel is needed specific to small and mid-sized trucks which is designed for mpg’s and less focus on torque.

    My “69″ MGC is almost complete and I only have to hand stich the leather to the steering wheel to finish the interior. It sure has been a long time coming!

  21. Dave Forslund Says:

    Lincoln: They are still trying to find their way. So many good years in years past. It is a shame!

    Lincoln in the past 60 years has distinguished themselves, with the likes of the ’56,’58′ 60′s,’80 and 90′s models and succeeded in sales and profit. AND GREW A FOLLOWING.

    The luxury SUV’s have moved up a notch with the success and likes of Porsche, Bentley, and others. Competition from Europe is fierce.

    Put a Mercury badge on the new Navigator and it will sell like crazy. Put a Lincoln badge on it and it will be Ho-Hum, just another SUV with no IMAGE on which to build a future.

    Mercury’s were always a step-up on a Ford base, as is the Navigator.

    Sad! So Sad!!! Lincoln needs some imagination!

  22. Dave Forslund Says:

    P.S. Those doors will never make it to production! Maybe in a limited production, special model, but not on a grand scale. They are good on a concept because they draw conversation.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Wasn’t Town Car still the best selling Lincoln when they dropped it?

  24. wmb Says:

    Loved the Navigator concept! A little long-ish to me, but I’ll take it. While the front end (like the recently introduced Lincoln Continental) does seem to bare a strong Bentley Flying Spur influence, the look of this concept is a Million miles better looking than Bentley’s own SUV, the Bentayga!!!

  25. Earl Says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if GM could turn up whatever it is to get the hp on the Trax and Encore up to 160. The new Ford 1.5L cranks out 160 in the new to be introduced Escape

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Would anyone notice the difference between 153 and 160 hp in the Encore? The owner I know seems satisfied with the 138 hp of the old one.

    Yeah, a more powerful engine would be nice, but most people who buy these vehicles probably don’t care.

  27. Dave Forslund Says:

    Kit,
    Re:Town car #23

    Yes, the Town Car was great for Lincoln and it’s image and bottom line. It was identifiable and different from the competition. They ran the model too long and non-limo buyers lost interest when they went to buy a new car. ” Why buy something that I already have” Lincoln failed to invest money in the “winner” they had and didn’t modify or carry-on the theme with new products. It became the “Cash Cow.”

    Trust me, I didn’t drive one, but I used to love Lincoln’s distinguished products. They were somewhat unique and competed well with Cadillac for those who preferred American made luxury products. I couldn’t afford one, but it was a “dream” to always have one. No more!!