AD #2012 – Why Honda is Tracking Down Owners, VW in Another Fine Mess, A Look at Lincoln’s Turnaround

December 21st, 2016 at 11:45am

Runtime: 7:33

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- Honda Tracks Down Owners
- Tesla Steals Volvo Designer
- BMW Creates New Autonomous Research Center
- A Look at Lincoln’s Turnaround
- VW in Another Fine Mess
- Turbo 4-cyl. Dominate Wards 10 Best Engines

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20 Comments to “AD #2012 – Why Honda is Tracking Down Owners, VW in Another Fine Mess, A Look at Lincoln’s Turnaround”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    It looks like VW just had to cheat on every engine instead of investing in better engine technology. I guess the technology would have been a better investment after all. Probably would have been cheaper to just not import and sell any diesels at all.

    Happy Holidays! to all at Autoline and all the viewers

  2. Drew Says:

    In your statement that Lincoln is not a “true luxury brand”, is this because its vehicles share platforms with a non-luxury brand? Hmmm, Cadillac Escalade, XTS, and XT5. Lexus CT, ES, RX, NX, GX, LX. Infiniti’s most popular QX models. Mercedes GLA. Nearly all Acura. Nearly all Audi. All Porsche crossovers.

    The reality is “luxury” has many dimensions, and many of those dimensions don’t care if the engine is east-west or north-south… nor track times. To me, luxury is top quality finish materials, coddling conveniences, peace of mind safety engineering, and peace of mind reliability/durability.

    Hmmm, “quiet flight” works for me as a luxury brand.

  3. David Sprowl Says:

    Actions speak louder than words. If 25% of owners with recalled vehicles don’t care to fix the recalled items or in this case air bags. I can not help but wonder if a portion of the car buying public really cares if their car has air bags at all?

  4. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Ah…..VW,the gift that will keep on giving.And now maybe their gassers will contribute too.Can you hear us now VW?

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m thinking that consumers that don’t get their vehicles fixed under a recall is more due to the hassle of having to bring it back into dealership; dealership experience (after the sale), a lot of the times, is not pleasant. This is why some/a lot of consumers that have maintenance done have it done ‘somewhere else’.

  6. Lex Says:

    I was never crazy about the interiors of Tesla vehicles. The Tesla’s fit and finish were sub par to true luxury brands. When you get into one all eyes always go directly to the center tablet console. I hope Anders Bell will go directly to work on the Model Three which is totally horrible inside. That goofy horizontal tablet in the center of the dash is ridiculous. He has a lot of work ahead of him. I wish Anders Bell much success at Tesla. We the consumer public are counting on you to deliver a functional and inviting new interior experience to all Tesla vehicles.

  7. Drew Says:

    @5 – My Lincoln dealership service experience has been outstanding. The time element is a reasonable issue. But if your local Honda dealership is that aggravating, then it is time to find another dealer.

  8. cwolf Says:

    I don’t think Lincoln should even try to compete with the so called “true” luxury brands. Often those “true” brands cost too much up front and to repair. My Lincoln meets all of my expectations and the service has been outstanding.
    IMO, all of the 10 best engines don’t compare to anything naturally aspirated. Nar a one provides claimed mpg’s or better the 6 and 8′s to any significance. Sure, less pollution, but still inadequate for larger vehicles. Plus the sound sucks!

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2, 7, 8
    I suspect the reason many car buffs consider Lincoln less of a “true luxury brand” than some others, is that all of their products are based on a Ford, rather than some, or a few based on mainstream brand products, as with Cadillac.

    That said, I think the Continental should do well, or at least, it deserves to do well. I haven’t driven one, but have checked it out, and the interior is attractive, comfortable, and roomy. If the car drives decently, and is quiet and rides well, it will satisfy its intended customers.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In addition to turbo fours, plug-in hybrid powertrains were a big hit with the Wards gang.

    Does anyone know why they have liked Nissan bent sixes so well the last couple years? How are they different, and better than all of the other similar engines out there?

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ cwolf: I don’t believe that boosted 4′s are less polluting at all.Those higher temps create more N0x,or whatever the hell it’s called,and they all put out more particulates than na engines.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    At least VW TDI’s put out lots of NOx. GDI engines, including na ones, put out lots of small particulates.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Yeah they do,but I think maybe the boosted ones will eventually be fitted with particulate filters of some sort….or not.

  14. phred Says:

    With the rain in So. CA the lane marking paint and absence of the reflectors has made the freeways ay nigh very dangerous. How will a self driving car “see” the lanes in the rain in California. They do not do the maintenance on the roads to preserve the lane markings.

  15. Terry Says:

    Correction to your short article. New Pacifica V6 engine is still naturally aspirated.

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    All of the naturally aspirated engines in the Ward’s 10 best, including the Pacifica, are part of plug-in hybrid systems.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Correction: The Accord on Ward’s list is a regular hybrid. The other two non-turbos are the Volt and Pacifica plug-ins.

  18. Chuck Grenci Says:

    G.M. may have addressed the particulate issue with its DI engines or at least has substantially reduced the amount produced. My STS, with the 3.6, I believe was the LFX engine, did in fact produce carbon deposits in the exhaust collector; my new XT5, with the 3.6 in the LGX variant, hasn’t exhibited exhaust deposits at the tail-pipe. Just one’s observation (mine) but I think I may be onto something.

  19. Gene E Says:

    Ref: 3 & 5…..Might part of the problem be that there is STILL no actual fix for the problem? All that I am aware of is a replacement to buy time until either the vehicle goes away or a new fix is come up with.

  20. Earl Says:

    Lincoln is on a slow growth again towards relevancy but has to once and for all has to settle on a front end styling pattern. Maximum Bob recently said everytime Lincoln installs a new head man they immediately change the front end. And not all are inspiring.