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    Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Lincoln Plant's Future Looks Bleak

    Date Posted 08-24-2005

    WIXOM, Mich. — The cancellation of the Lincoln LS midsize luxury sedan at Ford's plant here could potentially be the first step in its closure.

    Ford revealed the decision to the plant's 1,800 workers earlier this week. The Detroit Free Press estimates 250 to 280 jobs at the plant could be lost as a result.

    Once the LS goes out of production next year, seven years after being introduced, only the Lincoln Town Car and the low-volume Ford GT will remain on the plant's roster. Both of these vehicles could conceivably be built at other Ford plants in North America.

    What this means to you: As Ford struggles to stay afloat in the current market, the company will need to make some sacrifices in order to save its operation.
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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Thats too bad. The LS is another example of a vehicle that was allowed to languish in mediocrity and apparently is now paying the price because of it.

    Where was the revival of a manual transmission? Where was the higher performance version? And most of all, WHERE was the marketing to keep the vehicle in the consumer's mind?

    A real disaster. The LS offered a terrific balance of power, luxury and style. There is no reason this car should have been allowed to cease existence. The Jaguar S Type it shares a platform with is doing very well. But with the death of the LS and Thunderbird, the S Type will be the sole vehicle on DEW98 Platform.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    The LS missed the mark from day one. The V8 version was way under powered and the looks, while not terrible were bland and non descript. The potential was there, the execution was not. Like the Aviator, it just never found it's market. With Lincoln going to all front drive cars over the next few years what will the Ford guys have to argue against the Caddy guys now??

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    I like the LS, I know a couple of people who own one, one with the v6 and one with the v8. Yes, the 8 may be underpowered for it's size, but they are still a pleasure to drive, and they look pretty sweet as well, being based on the jag.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Cant wait for resale to drop some more. I'd love to have one.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy_W
    The LS missed the mark from day one. The V8 version was way under powered and the looks, while not terrible were bland and non descript. The potential was there, the execution was not. Like the Aviator, it just never found it's market. With Lincoln going to all front drive cars over the next few years what will the Ford guys have to argue against the Caddy guys now??
    I think the LS was a very good car when it was first introduced, and for years after. However, Ford neglected Lincoln for a long time now (sure they are starting to re-invest a little more NOW) and put the bulk of money into Jaguar as their main luxury division. (another reason Jaguar bumped Cadillac from the #2 spot in JD Power for quality!) Jags are VERY good quality cars now despite the old myths and stereotypes earned from the past.

    The LS simply never changed much and became too boring IMO. Keep a car around for a few years (or 6 years) with no changes and this is what everyone criticizes, even with Cadillacs, etc.

    Goodbye LS.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    The fit and finish of the LS was far better and I mean FAR better than the CTS part for part. The LS also gave its driver conveniences you couldnt get in anything else shy of 50,000.00 including heated and cooled seats, world's first application of a THX based Audio system with touchscreen navigation, and a fully Electronic parking brake, along with a myriad of other conveniences like Xenon lights and park distance sensors.

    You can now get a 2003 LS Premium Sport with DVD Nav and THX for 23000.00.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    I never said it was a bad car, I said it missed it's mark, and it did, if not it would have sold better.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Poor guy... He came, he did, and then he went. 6 years total, too short of a lifespan for a car that had so much potential.

    Ford should have slightly detuned and dropped the Jaguar 4.0L or supercharged 4.6L variant in it to create a performance version to at least keep up with the V. Then it needed a more aggressive styling treatment and above all else, MARKETING. The car was heavily advertised the first couple of years and then a little again in 2003, and then it dropped off the face of the planet.

    It didnt have a much longer run than that abominable Aztek!

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    The styling was fine IMO, understated class as opposed to "look how cool I am." The LS8 wasn't underpowered, it's just that it would have benefited tremendously from an "SVT" version of the car with an S/C 4.6 4v.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    It was under powered in today's market, the 255 h.p. V6 CTS will outrun the LS8 and we all know what the CTSv will do to it. Sport luxury has to include credible performance. Even if it's a premium model that most people don't buy, the LS lacked a flagship model.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    What really gets my goat is that the paltry Jaguar X-Type, a completely pointless vehicle, is allowed to soldier on for anywhere between another 2 to 3 years with lackluster sales and so-so performance, but the LS gets cancelled without a hint of forethought.

    Yea, real good Ford. Keep it up and youll be following your rival GM in no time.

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Playdrv4me
    What really gets my goat is that the paltry Jaguar X-Type, a completely pointless vehicle, is allowed to soldier on for anywhere between another 2 to 3 years with lackluster sales and so-so performance, but the LS gets cancelled without a hint of forethought.

    Yea, real good Ford. Keep it up and youll be following your rival GM in no time.
    I agree in the fact the X-Type should be dropped in the US

    although many sell in Europe

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    I'm shopping now for an LS V6 Sport with a 5-speed manual. The V8 is sufficiently quick (60 in 7.5s) but apparently the 5-speed auto is a pain in the butt that hurts the driving experience. Ten grand should get me a nice one.

    I considered a Seville STS but the drive wheels are in the wrong place!

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    Re: Lincoln Cancels LS?

    Just an FYI.. The Lincoln LS8 (the performance version) was faster than the Cadillac Eldorado ETC and Seville STS...

    Build quality wasn't anything special. And resale value was in the toilet.
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