2011 Lincoln MKZ Luxury Hybrid is Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Sedan in U.S.

With its EPA certified 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway fuel efficiency rating, the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is America’s most fuel efficient luxury sedan. The MKZ is the first hybrid made by Lincoln.

Derrick Kuzak, Global Product Development vice president for Ford Motor Company, said, “The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid provides a real choice in the marketplace for customers looking for a vehicle that not only makes a statement about who they are, but also reflects their ideals. It offers the best fuel economy in its segment, a host of advanced safety features, and all the amenities and modern design of a true luxury sedan.”

The final certification for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was completed this past week. It beat its nearest competition, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, by 6 miles per gallon. It also beats the Lexus HS when it comes to passenger room (it can accommodate one more person than the HS) and in standard luxury features and segment-exclusive safety features.

Kuzak also said, “The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers everything our customers look for in a midsize luxury sedan, plus unsurpassed fuel economy. Our engineers worked to ensure the hybrid electric motor and engine complement each other in a fashion that reflects the truly refined driving experience that is synonymous with the Lincoln name.”

Ford Motor Company has become a global leader in electric car technology, and this new hybrid from Lincoln builds on that reputation. The MKZ Hybrid is engineered with Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology, the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 1-4 hybrid engine, which has been named one of Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines.” This engine system combines the best features of the traditional gasoline powered engine and electric battery-driven engines to give the best in both overall vehicle performance and fuel efficiency.

The fuel efficiency of the MKZ Hybrid does not mean the vehicle sacrifices power. Net horsepower for the combination gasoline and electric motor totals 191. Also, the electric-only mode on the MKZ extends to 47 mph while the Lexus HS 250 can only reach a top speed of 25 mph in battery-only mode. The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is set to arrive in dealer showrooms this fall.

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