How the demise of Lincoln’s Town Car has kick-started a limo revolution

How the demise of Lincoln’s Town Car has kick-started a limo revolution

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Cadillac , Chrysler , Ford , Toyota , Specialty The deaths of the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car have meant overhauls of three high-profile American fleets: police, taxi and livery car. Just as police fleets are more open to considering other options and a Nissan van is the new face of the NYC taxi, livery car companies are looking at replacements for the Town Car beyond The Blue Oval. Ford , via Lincoln , has made an MKT Town Car (pictured), but an article in the Detroit News claims “it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies.” The upstarts trying to move in include livery and limo editions of the Cadillac XTS , and livery specifications of the Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300 . Each of those challengers, however, faces challenges. The Town Car was a workhorse, American, rear-wheel-drive sedan with plenty of rear legroom. Cadillac has been in the livery space before but with decontented models that were about selling the brand, not its luxury. It is taking the opposite approach with the XTS, pointing out that its livery edition is “contented in the upper half of the XTS range.” Still, the CEO of Michigan’s largest livery company says “it’s quite a bit smaller than what we’re used to,” and he also prefers rear-wheel drive. The Chrysler 300 is rear-wheel drive, and American, which matters to some companies, but Chrysler hasn’t yet revealed the livery package for it. The livery Avalon marks Toyota’s first time getting into that business in the US, a natural step after having done so well with taxi clients and with the Town Car out of the way. Still, the livery client is a different to taxi buyers, so the Avalon could face other soft-touch hurdles.

These are American senior citizens’ favorite cars

These are American senior citizens’ favorite cars

December 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Etc. , Buick , Cadillac , Chevrolet , Hyundai , Toyota The stereotype of elderly drivers preferring Lincolns and Buicks has to come from somewhere. TrueCar.com took a look at the past two years of car sales to buyers at least 65 years old and found a couple common threads. The first thing these buyers are looking for is familiarity. The nameplates and vehicle types that were popular when these buyers were younger rank high with senior buyers, kind of the same way people’s musical preferences get frozen in time. Value is also a big attractor for the senior dollar, a consideration for buyers nearing the end of their careers or already on fixed incomes. The brand names on the list may not surprise anyone, though the Cadillac and Buick brands high scores show that those divisions’ push for a younger average buyer age hasn’t put off longstanding customers. In fact, there are some models that owe their continued existence to this older demographic. So which cars are they? Hit the gallery and find out.

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