With most of the industry turning its focus to the upcoming New York Auto Show—which opens to the public on March 29—let’s squeeze in a quick recap of the action in Atlanta, where that city’s own International Auto Show recently wrapped up. Perhaps the biggest news? The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid teamed up to share the “Best in Show” trophy from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA).
The small but significant step in the right direction comes just as inventories for the highly anticipated Lincoln products are ramping up at dealerships, and was no easy task.
“But one vehicle stood out as the best expression of the things we love about automobiles,” according to GAAMA. “The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is visually stunning, technologically advanced, luxurious yet accessible and powerful yet economical. Lincoln offers three powertrain choices, including a 45-mpg hybrid that's priced identically to the base turbocharged 4-cylinder. Technologies include the standard SYNC infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch, standard active suspension and camera- and radar-based driver-assistance systems like adaptive cruise control and parking assistance. In short, the all-new MKZ advances our expectations of what a mid-size luxury sedan should be, and it sets a high benchmark for the competition in its segment.”