- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2009

LINCOLN C CONCEPT: Designed with today’s upscale, urban consumer in mind, the Lincoln C concept brings the presence and elegance of a large Lincoln to a smaller, more efficient C-sized car. “Modern luxury buyers who live and work in large, urban areas want to play their part in helping the environment by moving to a smaller vehicle, but they still want to enjoy the luxuries of life,” said Peter Horbury, executive director of design for the Americas. The Lincoln C concept achieves 43 mpg on the highway, while offering up 180 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of torque. (Source: Ford)

2010 FORD TAURUS: Still considered a family sedan, the 2010 Taurus is aimed more at drivers who place a premium on the driving experience and features aimed at making time on the road more meaningful and fun. To match its more athletic looks, the new Taurus features sportier driving dynamics. The Taurus comes standard with Ford’s Duratec 3.5-liter V-6, producing 263 horsepower and 249 foot-pounds of torque. It comes with a choice of two new six-speed automatic transmissions. Available this summer, the new Taurus starts at $25,170 for the SE and tops out at $37,170 for the ultimate Taurus, the SHO. (Source: Down the Road, Motor Matters)

AUTO REPAIR ADVICE: Clem asks: My 1994 Dodge Caravan has 164,000 miles. The “check engine” light is on, and I’m only getting 10 mpg. Are these two issues related? Answer: The poor gas mileage and “check engine” light are very much connected and will require a qualified technician to analyze the problem. Oxygen sensors are a common failure, especially with the high mileage. I would recommend a full engine performance test on your minivan. (Source: Ask the Auto Doctor, Motor Matters)

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