Inside Line: WHISPERS: Ford Weighing Lincoln Coupe Based On Mustang -
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is considering making a Mustang-based sporty Lincoln coupe by as early as 2009, according to Automotive News.
A Ford insider told Inside Line the coupe is still in "concept form" and has not yet received formal program approval, however.
The Lincoln would have a unique exterior and interior but share underpinnings with the Mustang, which was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Lincoln is in the process of rebuilding its brand, with products such as the 2006 Zephyr sedan, which is designed to appeal to a younger audience.
Ford has said it expects to produce at least 192,000 Mustangs this year at its Mazda joint-venture plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
What this means to you: A no-brainer way to heap some of Mustang's glory on the dowdy Lincoln brand.