Lincoln Continental Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

It comes as no surprise to our team at Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, Texas (serving The Woodlands, Cypress, Aldine, Conroe, Houston) that the all-new Lincoln Continental’s earned a top safety pick award.

The luxury sedan, available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system, garnered the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to its available crash prevention system, along with the good rating achieved on crash tests and its optional adaptive LED headlamps.

The Lincoln Continental (with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection) avoided collisions in track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The system’s forward collision warning component also meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The car’s available adaptive LED headlamps earned a good rating, providing ample lighting on a straightaway and on most curves. The headlamps use high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

Vehicles qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ if they have good ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints – plus an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior or advanced rating, and good or acceptable headlights. The Lincoln Continental delivered on all aspects. For more information, please visit http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news.

Lincoln Tops AutoPacific Satisfaction Awards

Lincoln houstonThis comes as no surprise to our Planet Lincoln team, owners of new Lincoln vehicles voted for Lincoln as the top luxury brand, according to this year’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards from AutoPacific.

The satisfaction awards are based on owner responses to surveys regarding the owner’s overall ownership experience. “The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards look at the big picture,” said George Peterson, AutoPacific president. “They measure 49 separate attributes, ranging from interior comfort and styling to fuel economy and performance. They go deeper into the heart of the ownership experience.”

This is the 21st anniversary of AutoPacific, which identifies the most satisfying vehicles based on survey responses from more than 54,000 owners of new 2016 and 2017 cars and light trucks.

“Our lineup of new vehicles and personalized ownership privileges is making a difference for our clients,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “It’s changing the luxury experience.”

This year, Lincoln regained leadership from Tesla in the premium brand category. Lincoln winners in the survey are:

  • Luxury car, Lincoln Continental
  • Luxury midsize car, Lincoln MKZ
  • Luxury SUV, Lincoln Navigator

A full list of winners can be found on AutoPacific’s websites, www.autopacific.com and www.vehiclevoice.com. To come experience for yourself, visit and schedule your test drive at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Robb Report Names Lincoln Continental Best Luxury Sedan

Planet Lincoln in Spring, Texas is proud to share that it’s flagship sedan, the Lincoln Continental has been named 2017 Best of the Best Luxury Sedan in the Wheels category of Robb Report magazine.

In the magazine’s June issue, the Wheels section is divided among Sports Cars, Luxury Sedans, Grand Tourers, SUVs and Motorcycles.

“Lincoln’s full-size flagship sedan doesn’t try to be sporty,” per the Robb Report. “Instead it provides comfort and elegance, what Lincoln executives tout as ‘quiet luxury’.”

Other Best of the Best categories include Style, which covers men’s fashion, women’s jewelry, and men’s and women’s watches; Journeys, which covers hotels, resorts, vacation homes, cruises, trains, spas and golf; Leisure, which covers dining, wines, spirits and cigars; Home, which covers furnishings, art, auctions and electronics; and Wings & Water, which covers superyachts, sailing yachts, crossover boats, yacht concepts and private jets.

The June issue of Robb Report magazine, unveiling all 2017 Best of the Best award winners and honorees, hits newsstands June 6.

For a full list of winners, go to robbreport.com/best-of-the-best. To test drive yours today, visit Planet Lincoln on I-45 (Louetta exit) or shop online at PlanetLincoln.com.

Planet Lincoln Supports “We See Moms Shop for A Cause”

planet loRandall Reed’s Planet Lincoln is the proud to be part of and help support great causes in our community, especially charities that help our children.

Planet Lincoln is sponsor wonderful event taking place Saturday, May 20th called We See Moms Shop for A Cause at Charming Charlie in the Woodlands, TX.

You’re invited to stop by and sign up for the  We See Abilities Ambassador Program. You can  help make dreams come true for our special warriors and angels.

While you’re there, enter to win “A Date Night With Lincoln”. It comes with an exclusive weekend test drive of a new Lincoln, full tank of gas and a $100 Visa Gift Card. 

To learn more about Planet Lincoln in Spring on I-45 (serving The Woodlands, greater Houston, Conroe, Aldine, Cypress), please visit www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Reviewer Raves About Lincoln Continental’s Crazy Features

There are a lot of highline vehicles in the market, but you don’t want a regular run of the mill vehicle.  You want a car that delivers power, style, and a joy of driving like no other.   Meet the  Lincoln Continental.  If you wonder how awesome the new Lincoln really is, don’t take our word at Planet Lincoln for it. Watch some of the popular car review sites. Here is one reviewer so blown away by the features of the 2017 Lincoln Continental, he made a video dedicated to it.

Yes, you heard it right… 30 ways to adjust your seats including individual leg support. Controls almost every element of your vehicles from your center console. Active noise cancellation that is always listening and always adjusting to ensure a quality ride. The list goes on and on and on of unique features.

Ready to take one for a spin? Visit us at Planet Lincoln on the southbound side of I-45 past the Loretta exit in Spring (serving The Woodlands, greater Houston, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe). Shop online anytime and ask about our all-new YES program and how we delivery to and for you! www.PlanetLincoln.com

Experience Lincoln Date Night with Planet Lincoln

If you have ever dreamed you could take a longer test drive — say over night or even a weekend — to get a better feel for car you’re considering, now you can.* Planet Lincoln and Lincoln Motors Company want to send you out for a night on the town to better get to know the Lincoln MKX Thanks to the Lincoln Date Night program, you can now enjoy a 24-48 hour test drive experience and dinner for two at your favorite restaurant (up to $100), compliments of Lincoln.

This ground-breaking program is design to help you get to know Lincoln MKX and the luxury of Lincoln in a way that only an extended test drive can deliver. Luxury vehicle owners are raving about the experience that Lincoln Date Night delivers. One excited customer stated, “As a Jaguar owner, I did not expect the car to be as satisfying as it turned out to be! The Lincoln Date Night Program has to be one of the best marketing plans in the motorcar world. Well done!”

With testimonials like this, there’s no reason not to consider stopping by Planet Lincoln to arrange for your very own Lincoln Date Night! The process is quite simple. First, you must request a date by visiting this page of the Lincoln website. You will be prompted with a couple of brief questions about your current vehicle situation.

After signing up, you will receive communication from Lincoln about scheduling your date night. Our friendly award-winning staff at Planet Lincoln will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your date night fits into your schedule. After determining a date, you will speak with a Planet Lincoln representative to coordinate pick-up and drop-off times. Please note that when you pick up your vehicle, you will be asked to present a valid driver’s license and valid auto insurance in addition to signing a test drive waiver form.

When Date Night arrives, you’ll be presented with a Lincoln MKX suv. From there, you’ll receive a $100 Visa giftcard to be used at the restaurant of your choice! With 24-48 hours and a classy new Lincoln, the possibilities are endless. You could even bring the whole family along for the ride!

Even the fuel costs are covered by Lincoln! So kick back and relax with your date or the family and enjoy an evening out on the town, on us. Visit the Lincoln Date Night webpage for more details. You can also contact Planet Lincoln by calling them at (888) 242-5059 or visiting www.PlanetLincoln.com. Stop by and see us to be a part of the Lincoln Date Night experience. See you soon!

No purchase necessary. Test-drive not required in MD, NJ, OH and TN. Participants must have a valid US driver’s license and comprehensive auto insurance, be 25 years or older and sign a test-drive waiver to participate. Valid at participating dealerships; one per customer. Offer is non-transferrable and valid for the scheduled date and time only. Ford/Dealer has the right to accept or decline applicants at their own discretion based on program parameters and vehicle availability. Program ends 12/31/17.

Lincoln’s Black Label Goes Shade of Blue for Spring

Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln has never felt so blue about it’s Black Label theme now available to you–and we mean that in a wonderful way.  Versatile shades of blue, popular in spring designer collections, create the signature Black Label theme of the 2017 Lincoln Continental. Rhapsody uses a rich blend of materials to create a layered effect that complements the monochromatic tone in shades of blue.

The materials in the Black Label Continental have been arranged to flow like water: Glossier materials highlight the upper portion of the interior, while more lush touch points are lower, down to the softer, thicker carpet. Supple leather, rich Alcantara® sueded cloth, mesh and shearling combine to create an exceptionally diverse tactile experience.

The versatility of blue is part its allure. The Pantone Color Institute placed three blue shades in the Top 10 colors of the season as part of a palette based on the relaxing, refreshing beauty of nature.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Institute, says in the consulting group’s 2017 Fashion Color Report that the range of colors evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling.

In her book “Color: Messaging and Meaning,” Eiseman, a renowned authority on color, delves into the psychological applications and contexts of color. Blue, she writes, has long been associated with serenity, respite and tranquility in nature, while industries have found the hue a perfect representation of quality and achievement. In some cultures, she says, blue is even considered a color of protection.

In the Lincoln Continental, the unique, monochromatic style of Rhapsody sends a message all its own, says Marcia Salzberg, senior designer for color and materials, The Lincoln Motor Company. She agrees that blue is an incredibly versatile shade.

“Through the texture and the tones, we were able to evoke feelings of warmth, comfort and security – we’re able to offer a bit of sanctuary.” The inspiration for the style was as unique as the interior itself.

“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” says Salzberg. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”

They also listened, she says, to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Hearing its long overture’s many highs and lows was inspiring. “I just thought, ‘That’s so representative of our lives today,’” says Salzberg. “It doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you have – you have joys in life, you have those high crescendo points and yes, you have some lows. “We felt it simply captured the tempo of life for the Lincoln client.”

Come and capture the spring blues for yourself at Planet Lincoln on I-45 in Spring (serving The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe and greater Houston). Log on anytime to shop and save at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

2017 MKZ, MKX Named Top Safety Picks

At Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring on I-45, we know that you and your family’s safety is paramount.  That’s why we are proud to share the news that the 2017 Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKX have been named top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their respective categories:

  • Lincoln MKZ, Midsize Luxury Car Winner*
  • Lincoln MKX, Midsize Luxury SUV Winner*

The IIHS conducts tests to determine a vehicles crashworthiness, meaning how well the vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. In addition, the test  also rates a vehicle for front-crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for Top Safety Pick which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or Top Safety Pick+, which was inaugurated in 2013.

To qualify for being named a 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints – as well as a basic rating for front crash prevention, according to IIHS. Also, IIHS says, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

The new Lincoln MKX further strengthens Lincoln’s position in the midsize luxury utility segment, one of the largest luxury segments in the U.S., representing about one-quarter of the retail luxury automotive market.

The new Lincoln MKZ for 2017 combines intuitive technology, effortless performance and distinctive design to deliver an enhanced driving experience Lincoln calls quiet luxury.

The vehicles are available with a array of driver-assist technologies. Their Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses camera and radar technology to monitor the vehicle’s proximity to other vehicles and pedestrians. If a potential collision is detected, the system can alert the driver with visible and audible warnings and, if needed, pre-charge the brakes and increase brake sensitivity to help provide full responsiveness.

The lane-keeping system uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings. It can apply steering wheel torque and alert the driver with a steering wheel vibration should sensors detect drifting.

Both vehicles are equipped with BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert uses radar sensors to alert drivers with lights in their sideview mirrors if another vehicle is detected in blind spots. When drivers are backing up, the system can detect a vehicle approaching from either side, notifying drivers with a warning light and an audible tone.

An auto hold feature keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal – making stop-and-go driving more relaxing for Lincoln owners. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is an available technology that can help avoid some frontal crashes or lessen the severity of such events.

For more information, go to http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news. To shop for your Lincoln today, take the short drive on I-45 or log onto www.PlanetLincoln.com.

* With optional front crash prevention

 

Lincoln Turns Up Ultimate Sound Experience During Music Awards

Custom-built amplifier designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel

Music is a passion point for many of our Planet Lincoln clients, so a Lincoln presence at the biggest night in music seems only natural.

The Lincoln Motor Company has announced that it is collaborating with contemporary blues singer and guitar guru Gary Clark Jr., who is starring in a new 60-second spot that will air twice during the ultimate music awards show beginning at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 12 on CBS as well as once during the red carpet pre-show. Check out the new commercial below. 

This new Lincoln commercial also will feature an exclusive custom-built amplifier designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel. The amplifier, outfitted with 12 premium Revel speakers, offers exceptional sound quality and allows each brand’s expertise to shine. Revel engineers honed the state-of-the-art technology, while design values of the 2017 Lincoln Continental are visible throughout, from the instantly recognizable grille, the wood grain and the leather to the back-lit LED Lincoln logo.

“Creating a one-of-a-kind amplifier was an original way to showcase the superior sound of the Revel audio system available in most Lincoln vehicles – and celebrate the artistry of music,” says John Emmert, group marketing manager, The Lincoln Motor Company.

One-of-a-kind sound experience

Built by brothers Ben Fargen and Jeff Earl, who have been handcrafting guitar amplifiers since 1998, the one-of-a-kind amplifier is designed to reflect the craftsmanship, quality and performance of the Lincoln Continental and the superior sound of Revel.

“In seeing the new Continental and seeing what Revel has done with their speakers, it was easy for me to say, ‘OK, we’re going to match that intensity, that quality and integrity,’” Ben Fargen says. “For us craftsmen, it’s also always about reaching a new level, about setting the bar higher than the competition, reaching deep into the framework of what Lincoln and Revel have already done and saying, ‘Where can we take it next?’”

An amplifier – utilized by a musical artist who would do it justice – seemed a natural fit.

“Revel and Lincoln were looking for something that would celebrate sound, power,    rock n’ roll, all of the raw things that people love about music,” Fargen says. “I want the performance and the intensity of the Lincoln Continental to show through the first time the artist plugs into the amp.”

Synonymous with quality and accuracy, Revel is HARMAN’s most exclusive loudspeaker brand. In the 2017 Lincoln Continental, available Revel premium audio works in concert with the vehicle’s interior design and acoustics, transforming the cabin into a personal amphitheater with three distinct listening modes – stereo, audience, and onstage. The available 19-speaker Revel Ultima™ audio system uses patented Clari-Fi™ music reconstruction technology to enhance digital sources for clear, crisp, dynamic sound.

“Cord”

The 60-second spot starts with the Gary Clark Jr. arriving at an empty theater in the new Lincoln Continental.  As the spot continues, he is standing onstage plugging his guitar into the one-of-a-kind amplifier, which takes its aesthetics from the flagship.

“To me, the Lincoln Continental represents timeless luxury – and it sounds like it looks, straight to the point classic,” he says. “This collaboration felt like a natural fit. I don’t know a guitar player who doesn’t like amps. And this one doesn’t just look amazing, it gets you the most amazing sound.”

Throughout the ad, he performs a new interpretation of his song, “The Healing.” The camera closes in on the guitar cord, which acts as a visual timeline, taking viewers through different stages of the musician’s life. “Every single memory I have, there’s a song that goes with it,” he says. “Music is the most powerful form of communication that we have, and it can be very healing if you get people on the same page and share a message.”

Experience the powerful sound system in our luxurious cars and SUVs. Visit Planet Lincoln on I-45 in Spring (serving greater Houston, The Woodlands, Aldine, Conroe) or shop online anytime at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Lincoln Displays Navigator Concept at LA Auto Show

At Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, we love seeing the latest innovation for our luxury auto maker and so will auto enthusiasts.  The Lincoln Navigator concept is being revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-27. Makes one wonder what’s next for Lincoln’s best-known vehicle – a full-size SUV..

The design concepts are always intriguing, but what could really be rolled out in the years to come. This years reveal had a design team that was inspired by luxury yachts and sailboats. This influence can be seen in everything from the vehicle’s clean, modern lines and Storm Blue exterior, to teak finishes and exquisite detailing throughout.

“Lincoln Navigator concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant and effortlessly powerful,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “Quiet luxury is what sets Lincoln apart. We’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.”

Lincoln’s most spacious interior yet – a key purchase consideration among buyers of large SUVs – is delivered with outstanding refinement in the Navigator concept. A custom wardrobe management system at the rear offers spacious organization for the savvy traveler. Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support various body types. The driver’s seat includes independent deployable thigh support for maximum comfort.

Monitors on the back head restraints offer passengers Wi-Fi connectivity – allowing them to wirelessly share music and content from personal devices. In addition, Lincoln’s Revel® audio system is specially tuned for superior sound quality throughout.

The concept vehicle is equipped with several drive modes designed to improve ride and handling and allow drivers to find the experience that best suits their given terrain. Drive modes affect steering, suspension and noise levels.

A 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist features take the stress out of parallel and perpendicular parking. The system seamlessly integrates views from four cameras – creating an overhead image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle.

Navigator concept’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. If a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, the system provides a warning to the driver. If the driver doesn’t respond, it can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of – even eliminate – some frontal collisions. A lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers straying from their lane, providing mild input to encourage them back toward the center.

Lincoln Navigator concept is accessed through distinctive power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. A special lighting sequence – a signature Lincoln feature – welcomes passengers for every journey.

To shop the luxury of Lincoln today, visit Planet Lincoln on SB I-45 at the Louetta exit in Spring (serving greater Houston, The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress Conroe) or shop online at www.PlanetLincoln.com.