The Lincoln MKZ, initially named the Lincoln Zephyr, is a mid-size, entry-level luxury car from the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company. The MKZ was the first in a series of new 'MK'-named Lincolns, and has since been followed by the MKX, MKS, and MKT. A hybrid version was launched in the U.S. market in September 2010. The MKZ Hybrid was the first (and as of July 2011, the only) hybrid in the market priced the same as its conventional gasoline-engine version (although the hybrid model's engine has two fewer cylinders than the gasoline-engine model). Since 2008, the MKZ has been Lincoln's best selling vehicle. An all-new second generation MKZ is expected in dealer showrooms by the fall of 2012. The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr was initially unveiled in concept form at the 2004 New York International Auto Show as a new entry-level luxury sedan intended to appeal to a younger generation of luxury car buyers.
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