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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2012 04 2012 New York International Auto Show Page 2

New car shows go through cycles. For a while, every manufacturer introduces trucks. Then they shift to crossovers. The news turns to "carbon footprints" and "green thinking," and the shows are flooded by hybrids. This year, the cycle returned to its roots: cars.

Not just "cars" but big cars! Every manufacturer, it seemed, used this year's New York International Auto Show to roll out their newest large car. Granted, they're more efficient from a fuel standpoint with the national average for a gallon of gas over four dollars. And to cater to the green crowd, introductions are peppered with all of the catch terms eluding to the eco-friendliness of their latest and greatest.

But it was just good to see the automotive industry bringing back the big car. It's about damn time!

Probably the smallest of these "big" sedans was the Lincoln MKZ. Like its plebian sibling, the Ford Fusion, the MKZ will be all new for the 2013 model year. No longer echoing the