Lincoln MKZ sedan so hot it’s smoking, literally

Spontaneous combustion: The MKZ's door was puffing like a pack-a-day smoker. Lincoln attributed the smoke to an electrical short.

Tim Hornyak/CNET)

DETROIT–Sexy new cars should come with some sizzle, but when they start to smoke, caveat conceptor.

That was the case at the 2012 North American International Auto Show when the new Lincoln MKZ sedan concept began puffing away while on a tilted stage.

It happened while a lovely lady was posing for photos by the MKZ’s driver-side door for a New York Times photographer. Tendrils of smoke suddenly began wafting up from the panel.

I hate to say cherchez la femme, but perhaps she was a little too lovely.

The smoke turned into a veritable column, and in moments Lincoln staff were all over the MKZ, ushering journalists away from the vehicle.

Off limits: Lincoln men shooed everyone away and closed ranks around the troubled MKZ. The car was available for viewing soon after.

Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Designed by Max Wolff under the theme of “elegant simplicity,” the MKZ concept was apparently slated to be shown at the 2011 New York auto show, but was pushed back for more work.
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