Carmakers line up for limo business
GM, Toyota, Chrysler step in as chauffeur companies look at life after Lincoln Town Car
By Bryce G. Hoffman | The Detroit News
December 21, 2012
A year after Ford Motor Co. pulled the plug on the venerable Lincoln Town Car, other automakers are racing to grab a bigger share of the potentially lucrative market for chauffeur-driven cars.
Ford is offering a "Town Car" version of its Lincoln MKT crossover, but it has failed to win over most of the big limousine companies that provide airport transportation and executive car service.
General Motors Co. is about to announce a new livery package for the 2013 Cadillac XTS. Last month, Toyota Motor Corp. said it would offer a livery version of its 2013 Toyota Avalon. And Chrysler Group LLC is readying a new livery version of the Chrysler 300 sedan.
All that is great news for companies like Carey International Inc., the world's largest livery company.
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