Oh, the irony: Kim Jong Il’s last ride was with a Lincoln Continental limousine

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2012

Observers noted the irony of North Korea's Kim Jong Il being brought to his final resting place on a 1975 or 1976 Lincoln Continental limousine hearse. He was known for his opposition to U.S. capitalism and yet, there are reports that he was a closet fan of American culture. It is believed that his collection of Hollywood films amounted to over 20,000 movies.

With many mourners on the side of the road, a procession of Lincoln luxury limos passed.

On the first Lincoln limousine is where Kim’s flag-draped coffin lies. The second had a giant poster with an image of the Dear Leader. And on the third limousine is a very big funeral wreath.

Lincoln’s distinct stylized compass design can be seen on the hood so these cars are definitely the real thing and are not knockoffs. Another realization that we get from the procession of Lincoln hearses is that Kim Jong Il comes from a time when Lincoln and Rolls-Royce competed for the attention of the mighty leaders around the globe.

Around 15 years since Lincoln Motor Co. halted its production, the Lincoln Continental flagship is making a return in fall 2016. To be marketed as 2017 Lincoln Continental, this 10th generation of the Lincoln flagship full-size sedan should offer an elegant, quiet and luxurious ride to the auto industry's most discerning clients in the United States and China.

It’s designed to charm culturally progressive clients who depict luxury as an amalgamation of superior quality, excellent craftsmanship and outstanding safety. Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln, remarked that the Continental name has been considered as the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury.

Galhotra added that the focus on the latest iteration of the Continental is to create more human, personally tailored experiences for Lincoln clients in what they call as quiet luxury. The 2017 Continental comes with a modern design marked by Lincoln’s new signature grille and a sporty, dynamic and progressive profile.

Of course, the new Continental is true-blue Lincoln, as evidenced by its brand-exclusive lighting sequence. For instance, as the driver moves toward the Continental along with the key, LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia, the taillamps come to life along with signature lighting in the headlamps.

In addition, Lincoln mat lights illuminate the pavement around the front doors, thus helping the driver detect any hazards. Moreover, with select lights, the interior is illuminated with warm and welcoming glow.

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