The History of the Lincoln Continental: An American Icon

October 18th, 2016
history of the Lincoln Continental

William Clay Ford with a 1965 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental is an American classic. The history of the Lincoln Continental began in 1939, making it one of the oldest cars still in production. Beginning as a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford, president of the Ford Motor Company and son of Henry Ford, the Continental has come to be known as the premier luxury vehicle.

The first generation of Continentals had a classic design that was shared with the Lincoln Zephyr, according to Fortune. This included a long body, squared fenders, and, of course, white-wall tires. Under the hood was a powerful 4.8-liter engine, and the two-door model also came with a soft suspension to allow for a smooth ride. After the start of the Second World War, however, production halted until the 1950s.

By the 1960s, the Continental was known as one of the most luxurious cars on the market. The hand-built body has sweeping contours and a long hood, as well as a massive 7.0-liter engine. During the ‘60s the model’s design was toned down, and the weight was cut by the 1970s to allow for better fuel efficiency.

The Continental was so popular that it appeared in films like Goldfinger, The Matrix, Animal House, and the television series Entourage. Today, the 2017 Lincoln Continental serves as the brand flagship, offering a bold design and unparalleled luxury. Premium features and exclusive materials add sophistication, while the latest high-tech infotainment options make your ride more enjoyable than ever. Nothing compares with the legendary Lincoln Continental.

New Ford F-150 Raptor Pushes Truck Design to New Extremes

October 6th, 2016

Ford F-150 Raptor

The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is a new take on this American classic. The new model shows just what you can do with the F-150, pushing this pickup to the limit. Great new features include a rigid off-road suspension, a rugged exterior, and added power. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this reinvented F-150.

According to Ford, the new Ford F-150 Raptor comes with a 500-pound weight reduction to improve handling and performance, not to mention fuel economy. A 3.5-liter high-output engine generates up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a 10-speed transmission for better acceleration both on and off the track.

“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” said Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor. “That is why we made the switch from the cast-iron V8 to the aluminum block, high-output GTDI V6 EcoBoost engine that our team tuned to add 39 horsepower and 76 lb.-ft. of torque for today’s Raptor.”

Naturally, this model has the same high-strength aluminum alloy body that it has had for the past few years, as well as some new additions. The off-road suspension can handle virtually any terrain, while skid plates and prominent badging add appeal. A dual-mode transfer case is perfect for off-roading, while a dual exhaust and oil-cooled pistons increase power. Discover your love of driving in the new Ford F-150 Raptor.

The Ultimate “Fusion” of Mid-Size Value— and Luxury-Sedan Style and Performance!

October 4th, 2016

The 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium is the whole package— the sexy looks, dynamic road presence, brilliant, built-in technology, and top-tier, comfort and safety features— that make driving this mid-size such a pure pleasure. For connoisseurs of fine cars, and prudent buyers, who celebrate unexpected extras, Fusion test drives often become eye-opening, “love-at-first-sight” experiences— and the start of long, and loving, relationships. As matchmakers go, Hassett has a special knack for pairing great customers with great cars.

Check out the exterior makeover of the new Ford Fusion Titanium. Impressive!

From the luxurious slope of its sleek bodylines, to its sophisticated chrome accents and elegant finishing touches, Fusion has the look of an upscale luxury sedan. You can’t take your eyes off this design package. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels, rear spoiler panel, automatic sunroof— and those sexy-and-streamlined, LED lighting elements— just take your breath away. And, it gets even better on the inside.

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2017 Lincoln Continental Is At Hassett!

September 29th, 2016


Let anticipation give way to elation….The 2017 Lincoln Continental has arrived at Hassett! Come check it out today or click here


Fall Festivals on Long Island

September 18th, 2016

fall festivals on Long IslandFor many people, fall is the perfect time of year. The temperatures cool down, beautiful autumn colors are everywhere, and, of course, you can get pumpkin-flavored everything. Fall is also an ideal time of year for festivals. Here are some of the best fall festivals on Long Island this year.

  • Valley Stream Firemen’s Carnival. Have fun while raising money for the Valley Stream Fire Department. This fun-filled festival runs from September 21st through 25th at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream.
  • Cedar Beach Blues Festival. For the 26th year in a row, this music festival is returning to the Long Island Maritime Museum. Stop by October 1st or 2nd for some great live music, local art, and tons of fun.
  • Long Island Fall Festival. Held October 7th through the 10th in Huntington, this festival is always a favorite for Long Island residents. Admission to the festival is free. The fun will include live entertainment, food, a world-class carnival, hundreds of vendors, a beer and wine tent, farmer’s market, and more.
  • Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival. If chili is a staple in your diet, be sure to head to Ronkonkoma October 15th for the 6th Annual Chili Cook Off. There will be both meat and vegan chili dishes along with other food, live music, children’s games, and local vendors.

Which fall festivals on Long Island are you planning on attending?

Why Buy a Used Car?

September 8th, 2016

Why Buy a Used CarWhen it comes to deciding on a new or used car, it all boils down to what kind of financial situation you’re in. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks but when it comes to finances, used cars usually take the cake. New cars may come with a warranty but a used car can provide peace of mind as well.

When you first head to a car lot, odds are you’ll notice the price difference between used and new cars. The price on a used car may even be low enough that you can step up to the next trim level. That can lead to more features, better safety equipment, and an overall better car.

Unlike new cars, used cars don’t go through depreciation the second they leave the lot under new ownership. Some models take a 40% hit to their value as a result of depreciation. Used cars have already undergone depreciation so the car is worth the exact same as you leave the lot.

New cars are limited to a single model year. Used cars are the exact opposite. When you’re searching for a  used car, you can check out models no longer in production, features no longer on the market, and more. There’s no limit to what car you can check out. That can ultimately lead to more satisfaction with your purchase.

When It Comes to Performance and Design In a Luxury Vehicle, No Other Challenger Can Keep Pace With Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ.

August 31st, 2016

Purchasing an automobile— especially a high-end, luxury model— is hardly an impulse buy.  Savvy consumers do their research, explore their options, and take the time to compare every comfort and performance feature fully, before judging the value of an investment that they will live with everyday… and for some time. It’s no different here at Hassett Lincoln of Wantagh. We make a point of understanding, first hand, what our competitors are bringing to the sales table. We frequently test-drive the same vehicles that our customers might consider in the luxury class. Our goal has always been to stay ahead of the curve, and comfortably out front, in terms of the factors that sway decisions when comparison shopping. If we wouldn’t choose Lincoln, why would a savvy buyer?

Take the 2017 MKZ. Consistently, a leader in its class, the new MKZ continues to outdistance its luxury rivals. Consider the entire package— drivability, style, innovation and comfort— and you can understand why the new Lincoln MKZ is pulling away from its closest challengers.

Just look at the MKZ performance options and capabilities. Available in both a 2.0- and 3.0-litre, turbocharged V-6— with Ecoboost— this engine delivers more HP, more torque, and better gas mileage than any “also-ran” in the field. If you love to drive, you’ll love the MKZ. Experience the ease of handling through the vehicle’s dynamic torque vectoring, and sport-tuned suspension systems… the streamlined, fuel-saving ride from MKZ’s sleeker lines, and advanced, aerodynamic grill shutter action… and the ease and close proximity of the center-console-mounted, push-button, automatic shift controls.

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In terms of style, MKZ takes a back seat to no one. Newly designed for 2017, this trendsetter incorporates mainstream features, like the retractable, panoramic glass roof, the innovative, adaptive LED tracking lamps, and the stunning range of attention-grabbing wheel-cover options. Naturally, leather abounds throughout the stunning, roomy interior. And, more subtle design nuances, like detection illumination and interior-control remote activation simply add more firepower to the vehicle’s resume.

If you crave technology, then slide behind the wheel of MKZ. Wrapped in luxury, you’ll immediately be drawn to Lincoln’s remarkable, voice-activated, SYNC 3® communications center— phone, entertainment, and navigation— there at your fingertips. If you can briefly stop interacting with SYNC 3®, you’ll be struck by the silence. That’s MKZ’s remarkable noise-canceling technology. Then there’s the long list of driving gadgetry, convenience features, and safety sensors— designed and incorporated to make your ride incredibly stress-free… and so very cool. When you come in, ask for a full demonstration. Even the most jaded techies are impressed.

To review… given the stable of luxury cars with the reputation, and the window-sticker math, that might be mentioned in Lincoln’s MKZ class… the choice seems clear to us. Our opinion may be a bit skewed, but at least we’ve done our homework. If you’re comparison-shopping a luxury vehicle, make it a point to stop by Hassett Ford, Lincoln, Subaru of Wantagh. We’ll gladly share the results of all our test-driving experiences… and save you the trouble.

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Ford Fiesta Is One of KBB 10 Best Back to School Cars

August 20th, 2016

KBB 10 Best Back to School CarsKelley Blue Book recently released its annual list of the KBB 10 Best Back to School Cars, and the Ford Fiesta made the list for the second year in a row. Each year KBB selects ten cars they think are best for high school and college students based on safety, affordability, practicality, and style.

The Fiesta is one of America’s most popular small cars and meets all of KBB’s requirements—it’s equipped with lots of safety features and is always highly rated by the NHTSA and IIHS, its starting MSRP is one of the lowest in the industry at $14,090, and it gets great fuel economy at 43 mpg on the highway. Plus, its unique and stylish design is something young people appreciate.

The Fiesta’s versatile features also helped earn it a spot on the list, as kids are more tech savvy than ever and want cars that can meet their need to be connected. Another positive about the Fiesta is that it’s available as both a sedan and hatchback, so it can adjust to students’ needs and style desires.

If you’re a student looking for a car or a parent and want to get something for your child, consider the Ford Fiesta. It’s a versatile, smart choice, and one any driver can afford to buy and maintain.

Best One-Tank Day Trips from New York City

August 10th, 2016

If you live in NYC, you know the things to do and see in the city are endless, but sometimes you just want to get out for the day. Summer is drawing to a close, and one-tank day trips are a great spontaneous way to get out of town without making big plans. Here are some of the best places to go on day trips from New York City.

New York is a coastal state, so there are tons of beach vacation options that are just a few hours away by car. Fire Island is a particularly famous one a little under two hours from NYC, and besides the beautiful beach on the Atlantic, there are plenty of activities and things to do for the whole family.

It’s also nice to get out and see nature when you’re stuck in the big city for a long time. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is a great place to visit to take a walk through the woods, see the formal gardens, and go through an old Gold Coast estate building.

Bear Mountain State Park, an hour from NYC, is also a nice place to get outdoors. The lake is perfect for taking a boat out, swimming, and fishing—but the park is close enough to civilization that there’s also a swimming pool, the Trailside Museums and Zoo, and even a merry-go-round. There’s something for everyone!

Of course, there are plenty great day trip spots outside of NYC, but these are some of the best to escape the city. Check out more here!

Bored With Your Driving Routine? Need A Change Of Scenery? Make Your Getaway Plans In A New 2017 Ford Escape

July 26th, 2016

Picture yourself heading out on the open road, carefree and feeling it, in the sportiest SUV in the country— or the city— the red-hot “Escape”— turbo-charged, trimmed out, and all standard in Ford’s top-of-the-line Titanium Package. Inside and out, Escape delivers on performance and looks. It’s an exhilarating ride, with plenty of bells and whistles to keep you company.

Ford’s innovative “twin-scroll” turbo-designed 2.0L engine is featured on the Titanium model, and delivers Ecoboost® power and performance on demand, while maintaining exceptional fuel savings and emissions-conscious control with its amazing Auto Start-Stop technology. Speaking of power… check out the towing capacity of the Escape— maxing out at 3,500 pounds with the Class II towing package. Add 68 cu. ft. of cargo space, and you can hit the highway fully stocked for all the fun and adventure you can handle.

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