He’s lived, and he’s given, and he’s been a miner for a heart of gold. Now Neil Young might have even offered us a glimpse of the future.
For background, the esteemed rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter has been working on a project to save music from the low quality high compression MP3 format. Young’s vision is Pono, a music player and audio service that makes music every bit as portable as a modern MP3 player but without losing the quality of an artist’s intended high-definition recording. The device has been endorsed by hundreds of musicians according to Young and ran one of the most successful Kickstarters ever, raising more than six million dollars.
You’re probably wondering at this point how this relates to Lincoln. Last week on Mad Money with Jim Cramer, Young was discussing plans for expansion of Pono, including in-car audio streaming. Remember that Lincoln recently signed a ten-year deal with Harman to put their Revel speaker system in Lincoln vehicles. Well, Young let slip that Pono is in talks with Harman and Lincoln to be integrated into the 2016 Continental.
Lincoln is confirmed to release four new models by 2018. The MKZ and MKC are two of those four, and the new MKX will be another, but that leaves a mystery fourth, so could Neil Young be in the loop and have let this slip? You can watch the interview for yourself. It’s just as likely he misspoke, but just imagine if he’s telling the truth.
Many analysts and enthusiasts alike have been clamoring for a new Continental. It’s been twelve years since Lincoln had one in production, and it would be the flagship luxury sedan that’s currently missing from the lineup. Plus, Pono sounds like the kind of thing that Harman Revel is perfect to deliver. Indeed, the Lincoln-Pono-Harman partnership isn’t all that dubious a claim. We have our fingers crossed. Maybe Lincoln has a surprise for us waiting in Detroit.
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This story originally appeared on Autoblog.