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Ford's Lincoln Making a Comeback

Bryan Bedder/WireImage/© Ford Motor Company(NEW YORK) -- The Ford Motor Company is unveiling a new version of its Lincoln luxury car called the MKZ, which is being marketed to younger drivers.

At one time, Lincoln was Ford's top luxury car, but when the automaker began acquiring brands such as Land Rover, Volvo and Jaguar that it has since sold off, Lincoln was pushed to the back of the line.

That won't be the case anymore, though.  In fact, Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the car is going back to its origins with its own Lincoln Motor Company.

Mulally adds that new Lincoln owners can expect to receive "differentiated service" at its dealerships with the advent of the latest model and three others on the way.

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Not Christian Enough? Job Seeker Sues Company for Asking When He Was 'Saved'

Ron Chapple Studios/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The Voss Lighting Company of Lincoln, Neb., doesn't hide its religious light under a barrel.

"Our biblical mission," an online statement reads, "is to 'sell' our lighting products so that we may 'tell' everyone we can about God's soul-saving, life transforming gospel message..."

Perfectly legal, says Patrick Holman, an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"The Commission has no problem with a corporation having religious values," he says.

But Holman does have a problem with a corporation using religious values to make hiring decisions.

Holman and the EEOC are representing an Oklahoma man, Edward Wolfe, who says he was denied a job at Voss because he wasn't Christian enough.

"It's unique," Holman says. "I haven't seen anything like it since I've been here."

Wolfe says he applied for a job as Operations Supervisor at Voss's Tulsa, Oklahoma store.

In the complaint filed against Voss by the EEOC, Wolfe says he saw the position on a church website. His first interview went well, but in a second interview with the branch manager, he told lawyers, he was questioned about his religious practices and beliefs.

According to the complaint, the manager asked Wolfe "to identify every church he has attended over the past several years; where and when [he] was 'saved' and the circumstances that led up to it."

In the interview, Wolfe claims he was told most employees at Voss were Southern Baptist, but employees could go to any church, as long as they were "born again."

The complaint claims the manager asked Wolfe if he would "have a problem" coming to work early, without pay, to attend Bible study.

Wolfe, a single parent who says he cannot attend church on Sundays, told lawyers the branch manager was "agitated" at his answers.

He didn't get the job.

The suit is filed under Title VII, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion.

In a statement, the company denies Wolfe was turned down for the job "as a consequence of his religious beliefs." Vice president and general manager Steve Sanderson writes, "The individual hired by Voss had more lighting product experience and was more qualified."

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Ford to Boost U.S. Production, Cut Luxury Dealers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Ford Motor Co. has announced it will expand U.S. production by 13 percent this quarter amid increasing demand from car dealers.

The carmaker made the announcement Sunday before a group of more than 500 Ford dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

The expansion, which comes on the heels of Ford's largest increase in January retail sales in a decade, could also lead to additional shifts at several plants to keep up with the boost.

At a promising time for some Ford dealers, however, others could see their doors closed as the company looks to cut back on its luxury brands by closing an additional 100 Lincoln dealers.

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Ford Closing a Third of Lincoln Dealerships

Photo Courtesy - Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday that it plans to close about 175 of its Lincoln dealerships in the top 130 metro markets.  The number represents about 35 percent of the existing 500 Lincoln dealers. Ford says its strategy is to beef up sales at the dealerships that will remain.

In all, Ford has nearly 1,200 dealers that sell Lincoln cars across the U.S., but the automaker wouldn’t reveal what it might have in store for those operating in smaller regions.

The game plan now is focusing efforts to improve the customer experience at the remaining 325 Lincoln dealers in the top 130 markets, because that's where nine out of ten buyers of luxury cars reside.

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