As others have stated, GM does well because they use trickle down technology. Had Ford debuted the Lincoln MKZ first, with the 2.0T and 3.7, then re-did the fusion a couple years later, they would have better luck I'd think. The other issue is that Lincoln doesn't follow the model of other luxury cars.
BMW 3 Series, RWD or AWD
Mercedes C class: RWD or AWD
Cadillac ATS: RWD or AWD
(All available with 3 pedals in at least RWD format.)
All also have or will have a top level preformance variant. (M series, AMG series, V series.)
Lincoln MKZ: FWD or AWD and no manual at all. No performance model.
Go drive a Cadillac ATS, there isn't a Chevy sedan that feels ANYTHING like it. Chevy doesn't even have a sedan built on the alpha platform yet. (It's going to trickle down to the camaro and possibly Regal.)
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