Neil Young hints at 2016 Lincoln Continental

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Singer Neil Young may have unintentionally leaked Lincoln Motor Co.'s next new vehicle.

Speaking earlier this week with CNBC's Matt Kramer about his music company, Pono, Young said he's working with Harman International Industries to put the music player in the 2016 Lincoln Continental — a nameplate that Ford's luxury brand discontinued in 2002.

Lincoln has said it plans to unveil a new sedan in 2016 but has given no other details.

"We do not comment on speculation," a Lincoln spokesman said when asked about Pono and the return of the Continental. "We have announced we have an exclusive partnership with Revel. This is our strategic direction for our sound systems in our Lincoln lineup for the next 10 years."

Last month, Lincoln announced a decade-long partnership with Revel Audio Systems — Harman's premium loudspeaker brand — to put its sound system in all of its new cars, starting with the next generation MKX midsize utility.

A Pono spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.

Earlier this year, Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra said the luxury brand would unveil the MKX in 2015, a yet-to-be-named sedan in 2016 and two new offerings by the end of the decade.

"Like any good business, we're constantly looking at our cycle plans, evaluating all the segments," Galhotra told reporters at last month's Revel announcement. "We're constantly evaluating product opportunities."

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