Doesn't make financial and economic sense to completely segregate the two lines. An interesting perspective on that would be Ford is aligning Lincoln for possible sell off.I was at the Lincoln dealership yesterday and had a long talk with one of the managers. He said that Lincoln is very committed to building their own cars with their own platforms - i.e., no more Ford clones. The new Continental is an example. I figured that it was built using a Taurus platform, but it is built by Lincoln. He also indicated that Lincoln has separated their entire development from Ford and all their vehicles will eventually have their own platform. Quite a deal. My guess is that if this doesn't work out, that Lincoln is sunk. He also mentioned that any vehicles remaining with a "letter name", will be changed over to a real name as the MKC< MKX< MKZ... names have caused a lot of confusion among customers.