Introduced for the 1993 model year, the completely new Lincoln Mark VIII was a large, rear-wheel drive grand touring luxury coupe that was the successor to the Mark VII. The Mark VIII was built at Ford's Wixom, Michigan assembly plant and was based on the FN10 platform, a relative of the MN12 platform which underpinned the 1989-1997 Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar. The Mark VIII was a larger car than its predecessor, the Mark VII, being about five inches longer at 207.3 inches and nearly four inches wider at 74.8 inches. The car also had a wheelbase of 113.0 inches, over four inches longer than the Mark VII's, which afforded greater interior space and ride quality. In spite of its larger overall size, the Mark VIII's base curb weight was slightly lighter than the Mark VII at a little over 3750lbs. The Mark VIII was also more shapely and aerodynamic than its predecessor having smoother contours and curves across the length of its body with subtle uses of chrome accents. Reflecting its exterior design, the Mark VIII's interior featured sweeping curves in its panels and dashboard surfaces. Instrumentation and controls were arranged around the driver for maximum convenience, emphasizing the Mark VIII's overall design as a personal luxury car.