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    Shanghai Auto Show: 2016 Ford Taurus


    • Ford Introduces A More Luxurious Taurus for China


    Imagine if the Ford Taurus wasn't a mass-market full-size sedan, but a luxury sedan. Well imagine no more. Ford has pulled the covers off the new Chinese-Market 2016 Taurus which moves upscale to satisfy the demand for luxury vehicles and delivers on the automaker's commitment to bring 15 new world-class vehicles to China by 2015.

    The 2016 Chinese-spec Taurus looks like bigger Fusion - we'll let you decided whether or not that's a good thing. Up front is the trapezoidal grille and a set of slimmed down headlights. The side profile boasts a distinctive character line and a set 19-inch wheels. Towards the back are a set of LED taillights and chrome bar.

    Compared to the North-American spec Taurus, the Chinese-spec Taurus has a 3-inch longer wheelbase. This allows for a larger back seat area - perfect since many customers like to be chauffeured around. The center seat cushion folds down to reveal a rear-seat control panel for climate control, seat adjustments, and infotainment. Optional will be adjustable lumbar support and a massage function for the rear seats.

    Power will come from a twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Ford hasn't released specifications on the engine, but we expect to be around 315 to 325 horsepower judging from current Ford models with this engine.

    “The Ford Taurus we’re introducing today shows the amazing strength and flexibility of our One Ford plan. It combines the best of our global product development and large-car expertise with a clear understanding of what Chinese customers in this segment want,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford China.

    Source: Ford

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2015-4-18 | Shanghai, China

    New Ford Taurus Sets a New Benchmark for Large Sedans in China

    • Ford Taurus, a new premium business sedan for China, combines expressive design, exceptional craftsmanship and advanced technology
    • Taurus is the latest vehicle delivered as part of Ford's commitment to bring 15 new world-class vehicles to China by 2015
    • Powerful, confident and inviting exterior design is matched by a spacious and elegant interior with carefully chosen materials for a sense of prestige
    • New high-output twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine offers effortless power with high efficiency
    • Taurus will be manufactured at new $760 million Changan Ford Hangzhou plant

    Introducing a new premium sedan for discerning Chinese business customers, Ford today unveiled the new Ford Taurus at a special event in Shanghai. Designed especially to meet the needs of the Chinese market, the vehicle brings the historic Taurus nameplate to China for the first time.

    "The Ford Taurus we're introducing today shows the amazing strength and flexibility of our One Ford plan," said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China. "It combines the best of our global product development and large-car expertise with a clear understanding of what Chinese customers in this segment want."

    Ford made full use of its global design and development resources to create the Taurus. Early in the design process, designers and engineers from around the world immersed themselves in China to gain a deeper understanding of the market and key cultural factors influencing design and vehicle preferences. In-depth research of target customers – accomplished, respected professionals – helped to fine-tune design and engineering targets to create an exceptional new vehicle.

    "The Ford Taurus was created for highly sophisticated consumers in China who need an equally sophisticated vehicle for both business and personal use," said Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford Automobile Co. "With a powerful, confident and inviting design, a spacious and elegant interior, impeccable craftsmanship, compelling performance and advanced technology, the Ford Taurus makes no compromises as an innovative flagship sedan."

    In creating the new Taurus, Ford designers crafted an exterior conveying balance, harmony and a sense of confidence.

    At the front of the vehicle, a shield-like, clipped trapezoidal five-bar grille is positioned prominently and flanked by slender, modern headlamps with signature daytime running lights and LED projector lamp technology. Chrome rings house supplemental LED driving lights.

    In silhouette, a powerful hood profile and planted architecture give the Taurus a sense of solidity and harmony. Designers elevated the exterior with fine details on the sides, including upswept highlight trim on the doors. Polished 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels help to give a bold and premium stance.

    At the rear of the vehicle, multi-piece LED tail lights incorporate a distinctive signature appearance. A bright chrome bar connecting the tail lights highlights the vehicle's width for a sense of understated athleticism. Integrated chrome exhaust tips complete the rear and offer another discreet hint at performance.

    "We wanted to create a vehicle that displays a maturity of design with balanced and harmonious proportions, tailored to the business customer in China," said Todd Willing, Asia Pacific Design Director and exterior designer for the Ford Taurus. "Our aim was to create a vehicle that is elegant, inviting and quietly confident."

    The sense of balance and harmony continues inside with a clean, modern cabin that makes use of smart design and strong horizontal elements for an airy, spacious feel. Above the passengers, a full panoramic sunroof allows more natural light to enter the cabin and adds to a sense of elegance and openness.

    The spacious feel is justified by an exceptionally roomy cabin, which takes full advantage of the vehicle's five-meter length and 2.95-meter wheelbase for abundant second-row legroom, and generous shoulder and hip room. Designers and engineers went to great lengths to package features in a way that prioritized interior space. The front panel of the panoramic sunroof, for example, slides back over the rear panel rather than under it, ensuring maximum rear headroom.

    Making full use of the car's interior space, designers and engineers placed more than 25 intelligent stowage spaces throughout the cabin. Cup holders designed to securely hold different-sized tea bottles are just one thoughtful detail implemented to meet the needs of consumers. Reflecting the importance of second-row passengers in China – where the owner of a premium vehicle is often a passenger rather than a driver – the second row has been designed with an emphasis on comfort.

    In a first for a Ford vehicle in China, the Taurus has power-reclining rear seats with optional adjustable lumbar support and a massage function, helping both rear passengers arrive refreshed at their destination in business-class comfort. Folding down the center seat cushion – friction-hinged for a premium feel – reveals a rear-seat control panel for air conditioning, seat functions and car media. Folding it up allows the vehicle to comfortably accommodate three rear passengers with a 40/20/40 rear-seat layout.

    Materials used throughout the cabin reinforce the feeling of comfort and exceptional, uncompromised quality. Ford designers appointed surfaces with soft but durable materials – such as supple leather for the seats – that recall a pair of tailored gloves or a fine wool suit.

    These materials are accented by bright chrome finishes for an extra layer of detail and a sense of prestige. The careful application of wood elements adds natural warmth and strength, and underscores the fine craftsmanship of the interior. Extensive use of sound-deadening materials, advanced technologies and precise engineering ensure that whether in the front or rear seats, all occupants are treated to an exceptionally quiet cabin matched by a smooth and comfortable ride.

    Powered by Ford's new high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the Taurus has the effortless power to match its elegant appearance. Drawing from the best of the Ford EcoBoost engine family, this new world-class engine delivers power in a stronger, smarter package. Lightweight materials and advanced controls help the engine to set a new standard for power density and efficiency.

    "Beautiful design, craftsmanship, refinement, comfort and power help the Taurus to rise above the typical large sedan, but they are only part of the story," said Burela. "We look forward to sharing more about our new premium business sedan over the months ahead."

    The Ford Taurus will be manufactured at the recently opened Changan Ford Hangzhou Plant. Representing a US$760 million investment, the plant is the sixth assembly plant producing Ford vehicles in China. The highly efficient facility uses Ford's latest manufacturing technologies and is capable of producing up to 250,000 vehicles a year on a flexible production line.

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    not sure what is on the "rear console"...but that's pretty cool...least from the pic.

    Looks like a touch screen and some audip/HVAC controls..

     

    This looks good overall...looks Fusion-derived but a bit larger..presumably with more cabin space as that is something they like in China.  

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    now to drop in a Volvo V8 (which is derived from the old Yamaha Taurus SHO engine) with true dual exhaust and make it into a real Ford

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    now to drop in a Volvo V8 (which is derived from the old Yamaha Taurus SHO engine) with true dual exhaust and make it into a real Ford

    Can't see that happening; Ford doesn't own Volvo anymore.  Probably will have an EcoBoost 4 and V6.

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    Fusion XL.

     

    At least Taurus got its six window design back it started with in the 1980's. The car also got smaller. It is less than 200 inches again. It is now the size it was in the late 1990's early 2000's. I am sure we will not get this luxury version here.  The Ford Australia design team did this design.  I guess it is truly indeed "One Ford".  I suspect they may do with Taurus what they did with Fusion/Mondeo.  It may be Taurus/ Falcon this time around.  The taillamps are the same ones they use on the Ford Falcon in Australia.

     

     Ford Australia:  Falcon

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rk9yzfQD4Q

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    Fusion XL.

     

    At least Taurus got its six window design back it started with in the 1980's. The car also got smaller. It is less than 200 inches again. It is now the size it was in the late 1990's early 2000's. I am sure we will not get this luxury version here.  The Fiord Australia design team did this design.  I guess it is truly indeed "One Ford".  I suspect they may do with Taurus what they did with Fusion/Mondeo.  It may be Taurus/ Falcon this time around.  The taillamps are the same ones they use on the Ford Falcon in Australia.

    Fusion XL is exactly right

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    I'd still like to see a picture of the rear panel/taillights.

     

    Your Wish is my command!

     

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    Personally not wowed or impressed. Nice but that is about it.

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    I don't see any 80s, but I see a family resemblance to other current Ford sedans. It's pleasant, less thick looking than the current model, which looks tall and narrow w too small windows.

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    Is it me of does this rear end of the Taurus SCREAM 1980's? Bland K cars, Bland just about everything!

     

    Oh come now:

    1986-Chrysler-LeBaron-Convertible.jpg

     

     

    Yup, Bland square and ugly.

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    I can't decide if I like this or not..... I'm leaning towards not.  I suppose it will make an okay cop car.

    Ding ding, the cop car part will probably be the case and a lot of why they are even planning to bother with this here.

     

    The current Taurus is popular in these parts and I really like it.  This just loses a lot.  This just doesn't do much for me.....yet.  Maybe I will warm to it. I don't know.  Ford has really farted out some bland stuff recently.

     

    All that said, I leased a 500 once over the Fusion because of the extra room.  So who knows, this is probably destined for my garage if I got a good deal on it.

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    Is it me of does this rear end of the Taurus SCREAM 1980's? Bland K cars, Bland just about everything!

     

    Oh come now:

    1986-Chrysler-LeBaron-Convertible.jpg

     

     

    Yup, Bland square and ugly.

     

     

    No it has STYLE AND TURBO!

    along with woodgrain..

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    I feel an original Azera vibe here and I am not sure why.  Like a muscled up and squared off Azera.

     

    Well, this might bode well for Impala sales now! 

     

    It's like Ford has its Focus / Mondeo 'world design language' programmed into a supercomputer now, and they just enter in design parameters, length, height, 'target age of buyer' etc.  They push a button and it just spits shtuff out.

     

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    Well, it's more staid and classy than the current semi-muscular fat guy sort of look. It's also pretty lacking in originality. Can't say I love it or loathe it. 

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    FWIW, Ford is making a killing off the Police Interceptor Utility (PIU for short; i.e. Explorer).  Many police departments in southern NJ are planning to switch over to the Explorer/PIU and do not like the Police Interceptor Sedan (PIS, for short; i.e. Taurus).  I'm wondering if this may help or hurt the potential use of the Taurus/PIS in future fleets?  I know many a cop that says the performance of the Taurus is good but the headroom is bad; similar sayings for the Dodge Charger Police Car - good performance, bad dimensions.  I'm seeing more Caprices in NJ now than 2-3 years ago, and Tahoes are still around though I know a few police dept's that do not favor the 'heavy & slow' Tahoe, as they refer to them (spoke to a couple of cops about these vehicles Saturday at the scene of an accident I was called to - one had a previous gen Tahoe, one had an older Crown Vic, one had a new Explore, and the other a Taurus - all from the same dept BTW).  The Explorer was favored among all the models there, though they agreed the FWD Explorer isn't great on wet roads v. the AWD model.

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    All the new cop vehicles here are explorer or taurus

    Ths new one solves the cabin claustrophobia and rear seat room issue by the looks of it.

    I'm not totally convinced this is on the fusion based platform. I know that makes sense for a lot of reasons, but this is chunky like the current taurus, and the front end looks relatively unchanged. Ford has tested these old Volvo chassis on the taurus and explorer now for police use and they are solid. I can't see them giving up on it without making a long term payback before testing out a new chassis for police use.

    Continental concept aka MKS has the same chunky proportions. If they lengthen the wb for Taurus and continental they can reuse the chassis for a longer explorer too which it needs the length badly for the back seat.

    A new edge passed me tonight. At first I could hardly tell it was all new. Ford is really trying to blend in these days.

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    It's like Ford has its Focus / Mondeo 'world design language' programmed into a supercomputer now, and they just enter in design parameters, length, height, 'target age of buyer' etc.  They push a button and it just spits shtuff out.

     

     

    heh

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      Ford Performance reveals next generation Ford Fiesta ST powered by an all-new 200PS, three-cylinder, 1.5‑litre EcoBoost engine at the Geneva Motor Show First three-cylinder Ford Performance model also features Drive Modes that adjust engine, steering, stability controls and even exhaust sound for optimised driving fun Electronic Sound Enhancement and active exhaust valve amplify sporty sound of three-cylinder engine that also features cylinder deactivation for further reduced CO2* Enhanced range of personalisation options and technology includes newstyling packs, SYNC 3 connectivity with eight-inch touchscreen and B&O Play high-end audio BRENTWOOD, UK, Feb. 24, 2017 – Ford Performance today announced the next generation Ford Fiesta ST, powered by an all-new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine.
      Shown for the first time ahead of its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the next‑generation Fiesta ST will deliver 200PS, 290Nm of torque and anticipated 0‑62mph acceleration in 6.7sec.
      The third generation of Fiesta ST will be the first ever Ford Performance model powered by a three-cylinder engine, and the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes – enabling engine, steering and stability controls to be configured to Normal, Sport and Track settings for an optimised fun-to-drive experience in conditions from motorways to track days.
      Drive Modes will also adjust Fiesta ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve to deliver an even more satisfying driving experience. The technologies amplify the naturally sporty sound of the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine that also features Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine, for further reduced CO2 emissions of an anticipated 114g/km.*
      Available from launch in early 2018 in both three-door and five-door bodystyles, the next generation Fiesta ST will be offered with a greater variety of interior trim and personalisation options than ever before, with bold and distinctive exterior styling that includes a unique race-car-inspired mesh grille and exclusive 18in alloy wheels.
      “Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”
      All-new 1-5-litre EcoBoost engine
      Part of Ford’s EcoBoost range of petrol engines that also includes the multi-award-winning 1.0‑litre EcoBoost, the all-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine uses technology including turbocharging, high-pressure fuel injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing to deliver optimised performance and fuel efficiency.
      The engine’s three-cylinder architecture delivers naturally high torque at low rpm. Performance is further boosted by a new turbocharger that uses an optimised turbine design to build boost pressure faster and minimise lag for a more responsive and fun driving experience.
      A new combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection technology helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside reduced CO2 emissions,* with a particular increase in fuel efficiency under light engine loads.
      Ford’s new cylinder deactivation technology – first announced for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and a world first for a three-cylinder engine – will further improve fuel efficiency for Fiesta ST customers without affecting performance by automatically stopping fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the engine’s cylinders in conditions where full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. The technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds – 20 times faster than the blink of an eye – to seamlessly deliver full performance on demand.
      The all-aluminium engine also features an integrated exhaust manifold thatimproves efficiency by helping the engine reach optimal temperatures faster, and delivers torque more rapidly by minimising the distance exhaust gasses travel between cylinders and turbocharger. Gas particulate filter technology that reduces soot emissions will also feature.
      New Drive Modes
      Selectable Drive Modes add even more versatility for the next generation Fiesta ST, enabling drivers to optimise the driving experience to suit scenarios from school run to the race track:
      In Normal mode, engine mapping, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), ESE, exhaust sound and electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) are configured to deliver natural responsiveness and a connected feel In Sport mode, engine mapping and throttle pedal response are sharpened, and EPAS settings adjusted to deliver more feedback and finer control for fast road driving. The active noise control valve opens and ESE is adjusted to intensify the sporty exhaust note and engine noise within the cabin In Track mode, all vehicle dynamics features are tuned for the fastest possible lap times, traction control is disabled and ESC interventions are set to wide-slip mode for hard circuit driving  The agile and responsive Ford Performance-tuned chassis will be supported by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control technology that improves road holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering. Three-mode ESC will enable drivers to choose between full system intervention; wide-slip mode with limited intervention; and full system de-activation.
      Greater personalisation
      The next generation Fiesta ST will offer more personalisation options than ever before. Customers will be able to choose from a range of trim elements for the gear lever, steering wheel, door pulls and decorative dashboard spear, and select from distinctive styling packs.
      The ergonomic Fiesta ST interior will feature supportive Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Exterior colour options will include new Liquid Blue and the Fiesta ST will feature exclusive 18in alloy wheels.
      “Our ST models are designed to make a Ford Performance driving experience accessible to customers regardless of lifestyle,” said Matthias Tonn, Fiesta ST chief programme engineer. “With three- and five-door bodystyles and distinctive styling options that complement the model’s performance characteristics available from day-one, the next generation Fiesta ST will deliver a broader appeal for an even wider range of car-buyers.”
      Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system will enable Fiesta ST drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, SYNC 3 is supported by floating, tablet-inspired touchscreens up to eight inches in size that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures.
      The next generation Fiesta ST also will be offered with a high quality B&O PLAY Sound System for a high-end audio experience – among features Ford first announced last year for the next generation Fiesta.
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