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    Last US Taurus Rolls off the Line

      End of the line for a pioneering nameplate

    Over 8 Million Ford Taurus cars have been built over the years as U.S. Taurus production came to a close yesterday in Chicago.   The Taurus was first introduced at the 1985 Los Angeles Auto Show. The original Taurus changed the design landscape for family cars in the U.S. from a traditional boxy shape to a very rounded aerodynamic one. Offered in sedan and wagon variants, the popular model became the best selling car in America by 1992.  In 1989, the SHO was introduced, a 220 horsepower V6 engine provided by Yamaha.  There was a two-year pause from 2006 to 2008 when the model was called the Ford Five Hundred. 

    While the Taurus is ending in the U.S. an unrelated Taurus continues production in China.  The Chinese Taurus was introduced in 2016 and is based on an extended Ford Fusion platform. 

    Though production of the Taurus has ended in Chicago, Ford is investing $1 billion to expand their Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago Stamping plant to get ready for the 2020 Ford Explorer , Ford Police Interceptor, and Lincoln Aviator.  Ford is replacing or updating 75% of its U.S. lineup by the end of 2020.

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    Good riddance. A storied nameplate, but this thing was long past it's sale-by date. Ford is foolish for not making a new one, however.

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    10 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Good riddance. A storied nameplate, but this thing was long past it's sale-by date. Ford is foolish for not making a new one, however.

    The fusion based one should have come here in 2016.

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    Well I was going to upvote your comment, Drewbert, but C&G says I've run out of f**ks to give, so I will type this out instead.  That Chinese Taurus looks great, shame Ford's U.S. plans did not include it.  It could have matched the grace of Chevy's final, beautiful Impala.

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    I had an 89 and 99 SHO, two of my fave cars I had ever.  I like the 2010+ ones, but the interior was a bunker, not as much room as it should have had, and it didn't drive amazing.

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    I was never a Taurus admirer. Even the SHO of 1989.  Its true that I really didnt recognize and I wasnt really knowledgeable of the SHO's capabilities.  I just never really took to it. 

    I was more into the 1989 Turbo Trans Am, 1989 Turbo Grand Prix and from Ford's own Thunderbird SC of the same year, when the SHO made its debut.

    In 1986 when the Taurus came out, I didnt even realize what a game changer it was for the industry. Because I dont think I really cared if it had rounded looks rather than the boxy cars that were.  In fact, I actually preferred the boxy cars of the day rather than the rounded "aerodymanic" look of the Taurus.

    When Robocop came out, I didnt realize they used the Taurus for its "futuristic" look. I thought they used the Taurus for satirical purposes like the rest of the movie's dialogue and portrayals.  I even preferred the looks of the 6000 SUX over the Taurus fully knowing that the 6000 SUX car was just a shoddy built parody of a car in the vein of National Lampoons Vacation Family Truckster...

    And then when the really really oval one came out...:yuck:

    Even with the Yamaha V8, (THEN, I knew about the SHO), I preferred the supercharged  3.8 Grand Prix. Coupe or Sedan.  Olds Intrigue too I preferred.

    W-Body Cutlass Supreme and GP for me for the rounded, aerodynamic look for the mid to late 1980s instead of the Taurus.

    This gen Taurus/Ford 500, well, it stayed too long without being updated. And the Edge and Explorer are picking up where the Taurus left off . So...maybe its best this way for all of us...

     

     

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    The original Taurs was good, gen 2 wasn't much of a departure and they just didn't do enough in the 90s with it to keep it competitive with the Camry and Accord.  That early 2000s 4th gen was woefully uncompetitive, a bad rental car only.  When it came back it was too big.  This car had maybe 10 good years, and 20 years of mismanagement.

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    We had a fully-loaded 20-yr old '95 wagon here for about a year & a half. What struck me was that it wasn't a large car externally, but had a ton of room inside. We liked driving it but when the transaxle started going, it wasn't worth repairing value-wise.

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    4 hours ago, balthazar said:

    We had a fully-loaded 20-yr old '95 wagon here for about a year & a half. What struck me was that it wasn't a large car externally, but had a ton of room inside. We liked driving it but when the transaxle started going, it wasn't worth repairing value-wise.

     

    as they tended to do in that car.  It's probably the largest single reason you don't see the older vintages of Taurus around much anymore. The 4-speeds failed. 

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    15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    as they tended to do in that car.  It's probably the largest single reason you don't see the older vintages of Taurus around much anymore. The 4-speeds failed. 

    I really like where Ford is now in many ways...and love the vintage Ford Stuff. But a whole lot of stuff in the middle was pretty marginal...including most of the Taurus products. I have a soft spot for whatever reason for the current gen SHO but that is about it.

    ONWARD....the New Ford will be better than the Ford of two years ago.

    On 3/2/2019 at 5:33 PM, ocnblu said:

    ... I've run out of f**ks to give...

    Pretty much how I feel about life at the moment. Seeking the assistance of a mental health professional on Thursday.

    But a whole lot of things in the current world suck....including the end of most American passenger cars and the rise of the crappy CUV...

    That being said...I don't consider the Jeepiat crappy at all. Good friend of mine has a renegade Trailhawk and we have had no end of fun adventures in that thing.

    American Domestics (of which FCA is somewhat) still really get it right a lot of the time.

    Shame that for most of its time in production the Taurus was really a marginal product compared with the Asian Competition.

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    Me think I would rather have this Gator colored with the two tone interior 2020 Rubicon Gladiator pickup over the Taurus! :metal:

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    4 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I really like where Ford is now in many ways...and love the vintage Ford Stuff. But a whole lot of stuff in the middle was pretty marginal...including most of the Taurus products. I have a soft spot for whatever reason for the current gen SHO but that is about it.

    ONWARD....the New Ford will be better than the Ford of two years ago.

    Pretty much how I feel about life at the moment. Seeking the assistance of a mental health professional on Thursday.

    But a whole lot of things in the current world suck....including the end of most American passenger cars and the rise of the crappy CUV...

    That being said...I don't consider the Jeepiat crappy at all. Good friend of mine has a renegade Trailhawk and we have had no end of fun adventures in that thing.

    American Domestics (of which FCA is somewhat) still really get it right a lot of the time.

    Shame that for most of its time in production the Taurus was really a marginal product compared with the Asian Competition.

    I like the current SHO also. 

    Hope Thursday goes well too, I see mine today. 

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    @Drew Dowdell @A Horse With No Name Lucky guys you get a break from yours. I see mine daily as I live with her, my wife is a mental health specialist / life coach. It is an amazing daily experience to work with someone that helps others with their brains.

    Wishing you both a great session this week. Stay Strong, :metal:

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    Me think I would rather have this Gator colored with the two tone interior 2020 Rubicon Gladiator pickup over the Taurus! :metal:

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    Yeah, but really odd comparison... 

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    6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Yeah, but really odd comparison... 

    Yea, but us 1% auto hard core nerds never think about odd, only about the passion young padawan! :P 

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I like the current SHO also. 

    Hope Thursday goes well too, I see mine today. 

    Good vibes your way.

    2 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Me think I would rather have this Gator colored with the two tone interior 2020 Rubicon Gladiator pickup over the Taurus! :metal:

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    Who wouldn't?

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    They could have kept them pretty close to actual stock and the aero should have been great. 

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    @Drew Dowdell Yeah, back then, all of the cars looked incredibly close to their street counterparts. That spread of late 90's-early 2000's was I would argue the last great era of NASCAR racing and car template designs. 

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    20 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    @Drew Dowdell Yeah, back then, all of the cars looked incredibly close to their street counterparts. That spread of late 90's-early 2000's was I would argue the last great era of NASCAR racing and car template designs. 

    They've gone back to that after the disaster of the CoT(Car of Tomorrow). They're much more like the factory cars again. 

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    8 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    They've gone back to that after the disaster of the CoT(Car of Tomorrow). They're much more like the factory cars again. 

     

    They definitely don't look as close now as they did then.

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    43 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    @Drew Dowdell Yeah, back then, all of the cars looked incredibly close to their street counterparts. That spread of late 90's-early 2000's was I would argue the last great era of NASCAR racing and car template designs. 

    I would disagree with that. They're more unique to the manufacturer, imo. 

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    They've gone back to that after the disaster of the CoT(Car of Tomorrow). They're much more like the factory cars again. 

    '19 Nascar Monster Cup Mustang and Aussie V8 Supercars Mustang..

     

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