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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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    16 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    @ccap41

    Debatable, but be that as it may, they still don't look anywhere hear as closer to their street versions.

    True, they haven't looked like their street versions since like the 80's. I'd perfer the more street car looks but making a level playing field off of OE aerodynamics wouldn't really work and then you'd have manufacturers making super low sellers specialized for racing. This is about as practical as they can be and I'm glad they went to the more unique bodies a few years ago instead of the identical bodies in the CoT cars. 

    These cars were garbage to look at. 

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    The wing on the Aussie V8 Supercar looks ridiculous. 

    Not sure if that was a wing for a specific race or not, other photos I've seen show smaller wings.  The bodies on the V8 Supercars Mustang look pretty realistic.

     

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    9 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Not sure if that was a wing for a specific race or not, other photos I've seen show smaller wings.  The bodies on the V8 Supercars Mustang look pretty realistic.

     

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    It looks much better from that profile picture and the bodies do look much more realistic or original.

    I think the big difference is in NASCAR with the oval tracks they have much higher sustained speeds and need more aero equal cars. 

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    I always preferred the Sable over the Taurus.... the differences were subtle, but enough to make it a more handsome car.  don't at me. 

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    21 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I always preferred the Sable over the Taurus.... the differences were subtle, but enough to make it a more handsome car.  don't at me. 

    I liked the first 2 generations of both..the Sable had some fun details that made it more 'futuristic' for me--the light bar and wrap around rear window...both of which details showed up on GM10s (Grand Prix and Cutlass Supreme).   I remember sitting in them at the dealer in '86.   Tried to get my Dad to test drive one, but he thought they were weird and he bought another Town Car...

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    5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    I liked the first 2 generations of both..the Sable had some fun details that made it more 'futuristic' for me--the light bar and wrap around rear window...both of which details showed up on GM10s (Grand Prix and Cutlass Supreme).   I remember sitting in them at the dealer in '86.   Tried to get my Dad to test drive one, but he thought they were weird and he bought another Town Car...

    I mean, if the decision is between a Town Car and a Sable, that's a pretty easy choice for me too. 

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