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      Ford Plans A Massive Weight-Loss Plan For The Taurus

    Usually the rule with vehicles is that the older they get, the heavier and bigger they become. The Ford Taurus mostly follows this rule. Outside the car is big and heavy, while the interior isn't. It can be best described as a rolling sensory deprivation tank. However a new report from Edmunds says the next-generation Taurus plans to rectify that.

    A source tells Edmunds that Ford plans a major weight-loss plan for the Taurus. It begins with a modified Fusion platform that will be extended and widened for the Taurus.

    "The problem with today's Taurus is that it is overweight and even the high performance SHO is not really competitive. With all the power from the (365-horsepower) V6 EcoBoost, it is pretty hard to overcome the amount of mass that the SHO has to move." The Taurus SHO "actually weighs about as much as the stretched Audi A8 L. Of course, Audi uses an extensive amount of aluminum, but it is a much bigger car," the source said.

    Another item that Edmunds reported was the Taurus getting a nine-speed automatic transmission to help with fuel economy.

    Source: Edmunds

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    i like the current Taurus but is heavy. The next Taurus I would love to see the 2.3 turbo and 8 speed (or 9) speed auto. with AWD.

    Something like that, large car, AWD but still combined high twenties or thirty MPG would be nice.

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    Mehhhh, Ford has a long way to go to win me over that they can build reliable long lasting quality auto's. Bought one to many that was nothing but nightmares. Only Ford that was Rock Solid but not a Ford but a rebadged Mazda was my 91 Ford Escort GT. That Pocket Rocket Rocked! :metal:

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    I'm ready to see what Ford can do with this car. The Impala is a hard act to follow, they have their work cut out for them.

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    I'm ready to see what Ford can do with this car. The Impala is a hard act to follow, they have their work cut out for them.

    Totally agree with this statement! :yes:

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    I'm ready to see what Ford can do with this car. The Impala is a hard act to follow, they have their work cut out for them.

    right now as it is, the Taurus is heavily incentivized and is a much better buy. Plus available AWD and for some, a nicer interior.

    Taurus feels like a bunker though.

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    Mehhhh, Ford has a long way to go to win me over that they can build reliable long lasting quality auto's. Bought one to many that was nothing but nightmares. Only Ford that was Rock Solid but not a Ford but a rebadged Mazda was my 91 Ford Escort GT. That Pocket Rocket Rocked! :metal:

    5 fords and about 350,000 trouble free miles now. My Taurus X turned over 100k and I have no intention of dumping it I think I can go to 150 or 175 with it without much fuss.

    All my Fords have been grade A in the reliability factor.

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    I'm ready to see what Ford can do with this car. The Impala is a hard act to follow, they have their work cut out for them.

    right now as it is, the Taurus is heavily incentivized and is a much better buy. Plus available AWD and for some, a nicer interior.

    Taurus feels like a bunker though.

    Impala is a much better car though.

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    They need to start by not putting in a landing strip center console that is 3 times larger than it needs to be! Then lower the belt line, put it on the CD platform but with a longer wheelbase and make the 2.0 liter turbo std with a 9 speed and offer the 2.3 turbo and some type of V6 performance model and I would think sales would go up even more.

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    I'm ready to see what Ford can do with this car. The Impala is a hard act to follow, they have their work cut out for them.

    right now as it is, the Taurus is heavily incentivized and is a much better buy. Plus available AWD and for some, a nicer interior.

    Taurus feels like a bunker though.

    Impala is a much better car though.

    perhaps, but if you want a standard v6, you can buy the taurus for several thousand less. Under 25k real pricing on Taurus' lately and for that you get a v6 and a freakin USB port. If you want AWD, the Impala is not even in the game.

    Yeah the Taurus is heavy, but it is built like a tank. That chassis is one reason I would love to have a Taurus, after having a Taurus X and 500 with the chassis. Some friends have a Flex and they love the snot out of that too. All the new cop cars are Taurus around here.

    Current Taurus will soon be on its 6th model year, not like Impala hasn't milked a design for a long time before......or a chassis (W body-cough)

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    I wonder how all of this will impact Lincoln MKS?

    MKS, who knows the fate? My guess, larger like the Taurus and even more obscure than it is now.

    Side note. My brother in law has an AWD MKS. LOVES IT.

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    The Taurus right now is huge, not only is it over 200 inches long, but it is a really tall car. I think they are about 4500 lbs in awd also, that is SUV weight, so a shift to the Fusion platform is a good move, they could lose a few inches in height and length. The Avalon and Cadenza are roomy inside, but aren't overly huge on the outside. If they get it to more like 198 inches long, 57 inches tall, 3750-4,000 lbs, then the SHO will actually be sporty, and the small engine will get decent mileage.

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    Current Fusion already has a sporty, dramatic look. Taurus being a bigger, more expensive car, it stands to reason the styling would be turned up a notch. This sounds pretty cool to me. Although I do wish somebody besides Chrysler would bring a mainstream, fullsize RWD car back to market.

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    The current Taurus has some strange proportions..the body is way too tall (60 inches is more appropriate for a CUV height than a sedan) , the side windows too short relative to the height of the lower body giving it a wierd chopped top look in profile..also, being so tall it looks narrow from behind. The top of the decklid is too high (a common problem w/ many cars today)..

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    I can see police officers hating this car because they can't see out of it, plus, with that huge center console, they've got no room.

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    I can see police officers hating this car because they can't see out of it, plus, with that huge center console, they've got no room.

    Yeah, I can see that...it's fascinating comparing the greenhouse and proportions of the Taurus w/ the Crown Vic..the CV's windows must be 6 inches taller..

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    Panther FTW, clearly. The old girl did her job well and has not been surpassed in many critical areas. Sure, an Ecoboost twin turbocharged V6 is quicker in the current Taurus and Exploder, but jeez man, the maintenance requirements, especially as the miles add up in hard use... no thanks.

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    The AWD MKS is a good car, but too overpriced for the quality of materials.

    yeah, but like most of the Lincoln line these days, the cars seem to find their way into the used market with really low miles on them for many many thousand less than sticker. That's how my brother in law bought his, like a year old and few miles, for not much more than what the Taurus market value was. It's almost like Ford designs the Lincolns to deliberately go to the used market at a big drop in value. It kind of reminds me of those 'direct to video' movies that never see the theater. They have stars in them, but none of the stars will admit to ever having been in one of those movies. They just make em because they need to generate business.

    Lincoln also helps Ford overall to amortize all the new safety and powertrain technologies. Ecoboost for example, pretty hard to make a case for that 3.5 v6 for Just the taurus SHO as cars go.

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    I can see police officers hating this car because they can't see out of it, plus, with that huge center console, they've got no room.

    Yeah, I can see that...it's fascinating comparing the greenhouse and proportions of the Taurus w/ the Crown Vic..the CV's windows must be 6 inches taller..

    It's a pretty even split around here lately with the new cop cars I see, between the Taurus version and Explorer version of the Police Interceptor. The Explorer version sure looks funny on tiny steelies. But I bet the cops really like the room. Many if not most of the new Police Interceptors have an Ecoboost badge on them.

    I think Ford even makes a different console for the Taurus version to give more room for the cops.

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