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2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!  
User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10306 times:

Heavy snow in the Detroit area gave Ford Motor Company engineers the chance to do some real world testing of a nearly complete Ford Taurus sedan prototype on the streets of Detroit. The sleeker 2010 Taurus will continue to utilize the same front wheel drive D3 platform as the current generic looking Taurus, (which itself was derived from the Volvo S80 platform) but it has obviously been massively restyled with great hopes of making it a huge sales success for Ford. Under the hood, the turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine is expected to be an optional powerplant.

The current Mercury Sable sedan and Taurus X crossover/wagon will be discontinued when the new Taurus is launched in the spring of 2009. If we Americans are VERY lucky, perhap's Ford executives will see fit to ship the European Ford Mondeo here as the replacement for the soon-to-expire Mercury Sable.

Source: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20081219/FREE/812199991

2010 Ford Taurus prototype (rearquarter view)


2010 Ford Taurus prototype (frontquarter view)


[Edited 2008-12-19 19:09:52]

[Edited 2008-12-19 19:15:47]


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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10284 times:

I like. Though I think it needs bigger rims. The rear wheel well looks large and it seems to have a big ass.

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10267 times:

They'll die even faster if they keep doing these FWD Toyota Camry clones.  Sad

Come on, RWD+AWD please - something that Toyota can not easily do.


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10250 times:

Whats with the colors, were they trying to blend in?

User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10246 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 2):
Come on, RWD+AWD please - something that Toyota can not easily do.

I've been lobbying for the Aussie Ford Falcon to be sold here in North America for a long time, but it seems that the Falcon cannot be readily converted to left-hand drive. Perhaps Mercury will get the Mondeo instead.

Oh, and the current Taurus is to be offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with the same driveteams as the new Taurus' platform-mate, the current Lincoln MKS.



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10241 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 3):
Whats with the colors, were they trying to blend in?

Automotive camouflage. Although it does look like a bad case of ebola or something  Wink



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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10230 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 4):
the current Lincoln MKS.

I've seen the new MKS on the road a few times. It is super hot!


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21106 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10212 times:

That front end just screams Toyota. What happened to the big grill look that Ford seemed to be going for?

-Mir



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10197 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
That front end just screams Toyota. What happened to the big grill look that Ford seemed to be going for?

I dunno - it's got the Ford signature "tri-bar" chrome grille. If anything, I see some Subie Legacy in the headlamps.



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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10175 times:

I thought I read there are no products in the pipeline for Mercury.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3556 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10155 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 3):
Whats with the colors, were they trying to blend in?

I would imagine its to hide the contours of the body in photographs/video.


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10137 times:

The front headlights make it look like an Acura TSX:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5e/2007-Acura-TSX.jpg/800px-2007-Acura-TSX.jpg




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User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 844 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10116 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 2):
They'll die even faster if they keep doing these FWD Toyota Camry clones.



Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 11):
The front headlights make it look like an Acura TSX:

The Taurus does not resemble any Toyota or Acura in existence.

Have another look:
http://flickr.com/photos/23517406@N06/2399112892/



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10113 times:

Not bad - hopefully it will sell well as Ford needs it to be a winner.

Mercury should get the same car, but dressed up a bit as Ford seems to take care of that division.

As for FWD, it's all my wife will get near as she does better with them on snow. Actually, I'm not sorry that I haven't used chains since our last RWD many years ago - they are a pain to put on.


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10098 times:



Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 9):
I thought I read there are no products in the pipeline for Mercury.

Alan Mulally stated last spring that rebadging Ford’s larger and/or specialty European cars as Mercury vehicles could bolster Mercury's sales with minimum investment - cars like the Kuga, S-Max, and Mondeo - while providing a good compliment to Lincoln.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10094 times:

Oh so that explains a lot....

I saw these weird non-camouflaged cars, 3 of them together, just outside the Ford assembly plant in down here in Mexico. They had to be production test models as they didn't have any weird sensors or gadgets as I'm used to seeing a lot down here. I was wondering WTF they were and I found my answer here lol. Just the fact that they are down here makes me 99% certain they'll be building them here in HMO.


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10089 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 4):
I've been lobbying for the Aussie Ford Falcon to be sold here in North America for a long time, but it seems that the Falcon cannot be readily converted to left-hand drive. Perhaps Mercury will get the Mondeo instead.

Conversion to LHD was planned IIRC - but someone further up the management line blocked it.

The Falcon is a very nice car at the moment. Very quick for what it is - and very nice inside.


User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9914 times:

I like the current Taurus better. It has a less pretentious greenhouse that affords better visibility. I'd not buy one now since it's way bigger than I need but I liked the original Five Hundred design. I see why Ford must replace it but I always preferred this no-nonsense design to Chrysler's gimmicky 300, which sacrificed room for style. Too bad Ford didn't have a range of engine choices like Chrysler, however.

User currently offlineTheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2158 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 9668 times:

another nail in the coffin...

Fugly, too big and way too heavy...

The euro Mondeo in diesel is what the US needs, well more exactly FORD needs to survive



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 9605 times:

Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 18):
The euro Mondeo in diesel is what the US needs, well more exactly FORD needs to survive

Or just some of these - RWD Ford Falcon!

Ford Falcon XR6


[Edited 2008-12-23 03:23:55]


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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3817 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9530 times:



Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
I like. Though I think it needs bigger rims.

It is Detroit. Perhaps they were afraid they would get stolen...  duck 



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9483 times:



Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 18):
The euro Mondeo in diesel is what the US needs, well more exactly FORD needs to survive

It is a Euro Mondeo.

http://www.thetorquereport.com/2008/...extgen_ford_mondeo_will_be_ba.html

Hopefully they put in the smart engines / gear boxes too.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9474 times:

Very nice looking car. I still like the current Taurus a bit more thou.


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