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2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:05 am

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)


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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:16 am

I like. Though I think it needs bigger rims. The rear wheel well looks large and it seems to have a big ass.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:26 am

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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:43 am

Whats with the colors, were they trying to blend in?
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:47 am



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:49 am



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

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

I've seen the new MKS on the road a few times. It is super hot!
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:05 am

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

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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:12 am



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:35 am

I thought I read there are no products in the pipeline for Mercury.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:08 am



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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:34 am

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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:18 am



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:20 am

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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:38 am



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:48 am

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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:51 am



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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:19 am

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.
 
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:40 am

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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:18 am

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


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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:02 pm



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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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:15 pm



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.
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RE: 2010 Ford Taurus Caught Playing In Detroit Snow!

Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:27 pm

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