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Old 02-15-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Not gonna happen. GM can do the CTS-V because it's a super-niche version of a relatively niche car in the grand scheme of GM's lineup. The Taurus, on the other hand, is striving not to be a relatively niche car but a bread-and-butter car. Ford has stated flat-out that development of a new RWD platform is on indefinite haitus largely on account of tightening fuel economy standards. Ford can't afford to have a bread-and-butter car like the Taurus built on a RWD platform while trying to meet ever-tightening CAFE mandates, and they won't build a one-off RWD platform just for a specialty Taurus.

In the absence of a RWD SHO, I wish they'd re-orient the Haldex AWD system to deliver the primary torque to the rear wheels instead of the front. But again, fuel economy reasons dictate the torque be delivered to the front wheels.
Trust me, I know the probabilities of a CTS-V-like Taurus are next-to-none, but I can dream. Id like to see Ford bring over the Falcon or something similar, that would be nice.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Uhhh, well it looks better than previous Taurus' anyway. It looks oddly similiar to a Camry.
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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the biggest thing Ford does/will have going for it when the economy turns around is:

1) there will likely be a renewed sense to 'buy American'

2) out of the Big 3, Ford is the only one NOT currently walking around with the people's money in its pockets

good-looking car! i'm not a family sedan kind of guy, but i do like Fords. if i were in the market, it'd be on my list. i just wonder what this means for the Fusion (which is way overdue for a redesign)

Mike
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Toyotas are not as "grand" as they used to be. I am a Toyota fan of the 80s-mid 90s cars, but not the later ones. I have a couple of friends with newer Corollas that have given alot of problems. One had a timing belt tensioner go out at 26K miles.

I rented a 2009 Toyota Avalon XL last October... it was a nice new car, with 9K (which was a change from my 200K+ miles car), but it was not all that much nicer. I felt like when this car had 200K miles, it would not be much of a car. Just seemed cheap to me compared to 80s-mid 90s Toyotas.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Ford is on a roll. Once the economy shapes up and people get their heads back in the game, Ford will dominate the American market and win back many buyers (myself included). Ford has shaped up big time. I find most of their new models to be superior to any Toyotas or Hondas Ive driven, no joke, dont laugh! They have actually tied Toyota and Honda in the latest reliability reports, and their designs are EONS BEYOND EONS better than the fugly crap that Toyota and Honda have been puking out of their butts lately. The new F-series trucks are incredible, the Focus remains strong and reliable, the Fusion Hybrid is the best in its class by a long shot, the new Flex is innovative and intriguing, the Edge is solid, etc, etc. And with the upcoming GT500 (540 hp I believe), Raptor, etc, Ford is just running away with the show.
Considering what Ford went from, I agree that Ford is really starting to make cars people will want to drive again. Plus, I respect that they didn't take tax payer money.

My husband is actually waiting for the Ford Fusion Hybrid to come out for his new car purchase. He is giving up his BMW to drive something more "green." It looks great (unlike the Prius), is spacious, has good fit and finish, and runs all on the electric battery if going under 47 mph! Speed limit is 40-50 mph on roads here and my husband is only on the freeway for two miles so I think he will be able to last a long time on the 700 miles the car gets out of one tank of gas.

Plus, the Taurus looks pretty good. A little boxy in the back, but better looking than anything else in its class and the interior is much better than the Chrysler 300.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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Man, I hope they pull it out....I inherited a large block of Ford stock that is near worthless now. No dividends, no nuthin...

I wish the heck I'd sold it when it was $8 a share!
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Uhhh, well it looks better than previous Taurus' anyway. It looks oddly similiar to a Camry.
Uhhhh, it looks NOTHING like a Camry and I THANK GOD FOR THAT!!!!

You see, Ford can still design a car that has more intrigue/soul than a slug, unlike Toyota. Im sorry, but Ive lost all respect for Toyota and Honda and will probably never go back unless they start catering to people who are under 95 years old.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Eastern Missouri
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Uhhhh, it looks NOTHING like a Camry and I THANK GOD FOR THAT!!!!

You see, Ford can still design a car that has more intrigue/soul than a slug, unlike Toyota. Im sorry, but Ive lost all respect for Toyota and Honda and will probably never go back unless they start catering to people who are under 95 years old.


I think it looks TOO MUCH like the ugly camery !
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: USA
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The SHO Taurus might be interesting, but ever since the Taurus was released, it just screamed BORING except for the SHO models.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: occupied east coast
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Had a 95 Mercury Sable (same car), HORRIBLE piece of TRASH!!!!

"IF" Ford can bring up its quality standards, maybe, perhaps, possibly, I might consider buying one..... In 10 or 20 years.....If they work out flawless.

So basically, NEVER AGAIN !!!!!


Soooo, I guess ford will have to be satisfied getting MY MONEY the old fashion way.....Government grants.
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