How in the HELL did that beautiful concept car that was a cross between a
'63 Galaxie and a '49 Custom become THIS ugly piece of crap?
It looks like a cross between a Crown Vic and a Taurus. Throw in a bit of
Chevy Caprice and you've got it.
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Actually, it's only the first of 2 cars replacing the Taurus. The 500 is
based on the Volvo S80 and is slightly larger than the Taurus. It will
ofer all-wheel drive soon. The Ford FreeStyle is a 'don't you dare call it
a station wagon' crossover version.
Next year, there will be a slightly smaller than Taurus car based on the
Mazda6 platform. Lincoln will also get a version of this named Zephyr. The
Ford (was to be named Futura, but dropped due to a lawsuit) and Mercury
versions have not been given official names yet.
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I'd drive one. It seems to still be quite Taurus like (they could call it
Taurus and the name wouldn't be out of place), yet the Volvo components
might sway Ford skeptics. I like that they are going with the Duratec engine
from the Taurus. Hopefully the 6 speed and CVT transmission are much better
than the AXOD and AXOD based predecessors. And have you seen the size of the
trunk? It's bigger than a Crown Vic! Although the car is a little more
European looking than I'd like.
I was worried that the only Taurus successor would be a smaller Mazda 6
based design, because I want a bigger car than the 6. Only problem is I
don't see Column shift / 6 seater version.
If you want a Taurus you will still be able to get one.
A nicely equipped 16K Taurus will still be manufactured
at the Atlanta assembly plant in Hapeville GA, for at
least one more year.. I had the opportunity to drive
both the AWD and a six speed FWD 500. Once you see and
drive one you will not want a Taurus. The 500 is light
years ahead of anything in its price range. The 500 will
sell for several thousands below a similarly equipped V6 Camry or
Accord, both of which are smaller.
Bill 2 wrote:
Oh I know they still make Tauruses. I was surprised to still see 2005
Tauruses but there they were (I thought 2004 was the last year). I currently
have a 2000 Taurus and was just looking at what I can replace it with in a
Any idea when they will arrive at Canadian dealers? And what will be the
The 500 and the Mercury Montego are currently in the
start of production. My source says pricing will be consistent
with 2004 Taurus/Sable pricing. The AWD
will add around $800 to the base price.
Bill 2 wrote:
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