It was pretty close...
& the C/V is being phased out as a NYC approved cab vehicle in favor of
Ford did shut down the Atlanta plant and all Taurus production. They did
however switch the Taurus name to the 500.
What is helping keep the over 200K CV/GM in production is the transfer of
the T-Car production from Wixom and the closing of that plant.
When the new AWD large chassis, for the MKS, comes on line all production in
the RWD Canadian plant will go away as well, leaving Flat Rock as the only
I beg to differ.
If I am not mistaken, the Taurus and the Five Hundred where both
produced at the same time and both were sold in the 2005-2007 model
years (to fleets in the US and consumers in Canada). So they didn't
change the name, but came out with a new car.
The new Taurus is the renamed Five Hundred for the 2008 model year. It
had a face-lift. And Ford's new president like the idea of keeping the
Taurus name alive.
And the fact that there are tons of sales of the car to police
departments, taxi fleets, taxi drivers and limo companies/fleets.
Have a lovely day.
The fact of the matter is that I was not at all disputing that they shut
down the Atlanta plant.
I was disputing your opinion that they switched the Taurus name to the
500. The fact is that during each model year of the 500, there was also
a different Taurus model available. And the Taurus was built on a
different platform than the 500.
So, please explain to me how they could have switched the Taurus name to
the 500 when in fact they had both the Taurus and the 500 in every model
year in which the sold the 500.
You would also note that they initially introduced the 2008 model of the
Taurus as a Five Hundred. So they switch the 500 name to the Taurus, not
the other way around (beginning with the current (2008) model year).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Five_Hundred (see the timeline at the
They initially introduced the 2008 model of the Five Hundred as a Five
Hundred. There was no Taurus after October, 2006.
So, using your logic, you can still buy a Front Wheel Drive, 3.0 Vulcan
or 3.0 DuraTech powered Ford passenger vehicle, a 2008 model, that's
called the Five Hundred, but looks like a 2004-2007 Taurus? Are you nuts?
Shall we even touch on the Montego/Sable issue? Please use your same
argument there too so we know you are at least consistent.
"but the Five Hundred was rebranded as the 2008 Ford Taurus"
from YOUR reference pretty much sums it up...
No it isn't. Until the 2007 model year, the Taurus was based on the same
platform. The Five Hundred had nothing to do with the Taurus, other than
it was made and sold by the company. But the platforms are completely
Actually, they showed what is now the 2008 Taurus at an auto show as the
2008 Five Hundred. But the new President of Ford elected to renew the
Five Hundred the Taurus to keep the better-known Taurus name alive.
Really? Explain why there was a 2007 model of the Taurus (for fleet
sales only in the US, but sold to consumers) and there is a 2008 model
for sale now.
There never was, to my knowledge, a car that looks like the 2007 Taurus
called "Five Hundred." The Five Hundred is a different car that was
based on a Volvo platform.
Are you a nitwit? Or do you just play one on the Internet.
I never made an argument inconsistent with the Wikipedia article.
The fact is that until the end of the 2007 model year, the Taurus and
the Five Hundred were different cars built on different platform with no
relationship to each other, other than they were both built and sold by
the same car company.
When you get a clue, let us know.
FACT: The 2007 Taurus was built at the Atlanta plant, the 2007 500 was
built in the Rouge plant. The Atlanta plant was closed and the previous
Taurus was discontinued.
FACT: The car currently being built in the Rouge plant and shown at the NYC
auto show is a restyled, upgraded 500 with a bigger engine and new drive
train and renamed the 2008 Taurus and the 2007 Freestyle was restyled
upgraded with a bigger engine and new drive train and renamed the 2008
Taurus X, regardless of our friend Jeff's opinion.
I see where the confusion is coming from. You said they "switched the
Taurus name to the 500."
This means that they renamed the Taurus "500," when you really meant
they renamed the new 500 to "Taurus."
Jeff, tell me when the 2007 Tauruses were built. When you can answer
that, you will be answering your own question. Then Google up some news
from 10/2006 to 11/2006 using the search argument "Chick-Fil-A Taurus
Atlanta" for some more good reading. It's all about "the last Taurus".
The 2008 Taurus never came to be until months later at the car show.
And, I'll bet they build some of those in 2007.
On second thought, don't take that bet. I've seen a few hundred '08's
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