Ford Set to Produce Last Taurus

Ford Set to Produce Last Taurus

There are 16 comments on the The Associated Press story from Oct 19, 2006, titled Ford Set to Produce Last Taurus . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Sometime next week, the assembly line at a Ford plant near Atlanta will come to a halt, signaling the end of a family sedan so revolutionary that its 1985 debut changed forever the way cars look, feel and ...

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huey

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#1 Oct 20, 2006
keep up the good work!
you are very important to us.
huey
Anthony Riley

Council Bluffs, IA

#2 Oct 20, 2006
I think this will hurt the sales in Ford Motor Co. The taurus was a car that was great a fuel and ran for a long time. Taking the car out of production will or might put a great hurt in sales and money at teh end of the year.
Chris Dabrowski

Scarborough, Canada

#3 Oct 20, 2006
I owned a 1997 Taurus for 8 years, and it proved its self to be a reliable auto. Was it perfect (like the Japanese cars are),no it wasn't. But it was a quality built vehicle with great versatility in the station wagon form. I agree that Ford needlessly abandoned a solid design and name plate, and I have always thought that Ford is way too much leaning on the truck side of things. The Taurus will live on long after its production has stopped.
Jimmy K

Waukesha, WI

#4 Oct 20, 2006
My sister bought one of the original Tauruses brand new. I remember it having a futuristic dashboard layout and the front wheel drive made it a good winter car when many sedans at the time were still on rear wheel drive platforms. The Taurus kept with the appeal the 1983 Thunderbird had with it's rounded design which made it a great looking car. And kudos to offering the SHO version for those that wanted more spirited Euro-sytle performace! I personally though the "symphony of ovals" second generation version was flat out ugly but it's sales still dominated the market. It is really unfortunate that American buyers shifted to gas guzzling SUVs when most didn't need them. But what is even more unfortunate is that Ford went with a production strategy aimed at appealing to the SUV trend, forgetting that the Taurus bailed them out of hot water. Proven, solid cars that appealed to the American buyer, not just because it was quality, but because it was an AMERICAN product. Yes, I know, many were made in Mexico and Canada. But it was still money kept in America instead of being sent over seas and still created jobs here in the United States. One has to remember that Ford outsourced a lot of parts to many different manufactures, such as power window motors, etc. These companies and their employees are also hurt by Ford's rediculous business strategies. I feel a great pity for those that trusted in Ford and their own workmanship and now face the ax because they let incompetent family members run the business instead of real business people. The Taurus was a good car, but like my dad frequently says, Ford is well known for doing a good thing for a few years and then ruining it (i.e. the 1950's Thunderbird turned sedan??? What the heck!). Hats off to the original designers of the Taurus and here's hoping the Fords didn't totally ruin their grandfather's innovative company.
mar

Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

#5 Oct 22, 2006
I OWN A FORD T THEN NOW I OWNNED A CLASSIC- LEGAL -
I see it everyday

Clarklake, MI

#6 Oct 22, 2006
How safe is the SABLE NOW!!! I have a sable and I like it a lot.
RONALD SMITH

Windsor Locks, CT

#7 Oct 23, 2006
I work for Ford many years, about 15 years, i made the castings for the 3.0 block for the Taurus.
The main reason for the Taurus will be gone soon,
the body and the engine is made in America.
Taurus is assembled in Atlanta, GA, and the engine, we did the grey iron castings which was built in Brookpark, OH.
The 3.0 block for the Taurus was the best quality engine Ford built.
Also it was the cheapest block to make--about $500.00 each block.
Why than Ford wants to discontinue the best quality engine and the best quality car?
Why--Taurus is made in America, Ford wants to do way with many American jobs as they can.
The Ford Fusion took the Taurus place--Fusion is built in Mexico.
Now you know.
Brian G

Johnson City, NY

#8 Oct 23, 2006
It's sad that the American built vehicles are dissapearing like this. I have a 2006 F-150 built in Dearborn MI, and a 2004 Taurus. I love the fact they're American built with pride. The corporate monsters are destroying this country to make a few rich. I don't know where it will end, but we the American people will be the losers.
CARMAN

Owasso, OK

#9 Oct 23, 2006
Isn't it ironic the week Ford builds it's last Taurus, Ford also announced it's in big trouble financially. It's a sad day, it doesn't matter who is at fault here, the point is an American industry is dying a slow death and NO One cares. Our politicians are on the sidelines, doing nothing, why should that surprise anyone? They can't even balance their budget, maybe we don't want their help after all. The American consumer could care less about the end result of lost jobs in this country. People are so apathetic, only buying the latest foreign products, regardless of the consequences. American's selfish desires have led to this problem, plain and simple. Loyalty doesn't exist in this society, eventually this will lead to our demise. Those of us who know better, need to support our brothers and sisters. That's what has always made our nation strong, be American, BUY American. It's not too late.
Brian G

Buffalo, NY

#10 Oct 23, 2006
I own a Harley, a Ford truck and a Ford car. I'm trying. But even so, how many foreign parts are in these? It's getting so that you can't buy all American. Sad times only to get worse I'm afraid.
irv j

Washington, DC

#11 Oct 24, 2006
I have owned 3 bulls.The first 2 I bought used with 90k on them.i put another 80-100k on them.They never left me stranded on the road.Always got me somewhere safe if not home.I own an 04 now.It's a sad day at the blue oval.The 500 and the Fusion are unpretty.I dont care what the factory propanga tells you, my bull has more room inside than either of them.If you're 6' or more. you'll be crowded in the drivers seat.Ha! All the so-called extra room must be in headroom mostly.They'll need it after being gassed in to buying them.I'm keeping mine even if I have to rebuild it.
bush

Montmorenci, IN

#12 Oct 24, 2006
irv j wrote:
I have owned 3 bulls.The first 2 I bought used with 90k on them.i put another 80-100k on them.They never left me stranded on the road.Always got me somewhere safe if not home.I own an 04 now.It's a sad day at the blue oval.The 500 and the Fusion are unpretty.I dont care what the factory propanga tells you, my bull has more room inside than either of them.If you're 6' or more. you'll be crowded in the drivers seat.Ha! All the so-called extra room must be in headroom mostly.They'll need it after being gassed in to buying them.I'm keeping mine even if I have to rebuild it.
IM glad its the end,so is the american consumer,buy a toyota,buy somthing that last.
CARMAN

Owasso, OK

#13 Oct 24, 2006
Bush, you don't have a clue. You're anti- american smut is trash. You must be one of the illiterate Americans the Japanese referred to in 1992, they said you couldn't spell and they were right. Trashing American auto workers make you feel big? Stop by the closest Big3 factory and tell them how you feel. They're jobs are on the line, you need to backoff!
Brian G

Buffalo, NY

#14 Oct 24, 2006
Right on Carman, Bush is an ass. Now if we could just get idiots like himself to move out of this country, we'd be heading in the right direction.
Chris

Germany

#15 Oct 25, 2006
Proud owner of a 1988 Taurus Wagon LX with complete options, and 158,000 miles, I am sad seeing this car go. I love the Taurus/Sable and wouldn't drive or work on any other car. For all of you who didn't know, the Taurus has a pretty popular club with all other Taurus owners on it. Check it out, www.taurusclub.com
bush

Montmorenci, IN

#16 Oct 25, 2006
Chris wrote:
Proud owner of a 1988 Taurus Wagon LX with complete options, and 158,000 miles, I am sad seeing this car go. I love the Taurus/Sable and wouldn't drive or work on any other car. For all of you who didn't know, the Taurus has a pretty popular club with all other Taurus owners on it. Check it out, www.taurusclub.com
Good,when its broke,you can set it on blocks in the front lawn & continue to worship it from your years at ford.

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