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Old 12-20-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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One of Alan Mulally's first acts after taking the helm of the Ford Motor Co. was revive the Taurus nameplate, for the large sedan that had been christened the Five Hundred.

Now the makeover is nearly complete, as Ford prepares to launch a redesigned Taurus next spring for the 2010 model year.

We caught a look at the new Taurus on Friday, even as winter was hammering the Detroit area.

The Taurus's new styling makes the sedan look look lower and sleeker, even though it retains Ford's D3 platform. But many of the upgrades engineered for the 2009 Lincoln MKS, which also uses the D3, are expected to trickle down to the new Taurus.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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While I prefer the look of the Mondeo, that's not bad at all. Has some Camry/Accord styling cues. I hope it does well.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:52 PM   #3
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its definitely better than the outgoing one, so ill chalk it up as an improvement.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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While I prefer the look of the Mondeo, that's not bad at all. Has some Camry/Accord styling cues. I hope it does well.

When I saw the tail,First thing that came to mind Accord
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
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looks like a ford fusion to me...
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:43 PM   #6
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looks ugly like most of their offerings. i am not surprised to see something like this. maybe they can use some of the bail out $$ to get a better designer, and i will keep buying foreign.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:37 PM   #7
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Just bring the damn Mondeo...its not that hard:
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:53 PM   #8
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The mondeo is too small to fight in the US market as a volume leader, not to mention too costly. If it did, it would be priced to fight the Acura TSX with which it fights in Europe as the Accord. They should bring over the Mondeo as a Mercury, and place it as premium, but Ford needs the larger, cheaper Taurus.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:54 PM   #9
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Camry vs. 300C
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:39 PM   #10
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The mondeo is too small to fight in the US market as a volume leader, not to mention too costly. If it did, it would be priced to fight the Acura TSX with which it fights in Europe as the Accord. They should bring over the Mondeo as a Mercury, and place it as premium, but Ford needs the larger, cheaper Taurus.
Quite large inside:

2008 Mondeo interior dimensions:
Internal dimensions:
front headroom (inches): 39.2
rear headroom (inches): 38.0
front leg room (inches): 44.3
rear leg room (inches): 37.4
front shoulder room (inches): 57.0
rear shoulder room (inches): 56.4

Ford Mondeo starts at $15,600 pounds = $22,000 USD.

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Old 12-20-2008, 04:40 PM   #11
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Not bad, but like others have said, it definitely brings to mind the Accord sedan and Camry... and therefore, little distinctiveness in terms of styling. The high waistline is interesting, though... gives it that chop-top look, which IMO is a good thing.

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Old 12-20-2008, 04:59 PM   #12
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that ass looks like the ass of the new mustang
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:22 PM   #13
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The Mondeo is insanley cool looking. My Mom used to have a Mystique (Mercury version of the Contour) and for a mid 90's Ford it was a surprisingly good car and was even fairly fun to drive despite being a 4 banger with an automatic transmission. I would love to see Ford wise up and bring the Mondeo over here.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:12 AM   #14
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the windows are so small, visibility must suck.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:36 AM   #15
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Wish it was the Mondeo, my wife parked her X3 next to a 500 and it dwarfed her SUV!
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:45 AM   #16
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they could have just slapped a Chevy badge on it and said it was the Volt and no one would notice it
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:40 AM   #17
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Quite large inside:

2008 Mondeo interior dimensions:
Internal dimensions:
front headroom (inches): 39.2
rear headroom (inches): 38.0
front leg room (inches): 44.3
rear leg room (inches): 37.4
front shoulder room (inches): 57.0
rear shoulder room (inches): 56.4

Ford Mondeo starts at $15,600 pounds = $22,000 USD.
in the US, to the average consumer, a roomy car is a better car. The new Taurus as shown will be a good deal larger than the Mondeo and start at around 19k to fight the rest of the market.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:47 AM   #18
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Mondeo > 2010 Taurus. Sorry the Taurus looks too big, the Mondeo looks to be the right size.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:56 AM   #19
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in the US, to the average consumer, a roomy car is a better car. The new Taurus as shown will be a good deal larger than the Mondeo and start at around 19k to fight the rest of the market.
The Mondeo has more leg room front and back than a 2009 USDM Accord!

Also why would the new taurus start around 19k when the outgoing model starts at $24k?

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Old 12-21-2008, 11:39 AM   #20
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It definetly looks better than the old Taurus; I'm assuming it'll be offered with bigger wheels though; the ones they have on there look downright tiny.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:02 PM   #21
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Looks like another car for us fat ass Americans. Yea.
If I lived abroad I might actually want or even own a Ford. Here its just the "stang", gas-guzzling SUVs, pick-ups and ugly ass sedans. No Escort RS, No Puma, No Mondeo, No Cosworth this or that. We are Ford's largest market and all we get are the ugliest designs they can create.
I can understand the Japanese not giving us all the cool variants of they're cars. But Ford?!? It's an American car company for crying out loud.
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:06 PM   #22
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:04 PM   #23
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The Taurus is Ford's LARGE car, it isn't meant to be a replacement or alternative to the Mondeo... the Mondeo and Fusion are the same size (roughly).

Also to say that the Mondeo is too small for the US market is not accurate at all - it's a mid-sized car, which is at the heart of the family car market. The OLD Mondeo (our Contour) was indeed too small for the US, but the new European one is vastly larger.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:11 PM   #24
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i had a mondeo diesel wagon as a rental before i left germany, it was a really fun car and made me want one. if they sold them here i would consider trading my legacy in for one
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:45 PM   #25
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The Taurus is Ford's LARGE car, it isn't meant to be a replacement or alternative to the Mondeo... the Mondeo and Fusion are the same size (roughly).

Also to say that the Mondeo is too small for the US market is not accurate at all - it's a mid-sized car, which is at the heart of the family car market. The OLD Mondeo (our Contour) was indeed too small for the US, but the new European one is vastly larger.
The Mondeo has more leg room in the front than the current 2009 Taurus...who is to say the new one will be that much bigger...i doubt it.

The Mondeo could easily replace the Taurus and Fusion.
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