Unrelated to the six generations of the American-market Ford Taurus, the seventh-generation was developed by in conjunction with. . The Taurus was developed alongside the '95 and shares more with the new Continental than with its own previous generation. Though Ford aspired to incorporate a sporty feel into the Taurus' ride and handling, the prototype exhibited less-than-expected road isolation, suspension motion control, and cornering grip. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. At the time, 51% of all Taurus sales for 1996 went to rental fleets, in contrast to the and , of which most sales were directly to private customers through. The basic suspension design is little changed from the previous generation: MacPherson struts with lower control arms and an anti-roll bar are in front, and in the rear are Chapman struts with parallel transverse arms, trailing links, and an anti-roll bar.
It seems like everything on the car is ovoid: the grille, the exterior door handles, the panel that houses the interior door handles, the headlights, the driver-side airbag pad, the outside rearview mirrors, the speakers on the A-pillars, the side window defroster nostrils, the rear window, and more. The first Taurus driver to win the Busch Series now championship was , who drove 60 -sponsored cars owned by. Steering is light and precise. Alongside the Ford Blue Oval emblem itself, the Taurus repeated the shape several places in its exterior; in a controversial design element, the rear window of the Taurus was oval, as were the side windows of the Mercury Sable. That 200-horsepower engine is smooth, refined, and potent at higher engine speeds.
The sedan trunk is roomy—wide, deep, and reaching well forward. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Taurus: The Making of the Car That Saved Ford. Both models corner with good grip and commendable composure. To some eyes, it appears stylists carried the elliptical theme a bit far, but the form does have a functional benefit: The drag coefficient is reduced to 0.
We found the wagon's fabric-covered seats much more comfortable and supportive than the leather-covered sedan seats, partially because a vertical seam in the leather seats chaffed riders' backs. The Ford Taurus was the first Ford model resulting from this statistical approach to manufacture. Following market demand, the new Taurus was available solely with V6 engines and an automatic transmissions. This emphasis on quality was used heavily in marketing of the Ford Taurus. Wind and road noise have been reduced compared to previous Tauruses. The wagon's second row of seats isn't particularly inviting, as a low seat cushion combines with the rather wide C-pillar to encourage the onset of claustrophobia.
A version of the 2. Taurus Car Club of America. The interior saw a complete redesign. Taurus Car Club of America, Inc. The second generation sold just as well as the first, becoming the best-selling car in the , a title it would retain for as long as this generation was sold. Updates to the Instrument dials were added, which were fully digital, clearer, and more colorful.
The third-generation Taurus had a presence in , replacing the for the 1998 season. Focus on the rear third of the car and it could be mistaken for an J30. Still, we didn't notice a lot of heads turning as we toured a ritzy area just north of San Diego on our short tour in the car, but then it's a neighborhood with more Lexuses than Lincolns. Sales leader of its automobile lineup and the best-selling passenger car in the country since 1992, the Taurus was dramatically-some contend controversially-restyled inside and out. And watch out: The wagon's liftgate doesn't rise high enough to clear errant heads. Criticism continues regarding the comfort of the leather-wrapped front buckets and the unusual stereo and climate-control layout.
Archived from on August 18, 2009. Introduced in late 1985 for the 1986 model year, six generations were produced over 34 years; a brief hiatus was undertaken through 2006 to 2007. The interior was also completely redesigned for 1992. From its 1985 launch to its initial withdrawal following the 2007 model year, Ford assembled 7,519,919 examples of the Taurus. Rear passengers, on the other hand, lose as much as they gain: While minimum legroom is up 1.
The dashboard was given a squarer design instead of curving around the driver as in the previous generation. In terms of size, the 1992 Taurus gained several inches in length and over 200 pounds in curb weight. The release of the Ford Taurus was one of the most anticipated ever, mostly because it was a first in car design and also the start of new quality standards for Ford. However, its peak torque-200 pound-feet-is not only 15 pound-feet lower than the 3. Ride quality has improved somewhat, but the suspension does not absorb bumps well and feels too stiff on rough roads. Perhaps a drive through San Antonio, Sandusky, Shawnee, or Sarasota would scare up more rubberneckers. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557442551247 ; listingsSearchManager.