Ford Taurus (sixth generation)

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Ford Taurus (sixth generation)
2010 Ford Taurus Limited 1 -- 10-31-2009.jpg
2010 Ford Taurus Limited
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Police Interceptor Sedan
Production June 15, 2009 – present[1]
Assembly Chicago, Illinois, U.S. (Chicago Assembly)
Designer Earl Lucas (2007)
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford D3 platform
Related Lincoln MKS
Ford Taurus SHO
Ford Explorer
Lincoln MKT
Ford Flex
Volvo XC90
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L Cyclone V6 263hp (2009–2011)
3.5 L Cyclone V6 288 hp (2012–present)
3.5 L EcoBoost V6 365 hp (2009–present)
2.0 L EcoBoost I4 240 hp (2012–present)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 112.9 in (2,868 mm)
Length 202.9 in (5,154 mm)
Width 76.2 in (1,935 mm)
Height 60.7 in (1,542 mm)
Curb weight 4,015 lb (1,821 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Taurus (fifth generation)
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

The sixth-generation Ford Taurus is a full-size car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since June 2009.[1] The second generation of the Taurus produced as a full-size car, it marked the return of the SHO model after an eleven-year hiatus. While not a direct replacement for the Ford Crown Victoria (or Mercury Grand Marquis), the Taurus is the largest Ford sedan currently sold worldwide[2] and competes in the same price range as the preceding vehicles.

This generation of the Taurus forms the basis for the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan. The replacement for the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, it is a sedan modified for police use (it is not badged as a Taurus).

The Taurus, Taurus SHO, and Police Interceptor Sedan are built in Chicago, Illinois.

Development and marketing[edit]

In late 2006, Ford Motor Company named Boeing CEO Alan Mulally to replace William Clay Ford, Jr. as its own chief executive. One of his first decisions was to abandon the unpopular "F" model naming scheme for Ford-division cars. A critic of the discontinuation of the Taurus, Mullaly designated the 2008 mid-cycle refresh of the Ford Five Hundred to be released as a re-introduced Taurus. While the redesign itself addressed several deficiencies of the Five Hundred, particularly the powertrain, it was still criticized for its handling and bland styling,[3] with one reviewer describing it as a "SUV shaped like a sedan".[4]

In January 2008, revealing that the fifth-generation Taurus was to be replaced around the 2010 model year, Alan Mulally stated that the upcoming model was "the one we should have built originally".[5] In April 2008, a leaked photo of a 1:1 scale design mock-up purported to be the 2010 Ford Taurus circulated on the Internet from message boards.[6] Ford contemplated legal action against web sites which posted the photo and Ford attorneys asked site owners to remove the photo.[7]

Ford's USA website showed videos comparing the 2010 Ford Taurus to 2009 model year luxury sedans, including the flagships of several Japanese marques. One test showed that the Taurus' paint coat was more resistant to gravel chips than a Lexus LS460; another noted that the Taurus had a blind-spot detection sensor system that the Infiniti M45x lacked; the third showed the Taurus SHO outpacing the Audi A6 4.2 FSI quattro V8 in straight-line acceleration; the last comparison said that Taurus' cabin was quieter than an Acura RL.[8]

Sales for the sixth generation Taurus are projected to be around 50,000 to 75,000 annually, as Ford planned a lower volume to avoid steep discounts/incentives. Previous iterations of the Taurus, which were classified as midsize cars, had sold 400,000 vehicles per year at their peak in the 1990s.[9]

Release[edit]

The 2010 Ford Taurus was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall.[10] In May 2009, the new Taurus debuted at three dealers in the Buffalo, Tampa, and Houston, respectively, to be put on display and to build anticipation for the release. The first dealer, West Herr Ford in Hamburg, New York, was chosen due to the successful unveiling of the redesigned Ford F-150 earlier that year.[11]

The 2009 Taurus's counterparts, the Ford Taurus X and the Mercury Sable, ceased production in spring 2009 at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The sixth-generation Taurus' production started on June 15, 2009 for the 2010 model year.[1] Unlike previous generations of the Taurus, the sixth-generation Taurus does not have a Sable counterpart from Mercury, as that marque was slowly phased out by 2011.

Reception[edit]

The Ford scored well in test drives, and the media was pleased with some of the new features available in the 2010 Ford Taurus.[12] Some of these features include all wheel drive, cross traffic alert, collision warning, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.[13] The Taurus shares the powertrain and many available technological options of the Lincoln MKS, which is built on the same platform and mechanical underpinnings, while having a starting MSRP of $10000 USD less than the MKS.[14]

While its predecessor was criticized for dull styling, the new Taurus was described as "big and muscular" to draw attention, albeit "a love-it-or-hate-it affair".[15] Motor Trend stated that "its broad stance, high sill line, slit headlamps, and technical grille give it a leopard look" which was considered handsome.[16]

However, despite being praised for its exterior appearance, it was still criticized for its lack of interior room and reduced sight-lines despite its full-sized exterior dimensions,[16] compared to the previous-generation Five Hundred/Taurus which was praised for its vast interior and greenhouse visibility; one reviewer remarked that while the "old Taurus' interior was cavernous; the new one just feels like a cavern".[13][15][17] Edmunds noted that the eighth-generation Honda Accord (which competes in the mid-size category) had superior driving dynamics and a more efficient design that yielded almost as much interior space as the larger Taurus. Car and Driver described the Taurus as overweight and underpowered, with unresponsive braking and steering, while Motor Trend criticized a few aspects of the interior as evident cost-cutting.[18][19][20]

Design and features[edit]

2010 Ford Taurus Interior

The design of the sixth-generation Ford Taurus was led by Chief Designer Earl Lucas. Many of the Taurus' design elements were influenced by the music that the design team listened to. According to Earl Lucas, "When you've got good music, it's amazing how many shapes come out".[21] The sixth-generation Taurus also features a three-bar grille and rear end design similar to the Ford Interceptor concept.

The new Taurus also features Ford Sync, push-button start, heated front and rear seats, crash avoidance system, and a lane-changing blind spot warning system. Also new for the Taurus is Ford's new Multi-Contour Seats, which feature air cushions that pad the driver and passenger’s entire back, including three for lumbar support, four for lateral support and four for the seat pad. The bottom cushion features Active Motion technology, which provides a subtle continuous massage, designed to lessen back pain on long trips.[22] The 2010 Taurus was the first vehicle to use the Multi-Contour Seats.

Variants and trim levels[edit]

The sixth generation Ford Taurus was sold in three trim levels, SE, SEL, and Limited.[23]

The base SE model, designed for rental and fleet use, came stock with a 3.5 L 24-valve DOHC Duratec V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player, clock, MP3 capability, and six speakers, Ford's MyKey system, and AdvanceTrac electronic stability control.[23][24]

The mid-range SEL trim level had the same engine, with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring paddle activation, dual-zone electronic automatic termperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Sirius satellite radio, and a perimeter anti-theft alarm.

The top-of-the-line Limited model featured perforated leather-trim bucket seats, ambient lighting with choices of seven different colors, SYNC voice-activated communication and entertainment system, a premium AM/FM radio with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, chrome-accenting, heated mirrors with memory and security approach lamps, a reverse sensing system and rear view camera.

Taurus SHO[edit]

Main article: Ford Taurus SHO

The 2010 Taurus SHO was unveiled at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.[25] It went on sale in summer 2009, with a base MSRP of $37,995 (including destination fees).

The SHO includes a 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine rated at 272 kW (370 PS; 365 hp) at 5500 rpm and 475 N·m (350 lb·ft) of torque at 3500 rpm, a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission with control paddles mounted on the steering wheel, torque sensing all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension and steering, 19" alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle tires (Michelin high-performance tires on the optional 20" wheels), a decklid-mounted spoiler, twin chrome exhaust tips, and SHO-specific parking lamp bezels.

The SHO Performance Package includes upgraded brake pads, recalibrated electronic power-assisted steering for improved responsiveness, a "Sport Mode" setting for the Electronic Stability Control, a shorter 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio for faster acceleration, and summer-compound 20" Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires with premium painted wheels.0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time is rated at 5.2 seconds.

Police Interceptor Sedan[edit]

When the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) ended production in late 2011, a variant of the sixth-generation Taurus was offered to police forces in early 2012 as a 2013 model. Ford is referring to the new police car simply as the "Police Interceptor Sedan", rather than a Taurus. The standard engine is taken from the Ford Mustang and not available on the civilian Ford Taurus. It is s 3.72 L (227 cu. in.) aluminum block V6 engine weighed 40 lb (18 kg) less than the previous version. With 24 valves and Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (TiVCT), it produced 305 hp (227 kW; 309 PS) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque. The 3.7 L engine came with a new dual exhaust; gasoline mileage increased to 19 city/31 highway mpg. The ECOBOOST model of the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan features the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 from the SHO producing 365 hp (272 kW; 370 PS).[26] The Cyclone V6 and EcoBoost versions feature all-wheel drive, like the SHO. The Police Interceptor includes much of Ford's latest safety technology, such as Blind Spot Information System, rear view camera, reverse sensing system, and electronic stability control.[27] Ford states the Police Interceptor Sedan will match the safety record of the CVPI, and have desirable CVPI features unavailable on the Taurus like a column-shifted automatic added back in.[28] In 2014 Ford offered the 4-cylinder engine from its civilian counterpart in the Police Interceptor Sedan as part of a Special Service trim designed for detective and administration uses.[29]

Safety[edit]

2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test ratings:[30]

  • Frontal driver: 5/5 stars
  • Frontal passenger: 5/5 stars
  • Front side: 5/5 stars
  • Rear side: 4/5 stars
  • Rollover: 4/5 stars

Facelift (2013–)[edit]

2013 Ford Taurus facelift

The 2013 refresh of the Taurus was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show and bears cosmetic changes, new engines, and new technology. The most obvious change is the new front fascia incorporating sharper angles and restyled headlights.

Changes to the rear of the car were minor with the only noticeable change being new taillights and dual exhaust tips (only the SHO has true dual exhaust while the other trim levels use a single exhaust that splits under the car). While the interior remains largely unchanged, the Taurus now incorporates a heated steering wheel, an interactive gauge cluster, and the MyFord Touch system, which includes a new head unit with 8" touch screen. Other features new to the 2013 Taurus include an all new Sony sound system featuring HD Radio and iTunes Tagging, Multicontour seats with Active Motion (massage), push-button start, auto high beams, and a rear view camera.

The standard engine on the updated Taurus is the 3.5 Duratec V6, which produces 288 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque while achieving 19 city/29 highway mpg in FWD configuration. A newly-available turbocharged 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder generates 240 hp (179 kW; 243 PS) and 270 lb·ft (366 N·m) of torque and achieves 22 city/32 highway mpg. SHO models receive a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, manufacturing 365 hp (272 kW; 370 PS) of power and 350 lb·ft (475 N·m) of torque and paired with a six-speed high capacity 6F55 SelectShift Automatic.[31]

The 2013 Taurus SHO's European rivals are the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design, the BMW 550i (F10), the Mercedes E550 (W213), and the Porsche Panamera 4S.

The 2013 Taurus became available at dealerships starting in March 2012 and arrived as the first Taurus in the Middle East for the 2013 model year to replace the Ford Crown Victoria which had ended production at the very end of its 2012 model year.

There are no major changes for the 2014 Ford Taurus, save for new wheel designs and minor tweaks to standard and optional equipment.[32] A lane-keeping assist feature has been added to the Driver Assist package.[32]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Title: Big Ford Taurus Powers Way To Top:
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  4. ^ Riches, Erin (July 20, 2009). "A Product of Their Times". Edmunds Inside Line. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ Spector, Mike (January 23, 2008). "Ford CEO Alan Mulally Calls Fed Rate Cut a "Positive"". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20014-08-10.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  8. ^ Ford Vehicles: 2010 Taurus
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  10. ^ "2010 Ford Taurus: A Flagship Returns". Jalopnik. January 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  11. ^ Hayden, Brian (May 27, 2009). "New Taurus sedan debuts at West-Herr in Hamburg". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2009-07-06. [dead link]
  12. ^ 2010 Ford Taurus First Drive
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  17. ^ Ulrich, Lawrence (December 27, 2009). "A Holiday From Wishful Thinking". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
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  21. ^ Whitall, Susan (June 6, 2009). "Sharing cool music and creative ideas is what keeps Ford designers fueled". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  22. ^ http://www.scribd.com/doc/15625987/MultiContour-Seats-Fact-Sheet
  23. ^ a b http://www.ford.com/services/assets/Brochure?make=Ford&model=Taurus&year=2010&postalCode=
  24. ^ http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0908_2010_ford_taurus_first_test/viewall.html
  25. ^ "Chicago 2009: SHO Starter - Ford Taurus SHO kicks off Chicago". Autoblog. February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  26. ^ http://www.ford.com/fordpoliceinterceptor/features/#/performance/performance_01/
  27. ^ http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=32207
  28. ^ Woodyard, Chris (March 15, 2010). "Automakers' competition fierce for law-enforcement fleets". USA Today. 
  29. ^ http://lowersouthampton.patch.com/articles/police-look-for-crown-victoria-replacement
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