Ford D186 platform
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|Ford D186 platform|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Also called||Ford DN101 platform|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
|Predecessor||Ford Fox platform (Long wheelbase)|
|Successor||D3 and CD3 (Cars)
Ford V platform (Minivans)
The Ford D186 platform is a automobile platform produced by Ford Motor Company from 1986 to 2007. Replacing the majority of the models based upon the rear-wheel drive Fox platform, it marked the adoption of front-wheel drive for Ford and Mercury mid-size cars. In 1988, it became the basis of an all-new Lincoln Continental, introducing front-wheel drive to the Lincoln division.
In 1995, the platform was expanded further as Ford introduced its first front-wheel drive minivan, the Windstar.
For the 1999 model year, the Windstar was given a dedicated platform separate from that of the Taurus/Sable; after an unsuccessful rebranding as the Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey, it was discontinued in 2007.
After the 2002 model year, Lincoln discontinued the Continental.
As part of a model shift from 2005-2007, the D186 platform was phased out as the Taurus/Sable were replaced by the smaller Mazda-based Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan as well as the larger Volvo-derived Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego. The Sable was discontinued in 2005 while the Taurus ended production in 2007; both nameplates would replace the Five Hundred/Montego in 2008.
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