Ford D186 platform

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Ford D186 platform
Ford D186.jpg
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford DN101 platform
Production 1986-2007
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size (D)
Layout FF transverse
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
3-door minivan
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.