New Ford Taurus Aimes to Improve Ford’s Image from 2010
DETROIT, Jan.11, 2009 â€“ The Ford Taurus â€“ the car that changed Americaâ€™s view of full-size sedans â€“ is all-new for 2010 and ready to take on the worldâ€™s best, with an upscale new design, impeccable driving dynamics, class-leading technologies and an unbeatable price tag.
â€œThe new Taurus sets the pace for Fordâ€™s growing new car launch momentum,â€ said Mark Fields, president of the Americas. â€œThis sedan completely redefines expectations of what Taurus stands for â€“ and helps further define what Ford is capable of delivering â€“ quality, fuel-efficient vehicles featuring the latest technologies, wrapped in bold, sporty and expressive designs.â€
The new Taurus benefits from Fordâ€™s Global Product Development System, which made it possible to deliver an all-new sedan 12 months sooner â€“ with more new features than customers and dealers dreamed possible.
â€œTaurus is our premium Ford flagship, and it casts a halo across the entire brand portfolio,â€ said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for global product development. â€œBuilding on its reputation for safety leadership, we leveraged extensive use of computer-aided design and engineering technologies as well as digital pre-assembly modeling to deliver a high-quality, new Taurus a year ahead of schedule.â€
â€œLightning can strike twice,â€ said Peter Horbury, executive director of Design for The Americas. â€œLike the 1986 original, the new 2010 Taurus differentiates by combining style with substance.â€
The shift starts with the vision for Taurus itself. It debuted as a family sedan, but with the advent of crossovers, the new Taurus is aimed more at drivers who might move friends and family but place more of a premium on the driving experience and technologies aimed at making time on the road more meaningful and fun.
â€œTaurus is more of a â€˜meâ€™ sedan now, and weâ€™ve delivered with this buyer in mind,â€ said Moray Callum, director of Fordâ€™s Car and Crossover Design.
Exterior design details are more sculpted and powerful â€“ from the powerdome that speaks to the strength behind its confident grille to the pronounced fenders and fascia. Bold new headlights combined with recessed parking lamps frame a new expression of the signature Ford three-bar grille â€“ and the lowered roofline helps make the new Taurus more aspirational.
New wheels, from 17- to 20-inches in diameter, fill the sculpted wheel wells and lend Taurus a muscular and athletic stance. The raised shoulder lines of the new Taurus provide a confident profile and enable generous truck capacity.
The exterior color palette for the 2010 Taurus includes new hues, selected to harmonize with interior appointments and offer customers a broader range of color combinations. New colors include Candy Red Metallic Tint, White Platinum Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Gold Leaf Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic.
Inside, a forward-leaning center stack â€“ home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen â€“ flows in a continuous unbroken form through the instrument panel and down into the center console. The smart design allows for the interior to be formed with unbroken lines to impart seamless quality and craftsmanship.
The door panels employ an innovative urethane tooling process providing unique texture and identity to surfaces, with visible stitching and a hand crafted appeal. This same process allows for door panel two-toning, enabling model series differentiation.
Taurus precision craftsmanship is reflected in the quality of materials used in the interior, and in the exterior margins comparable to costly German luxury sedans.