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Old 01-11-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default 2010 Ford Taurus at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

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Good job, Ford. Now don't ruin it by making an under-performing SHO.

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* Competes with: Chrysler 300, Pontiac G8, Buick LaCrosse
* Looks like: Ford has dropped its three-blade grille, but still has a bold-looking sedan
* Drivetrain: 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
* Hits dealerships: Summer 2009
* Base MSRP: $25,170

This big, bold sedan is the new Ford Taurus. In the past 20 years, the most successful passenger car Ford has ever produced was the original Taurus. Since then, its trucks and SUVs have been hits, but no single car has risen to the heights of the Taurus. Two years ago, Ford brought the name back on an existing car and tried to relight the fire.

Now, the company has significantly redesigned the Taurus — which rides on a platform that’s nearly identical to the recently released Lincoln MKS’ — offering more content at the exact same price as the outgoing 2009 model. Yes, Ford has announced a price: The 2010 Taurus will be $25,170, not including an $825 destination charge.

What do you get for that price? A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, with manual shift paddles available on the uplevel SEL and Limited trim levels. Also standard are 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-, 19- and 20-inchers are also available. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The suspension is all-new as well, but, like the MKS and previous Taurus, the car will likely feel like it rides high off the ground -- an attribute buyers enjoy. Ford also promises improved fuel efficiency versus the outgoing Taurus’ 18/28 mpg city/highway.

There’s also a host of available technology and other options, including adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system, push-button start, keypad keyless entry, MyKey — which restricts certain types of driving for parents or fleets — Cross Traffic Alert, Sync, voice-activated navigation, and Active Motion seats. What the heck is that? Basically, the optional seats send minute stimulation to an occupant’s legs and back to help avoid fatigue and back pain.

This is a lot of car here. We don’t have specs on the interior dimensions, but we assume they’ll be similar to the comfortable MKS — which starts at $38,490. The top-of-the-line 2009 Taurus starts at $32,520 with all-wheel drive. Once we get the full list of standard features for the Taurus, we’ll be interested to see how they stack up. For now, check out the photos below.




















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BTW, we are full-swing in our Detroit coverage on the blog (which is why I'm working today) so be sure to check all the auto news sites for the latest cars. The show is actually booming and automakers are releasing all sorts of new cars and info. Much more than we expected. Likely because with the way the industry tanked this year, everyone has something to prove.
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Some live pics from Autoblog

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The front end looks really tough. The whole car looks much better then what I thought it would from the camo'd spy shots. And I love those gauges too.

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it has a weird subaru front end to it. But i like it. Ford should have started bringing the european styling and thier cars here a long time ago. Maybe we wouldn't be in this mess
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They are planning a performance model after the initial car has been released. Ford has been calling all their new performance models "EcoBoost". I hope to god someone changes that. But I have heard direct injection, turbo-charging, and 350 HP.

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On a side note, modifying direct injected engines are a real bitch. With regards to the Mazdaspeed engines, they have hit a real ceiling due to the direct injection and the fuel systems. You can get an upgraded pump now, but the fuel lines feeding the rails are needing to be modified and that is messing up the computer on deciding how much fuel pressure to push into the rail. I know they will get it figured out, it's just been a pain. I am done venting!
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The new EcoBoost line of engines are all going to be turbo and direct injected. This is fords future. They plan on putting the motors into everything and even putting it inot the new Mustang as the GT engine option. The turbo and DI motors like in your MS6 and like the new CobaltSS are basically going to be the future for everyone because of the new CAFE regulations on fuel economy.
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The ecoboost is supposed to be a replacement for V-8 power. The V-6 has power and torque of a V-8 with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. When they come out with the four-cylinder ecoboost, it's supposed to offer V-6 power with four-cylinder fuel efficiency.

Ford has already said the V-6 with 350 hp and 350 torque will be in the MKS, F-150, Taurus and MKT.

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