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2010 Ford Taurus

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Ford unveiled the new 2010 Taurus today at the Detroit Auto Show. sales will begin in the summer, and prices will start at $25,995 – the same price as 2009 models.

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The 2010 Taurus comes with a more sculpted and powerful design, with new headlights combined with recessed parking lamps frame a new expression of the signature Ford three-bar grille and a new lowered roofline. It gets new exterior colors: Candy Red Metallic Tint, White Platinum Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Gold Leaf Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic and new 17- to 20-inches wheels.

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Inside, a forward-leaning center stack – home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen – 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 2010 Taurus comes standard with Ford’s proven Duratec 3.5-liter V-6, generating 263 hp and 249 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Grade-Assist hill-holding rollback prevention feature, paired with an economical 2.77 final drive ratio.

Model Series Code Base vehicle price MSRP
SE P2D SE – Front Wheel Drive $25,170
SEL P2E SEL – Front Wheel Drive $27,170
Limited P2F Limited – Front Wheel Drive $31,170
SEL P2H SEL – All Wheel Drive $29,020
Limited P2J Limited – All Wheel Drive $33,020
SHO P2K SHO – All Wheel Drive $37,170

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Five Cars That Will Be Axed Soon

Five Cars That Will Be Axed Soon

SUVs are devouring everything

In the changing circumstances of the car market, car manufacturers have to reimagine their business models and discontinue a number of cars we became so accustomed to. Last year, Hyundai axed the Azera, Nissan stopped producing the Quest, and even the Dodge Viper met its end. This year and the next year, another five cars are bound to be discontinued. We may search for reasons for ages, but the simple fact of the matter is that these cars don’t sell well enough for car companies to keep them in production.

In an effort to shift focus from sedans and hatchbacks to SUVs, companies are forced to reinvent their lineups. In the world of today, this means that they have to pull some radical moves. Here are five cars that are on their way out.

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As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup

As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup

This isn’t the first time when reports of sedans being discontinued have erupted

It looks like sedans are slowly getting extinct. We have seen the Volvo S80 and the Mitsubishi Lancer being discontinued in 2017, and next in line are sedans from Chevrolet and Ford. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Ford and GM will drop a number of sedans as crossovers have become the priority choice of consumers. Which cars are these? Read on to know.

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Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic

Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic

The evolving auto industry means that more old-school models have become expendable

Ford and General Motors are doing a little house cleaning, and a few models from each brand are expected to get discarded in the near future. On the chopping block on Ford’s end are the Taurus and the Fiesta. They’re expected to be joined by the Chevrolet Sonic after a Wall Street Journal report revealed that all three models are now on borrowed time in the U.S.

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Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Just so there can be more SUVs

Just a week ago Ford Announced that it would be cutting a number of its products in order to recover from its falling profit Margins. What products will be cut remains to be seen, however, we’ll get full disclosure about the product cuts later this year. While nothing is certain, models like the Ford Taurus, C-Max, and even the Lincoln MKZ are all suspect with low sales numbers and falling interest. Of course, Ford is on a mission to cut out $14 billion in costs, and the SUV craze is going strong, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There’s a lot more to it, though, so keep reading to find out more.

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The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

How American can a vehicle be?

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls are just a way of life these days.

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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Ford's Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Ford’s Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Police vehicles have to serve a number of purposes. They need to have enough space to facilitate transporting suspects and all of the gear officers use on a daily basis. They also need to be safe to protect suspects and officers, if an unfortunate accident happens. Just as important, however, is how well they can perform when an officer has to put his foot down and engage in pursuit of a suspect. For reasons like this, Police departments routinely test and compare their different police cruisers against each other.

Recently, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police took the time to do just that. What sounds like a routine police department exercise, actually looks more like a fun day at the track for some of the officers. They have tested 0 to 60 mph times, 0 to 100 mph times, vehicle to speed, and even braking times. It is interesting to see how police cruisers stacked up against one another, and we have the results, but the real question is: How do they compare against other cars on the road?

Some of the police cruisers tested include the Chevy Caprice Interceptor, and the Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan and Utility Interceptors. The L.A.S.D. and the M.S.P. didn’t provide results outside of how the police cruisers performed amongst one another, but here at Topspeed, we’ve taken the time to compare them to some higher-end cars from the same manufacturers. So, now that the results are in, let’s take a look.

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5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

The term "sleeper car" goes back to the 1950s, when American manufacturers started building high output cars that would eventually spawn into muscle cars a decade later. Tracking the first sleeper is a daunting task, but most stories lead to the 1955 Chrysler C-300, a two-door, luxury coupe motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 300 horsepower. It was the first production passenger car to come with 300 ponies on tap and a design that had nothing to say about that. The "all go and no show" car was born, a trend that would continue with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, the Lotus Carlton or the Audi RS2 Avant.

Sleepers are still among us in 2014. Looking for a very fast car that doesn’t scream "I’m fast as a bullet!"? There are plenty of options to choose from that cover various segments. Sedans, wagons, SUVs, you name it. Be careful though, you might miss them due to their bland styling. Make sure you have a look under the hood and check that spec sheet.

Meanwhile, I put together a list of Top 5 Sleeper Cars available today. It includes a few American-built vehicles, and a couple more coming from cold, snowy Sweden and rugby-loving Australia. Check them out past the jump and tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Did I miss anything? Is there a vehicle that shouldn’t be on this list?

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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2014 Ford Taurus SHO

2014 Ford Taurus SHO

The 2014 Ford Taurus SHO only brings minor updates to the speedy sedan’s active safety technology, and a new setup for the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The SHO still wears its standard 19-inch wheels and exclusive exterior styling with pride: happy to explode from any stoplight with the full force of its twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

A near-equal 55:45 front-to-rear default split for the SHO’s standard all-wheel-drive traction really performs miracles on this large and tall sedan’s handling attitude and eagerness. The SHO looks like, feels like, and drives like the best Taurus out there for a reason: it is.

The SHO still brings hundreds of unique touches to its performance credentials, interior luxury and tech sophistication versus the base models.

No one likes a stripped-out car. Years of driving is no fun when forced to stare at all the blanked-off switch holes, and driving a modern Ford without the Touch controls and other tweaks can lessen satisfaction over time. If missing a decent radio, what other extra tech or performance was left on the table?

Luckily, the SHO acronym might as well mean "everything," because that is what this roomy and wide hot rod brings as standard. No more regrets, other than the updated Performance Pack or the adaptive cruise control that are on the options list.

A two-fer of new arrivals from Chevy is set to bring some pressure to the SHO nearing the end of this model cycle: the new front-drive 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the rear-drive 2014 Chevy SS sedan.

With pricing that is a bit steep for the handling or sprint pace, is the 2014 Taurus SHO still the hero car that Ford needs at the top of its sedan range?

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2014 Ford Taurus

2014 Ford Taurus

Ford unveiled the Taurus nomenclature for the first time in 1985 and kept the model into production for almost two decades, making the sedan the second oldest nameplate it offered on the North American market. Because of dwindling sales, Ford pulled the Taurus from its retail showrooms in the 2007 model year, leaving it just as a fleet vehicle. In the 2008 model year, the Taurus returned as the re-badged and restyled Ford Five Hundred.

However, Ford understood that bringing back the name won’t help much if its neglected the model as much as it did just before its initial demise. Having learned from its mistakes, Ford unveiled the sixth-generation Taurus with an all-new look that was revolutionary for the era.

This new generation brought a completely new look, completely transforming the face of the Taurus and, of course, customers’ opinions about it. In 2013 Taurus received a facelift that made it even more attractive and kept it looking relatively fresh.

For the 2014 model year, Taurus is offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL and Limited — with prices starting from $27,495.

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO by Hennessey

2013 Ford Taurus SHO by Hennessey

The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO is a sneaky-powerful car. It doesn’t carry much publicity as one because it’s overshadowed the Mustang. But as far as power, the Taurus SHO packs quite a punch.

Recently, U.S. tuner Hennessey took possession of a Ford Taurus SHO and at the behest of its owner, proceeded to give it a performance program that’s worthy of applause.

Thanks to the installation of a stainless-steel cat-back exhaust system and a dual cold-air induction system to go with an ECU remap, Hennessey was able to increase the high-powered sedan’s output to a stout 445 horsepower. With that improvement, the Taurus SHO is now capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, and sprint the quarter-mile in only 12.8 seconds at 109 mph. No details were given on the top speed but we won’t be surprised the least bit if this Taurus SHO can peak at around 160 mph.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if the modifications ended there, they don’t. That’s because Hennessey also gifted the Taurus SHO with a serialized dash, engine plaques, "445 Boost" and "Hennessey" badges, and embroidered headrests.

Hennessey didn’t say how much the program cost, but it did say that the kit comes with a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty.

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO by CGS Motorsports

2013 Ford Taurus SHO by CGS Motorsports

It looks as though the new Ford Taurus SHO will also be part of Ford’s line-up for the upcoming 2012 SEMA Show. The first tuning package that has been announced is by CGS Motorsports and shows off a wrapped Taurus SHO, leaving it dressed to impress for a black-tie affair.

The SHO is geared with CGS Performance Products and all the finest aftermarket components making it worthy to roll out on the red carpet. While no official details have been provided just yet, the first image reveals a carbon fiber engine bonnet, hood, and rear spoiler. The concept is painted in a very cool white combined with different black elements and sits on a new set of wheels combined with new brake calipers.

Under the hood, CGS opted for the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine combined with a six-speed selectShift automatic transmission, but at this point, we can not tell for sure if we will see any power upgrades.

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Rumormill: Robocop Will Whip Around the Same Model He Did 25 Years Ago

Rumormill: Robocop Will Whip Around the Same Model He Did 25 Years Ago

For those old enough to have witnessed the glory that was "Robocop" in theaters, you not only got to see an ultra-modern, crime-fighting machine, but you also got to see one of the most modern American cars of the era. That’s right, back in 1986, the Ford Taurus with its rounded body and fuel-injected V-6 was actually one of the most modern-looking and driving cars manufactured in the U.S. Sure, it fell by the wayside as the years went on, but nearly everyone that was around and not busy watching "Alf" or "Back to The Future" I through III still recalls the fanfare that the first-gen Taurus received.

There was so much fanfare that it managed to weasel its way into a supporting role as Alex J. Murphy’s car of choice. Well, the Taurus is once again one of the more modern American cars of its time, particularly the SHO model, and there is now a remake of "Robocop" in production. So we now have the perfect setup for a reunion of the two, and that looks to be what is going on, thanks to the savvy camera work of one person.

Above we have a late-model Taurus or what looks to be the SHO variety caught out in the open wearing obvious Robocop-esque duds. Could it possibly be that the "Robocop" of 2013 or 2014 will whip the same model its predecessor did in 1987? It looks mighty possible to us.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available about this new "Robocop" car.

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2012 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

2012 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

Ford has announced today the addition of a third engine to its Interceptor line-up. The company’s famous Taurus-based interceptor can now be ordered with a new 3.7 liter V6 engine, next to the standard 3.5-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost.

The new 3.7 liter V6 engine delivers a total of 305 HP and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, but also delivers increased fuel economy: 25 mpg on the highway, 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg combined.

Next to the new engine the Police Interceptor also received new brakes increased in both size and performance. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

On the interior, the front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts

"This combination of great performance and top-notch fuel economy means law enforcement agencies won’t have to compromise power or fuel efficiency while getting the job done," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.

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Ford’s Killing it with the EcoBoost Engine

There are very few things in this world that include the word “Eco” in its name and still remain fun. Ford somehow managed to find a way to have its cake and eat it too – what a weird saying – with the EcoBoost engines. Not only are they more economical than the engines they replaced, but they, for the most part, are drastically more powerful.

For example, let’s look at the F-150. In 2011, Ford dropped the 5.4-liter V-8 and 4.6-liter V-8 from the F-150’s options list and replaced them with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine. The 2011 EcoBoost engine pumped out 55 more horsepower than the 2010 5.4-liter and 73 to 117 horsepower more than the 4.6-liter V-8. Add in the fact that the 6-pot boosted engine also got 2 mpg city and 2 mpg highway better than the 5.4-liter, and 1 mpg and 2 mpg better than the 4.6-liter V-8, and you have a winner.

Well, this all added up to some impressive sales, even more impressive that Ford could have imagined. According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford anticipates selling about 1.6 million EcoBoost engines in 2013, according to its current pace, which is 100,000 more units that its initial target was. Ford is seemingly always adding a new EcoBoost engine, with the 2.0-liter and 1.0-liter variant coming out this year and a 2.3-liter variant looking like a sure thing for 2015, so we see this number going nowhere but up in the coming years.

Ford definitely bet the farm on the EcoBoost engine in the F-150 to start with and much like it did in 1996 when it drastically restyled the F-150, it won back the farm and took the neighbor’s farm along with it. Our hats have to go off to Ford and its ability to think outside of the box and constantly give the customer what he wants. It’s no wonder Ford was one of the few Detroit automakers to survive without a government bailout.

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2013 Taurus SHO: Engineers Riding With NASCAR Driver Carl Edwards

2013 Taurus SHO: Engineers Riding With NASCAR Driver Carl Edwards

Just because they designed it doesn’t necessarily mean they can handle it. This is what engineers found out during Ford’s “Rocket Science” series of short videos, which Ford began releasing on April 2nd.

Ford tortured nine of its top engineers by strapping them into a 2013 Taurus SHO with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards for what they thought would be a typical test drive. Unfortunately for these engineers, it was anything but typical, as Edwards decided to push this high-performance sedan about as far as it would go.

You can definitely see the fear in some of the engineers’ eyes, as they attempt to talk about the features of this new Taurus while drifting sideways and eclipsing 100 mph. Some of them manage to remain calm, but others you can just see wondering if they’re going to make it back to the office.

By far the best two videos so far are the first and the third ones, as both of those engineers get legitimately scared. The other two are well worth watching too, as those two engineers just keep on talking like they were on a leisurely Sunday drive with grandma, for the majority of the ride.

We have to admit, the Taurus has definitely come a long way since its debut and is now a legitimate performance machine. Now, if only we could get our hands on one and a little track time, we think we could scare the engineers a little more than Carl did.

So far we only have four of the nine episodes to show, but we will continue adding more episodes as Ford posts them. Certainly Ford is planning to save the best ones for last.

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2013 Ford Taurus

2013 Ford Taurus

Long relegated as a mid-tier, mid-size sedan, the Ford Taurus was one of those cars that needed a refreshed styling, especially considering the growing number of competitors coming out on the market these days.

Fortunately, the people at Ford seem to have taken the challenge to task by introducing a refreshed and much-improved 2013 Taurus at the New York Auto Show.

Suffice to say, it was a tough task for Ford to shed some of the negative stereotypes given to the Taurus. A lot of people said it was chubby while some had pointed words on the car’s overall design.

For the 2013 model, Ford seems to have addressed a lot of these connotations, giving the car a more appealing look to quiet down its naysayers. While the styling refresh certainly gave the Taurus a more palatable appearance, its the addition of a new engine - a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo engine - that seems to have given the Taurus the right kind of buzz.

Details on the Ford Taurus after the jump.

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO

2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Once upon a time, the Ford Taurus was one of the Blue Oval’s most popular models. But over the years, the line has been trumped by a lot of other makes, both from Ford and from competitors that have unfairly relegated the Taurus in the shadows.

Ford, of course, is looking to change that. In bringing back some luster to the name, the American automaker is getting ready to introduce the newest version of the Taurus SHO at the New York Auto Show. Coming with a refreshed facelift that speaks well of the car’s new looks, the 2013 Taurus SHO is primed to get back into the meat of the competition and return to its old prominence.

While it would’ve been better if the car actually had an engine upgrade - the engine remains the same, much to our dismay - we’re certainly not complaining about the facelift done. It looks a lot more up-to-the-times with the sporty and aggressive look, which for a mid-size sedan is a very important element. And even if the engine remains the same, it’s still powerful enough to deliver well over 300 horsepower.

UPDATE 05/15/12: Ford has released a new driving video of the all-new Taurus SHO. The video is narrated by Ford Vehicle Integration Engineer, Robert Kay. It’s as good a watch as you’ll have to get you up-to-speed on the Taurus SHO.

Details on the Ford Taurus SHO after the jump.

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Video: Ford test drives its new police interceptors

Video: Ford test drives its new police interceptors

Just in case you have any doubts about the capabilities of Ford’s new line-up of Police Interceptors, the Blue Oval has gone ahead and released a series of six videos that should turn even the most hardened of skeptics into believers.

In the videos, both the Taurus and Explorer-based Interceptors were subjected underwent various test demonstrations on performance, handling, and durability while being test-driven by real police officers and compared against rival manufacturers and their own police interceptors. According to Ford, these officers were not paid for their participation and whose comments and opinions were their own and not necessarily representing the opinions of their respective police agencies.

It’s a fascinating look at how these cars fit into the standards set about by a lot of law-enforcement agencies, all of which hold these cars as critical in assisting their cause of maintaining law and order in their respective areas.

As a refresher on the two distinct Ford Interceptor models, the Explorer Interceptor has a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and delivers 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, while the Taurus is offered with a choice of two engine choices - a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that’s also E85 compatible or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged engine with direct-injection that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

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2012 Ford Taurus SHO To Have 400 Horsepower?

2012 Ford Taurus SHO To Have 400 Horsepower?

The world of automotive snooping is a unique one. There are unnamed sources giving out secrets and pictures taken of cars wrapped in interesting material. This latest photo is no different. It’s clearly a Ford Taurus, but Brenda Priddy says that this is not your everyday Ford. The SHO wheels and the dual chrome exhaust tips tell us a different story.

For 2012, designers wanted to give the high-performance Taurus a unique look. Priddy’s sources are saying that this new SHO will pack 400 horsepower from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor.

From the photos we have, you can see an updated grille, but the rest is mostly the same. Priddy says that a completely updated car isn’t expected until 2015.

We’re not sold on all of this new information. There is no clear evidence that there is a new motor under the hood. Ford appears to be hot weather testing, which could mean there is a new motor or it could mean they are testing the new grilles airflow in hot weather. We’ll have to wait until we get some serious proof.

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2009 Ford Taurus SHO by Funkmaster Flex

2009 Ford Taurus SHO by Funkmaster Flex

As you might be used by now, every year at SEMA Show Funkmaster Flex comes with a customized Ford. And this year’s show was no exception; he came with a customized version of the all-new 2010 Taurus SHO.

The Funkmaster SHO is painted in a two-tone black and metal grey paint job and features a lowered ride height, 22" wheels and Pirelli tires, custom door handles, a one-off front spoiler and rear window wing. The interior remained unchanged, with the exception of adding a black suede headliner and the signature FMF logos on the headrests./p>

"Here’s a vehicle that has so much history and stands on its own in terms of design and attitude," said Funkmaster Flex. "It’s definitely different from anything that I’ve ever done before. It’s much more subdued and doesn’t scream at you in terms of its paint job and overall effect. I really took a vehicle that already had everything in terms of its styling and design and gave it a real stealth-like feel."

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Ford Taurus to replace Crown Victoria as police cruisers

Ford Taurus to replace Crown Victoria as police cruisers

For the longest time, the Ford Crown Victoria has been a criminal’s worst nightmare, not because the car has some sort of crime repellent, but because it is, by far, the most used police cruiser in North America.

But now, word has it that Ford is ready to retire the Crown Victoria in favor of a newer – albeit less intimidating – line of cruisers: the new Taurus.

It has to be mentioned that the Crown Victoria has been synonymous with police cars as much as hamburger and fries. But the model has been used for well over 30 years now so it seems that the model is fit and ready for the retirement home.

With the new Taurus, police officers will be getting behind the wheel of a car that isn’t as powerful as the Crown Victoria. But it’s not a pushover either. The car comes with a set of V6 powertrains, and combined with the Taurus’ reputation for being toughness and efficiency, makes it a formidable adversary for law breaking citizens across North America.

Leaving behind a legacy that saw it being used by over 85 percent of the 75,000 police cruisers being every year, the Crown Victoria rides off into the sunset to leave the criminal-chasing duties to the new Ford Taurus.

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Ford Taurus returns with tempered expectations

Ford Taurus returns with tempered expectations

For the better part of two decades, the Ford Taurus was regarded as the ‘everyman’s car’ in America. It’s popularity back in the day was unrivaled, and during the late 80’s, the Taurus was the top-selling vehicle in the US, capable of selling around 500,000 units a year.

But somewhere along the way, the Taurus lost its appeal to Americans and after years of extracting whatever appeal it had left, the car was officially canned in 2007. Ford even toyed with the idea of dropping the ‘Taurus’ name altogether and renaming it as the Ford Five Hundred.

It wasn’t until recently when Alan R. Mulally, Ford’s new chief executive, made an about-face and decided to bring back the Taurus, despite its growing reputation as a run-of-the-mill vehicle. Apparently, Mulally figured that the Taurus still had a noticeable brand recall among Americans.

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2010 Ford Taurus SHO

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

The Ford engineering team set out to build a vehicle that was engaging and fun to drive, they succeeded. Ford’s new flagship was designed by a group of cohesive engineers and was developed in the digital world, a process that cut 12 months off of the new car’s development cycle. The new Taurus offers the latest and greatest from the blue oval, and is a step in the right direction for any American automaker. Led by Chief Engineer Pete Reyes. The Exterior Design Manager Earl Lucas assured us that the 2010 Ford Taurus is more about me and less about we. Meant for the consumer who is past the Crossover phase of ownership and settling into a comfortable lifestyle. The new Ford Taurus is meant for the new car buyer who wants something that is fun to drive and nice to look at, with a touch of style from Ford’s European design team.

The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO is one engaging vehicle to drive, with its powerful Eco Boost engine and responsive all wheel drive system. The 3.5 Liter turbocharged V6 works like a V8, making 365 HP, while getting 25 MPG on the highway; this Super High Output model is the future of sport luxury sedans. The styling is 21st century and the forward thinking power plant is a must in todays conservation minded society.

The base Taurus will sell for around $30,000 and the high horsepower model will retail closer to $45,000. Ford has something for every price level with their new four door, but we recommend the SHO.

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Video: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO walkaround

Video: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO walkaround

Top Speed recently had the opportunity to learn a little bit about the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and we figured who better to tell you about it than the men who put the plan into action, the design team. So without further ado, please enjoy this walk around of Ford’s new flagship, with Exterior Designer Eric Lucas and Interior Designer Lon Zaback.

We already showed you what Advanced Engine Design and Development Manager, Brett Hinds had to say about how the fuel sipping 3.5 Liter Eco Boost V6 works with the car’s all wheel drive system to make 365 HP and create one of the hottest Ford sedans we have seen in a while and a Top Speed certified successor to the classic Super High Output four door to wear the blue oval badge.

Check back on tuesday for a full review of the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, so for now. Enjoy!

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Video: Factory drag racing

Video: Factory drag racing

In an attempt at a bit of viral video marketing, Ford showed this video to a group of journalists at the recent launch of the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. The drag pits Ford’s factory tuned flagship model against an upscale Audi A6 with Quattro all wheel drive and a Hemi powered Chrysler 300. Which do you think won?

What’s interesting is that Ford is playing up the four wheel drive and V8-like capabilities of the new for 2010 SHO, but what would have happened if Ford put their best four door sedan up against an Audi S6 or an SRT-8. Either way, the blue oval group proved that a boosted V6 can outrun a V8, and use less gas while doing it.

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Test driving the new SHO

Test driving the new SHO

After driving the standard Taurus yesterday, Top Speed finally got a chance to get behind the wheel of the almighty SHO and it was a pleasant surprise , and we’d love to tell you about it, but we can’t, not until June 23rd. However, we can tell you a little bit more about the 3.5 Liter Eco Boost engine that it has under the hood. This is Ford’s next generation engine with plans for the six cylinder that has the benefits of a V8 while getting the efficiency of a smaller motor.

This is the first twin turbocharged direct injected V6 in North America, making 102 additional horse power over the base car’s Duratec motor of the same size. Direct injection is a beautiful thing, initially developed for endurance racers, this method of fuel delivery allows for the most controlled combustion possible, injecting exact amounts directly into the combustion chamber. These systems have the benefit of getting better gas mileage and making more power at the same time compared to traditional multi port fuel injection.

The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO also features a beefed up transmission to handle the 12 psi of boost from both snails to make a ground pounding 350 lb-ft of torque from the next generation internal combustion engine. Ford is so dedicated to this engine design, that the last American automotive manufacturer left standing plans on introducing Eco Boost into 90% of their future product lineup. If you are partial to an inline setup, and hesitant to go with a V6 there is good news, because Ford is also working on a 4 cylinder version of Eco Boost.

Continued after the jump with video of Ford Advanced Engine Design and Development Manager Brett Hinds talking about the new Eco Boost in the 2010 SHO.

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First Impression: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

First Impression: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

So we are about to drive the new for 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. Despite all the talk about the “SHO,” we have yet to see the factory tuned Ford to be referred to by its proper name. For anyone who doesn’t remember the original badass four door was known as the “Super High Output” model. We couldn’t think of any other words to better describe the new high performance people mover.

There are a few touches that separate the SHO from the lesser Taurus models, like the chromed front grill and the new power bulge on the hood. The SHO also upgrades to a set of LED driving lights on the front corners and SHO emblems just behind the rear windows and another EcoBoost badge on the trunk. The rear end of the SHO is also distinguishable by the rear wing and chrome strip that ties the taillights together. The Ford Taurus SHO also rides on a asset of unique 19 inch rims or a set of optional 20s.

Most importantly the SHO will have a twin turbocharged version of Ford’s new 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood making 365 HP. This is the same motor that the blue oval has been using in their vehicles for the last few months. The power plant offers the benefits of V8 power with the emissions and fuel consumption of a V6. Is this the next evolution of performance vehicles? We’re not sure, because we are about to take the SHO for a spin ourselves, however we won’t be able to tell you about it until June 22nd.

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First impression 2010 Ford Taurus

First impression 2010 Ford Taurus

Ford has a new flagship vehicle in their lineup and they brought Top Speed along for the ride. So far from what we have learned about the new Taurus from our press trip is that it is a car that is more about me, and less about we. Intended for individuals who have outgrown the responsibilities associated with owning a crossover, but still want to be able to take the occasional passenger for a ride. The new for 2010 Ford Taurus packs the same attitude and style that the blue oval is famous for instilling in their trucks. The Ford engineers and marketing team are calling the new Taurus America’s smartest full size vehicle due to the laundry list of safety, comfort and performance features that are packed into the attractively styled four door.

The design team focused on creating a bold exterior and a great interior, two tasks at which they have succeeded. Their goal was to infuse the new Taurus with what they call Ford DNA: the look, the feel and the fun of a Ford. While we can’t tell you about how the new car handles until June 22nd, we can tell you that the look and feel are spectacular, we especially like the massaging front buckets.

The Ford engineering team set out to build a vehicle that was engaging and fun to drive, they succeeded. The Taurus was designed by a group of cohesive engineers and was developed in the digital world, a process that cut 12 months off of the new car’s development cycle. The new Taurus offers the latest and greatest from the blue oval, and is a step in the right direction for any American automaker. Stay tuned to Top Speed for future updates about the Ford Taurus and high output SHO model that we will be getting our hands on tomorrow.

We can’t wait for boost.

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2010 Ford Taurus

2010 Ford Taurus

Ford unveiled the new 2010 Taurus today at the Detroit Auto Show. sales will begin in the summer, and prices will start at $25,995 – the same price as 2009 models.

The 2010 Taurus comes with a more sculpted and powerful design, with new headlights combined with recessed parking lamps frame a new expression of the signature Ford three-bar grille and a new lowered roofline. It gets new exterior colors: Candy Red Metallic Tint, White Platinum Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Gold Leaf Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic and new 17- to 20-inches wheels.

Inside, a forward-leaning center stack – home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen – 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 2010 Taurus comes standard with Ford’s proven Duratec 3.5-liter V-6, generating 263 hp and 249 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Grade-Assist hill-holding rollback prevention feature, paired with an economical 2.77 final drive ratio.

Model Series Code Base vehicle price MSRP SE P2D SE – Front Wheel Drive $25,170 SEL P2E SEL – Front Wheel Drive $27,170 Limited P2F Limited – Front Wheel Drive $31,170 SEL P2H SEL – All Wheel Drive $29,020 Limited P2J Limited – All Wheel Drive $33,020 SHO P2K SHO – All Wheel Drive $37,170

Press release after the jump.

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Preview: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO by Hennessey

Preview: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO by Hennessey

The American hot-rodders Hennessey were made famous by bolting a set of turbochargers to Dodge Vipers and then tuning them to produce anywhere from 800 to 1000 HP and given the name Venom. Now the tuners are focusing their attention to the new Ford Taurus SHO. Because the Taurus is part of Ford’s new Ecoboost family, the turbos now come from the factory, and because the manufacturer’s intention was to increase fuel economy there should be plenty of unused power waiting to be unleashed. Expect to see basic upgrades like intakes, exhausts and even boost controllers at first; but turbo and intercooler upgrades should follow close behind.

The new Ford Taurus SHO is already impressive, sporting a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine that delivers 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,500 rpm. We’ve already seen what Hennessey can do with a Viper, so we’re getting excited about what may come from the family hauler.

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2010 Ford Taurus SHO

2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Guess who’s back and all grown up? The Ford Taurus SHO was first introduced in 1989, and now the 2010 model is ready for its first big-boy drink.

We haven’t seen this old friend in almost a decade, and it seems the SHO has been spending most of that time in the gym. The original car was considered impressive with its 220 hp, and the last generation peaked with a 3.4-liter V8 making 235 hp. Now the 2010 car is SHOwing its muscles with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine that delivers 365 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,500 rpm.

The new SHO gets help by using the 2010 Taurus for its base looks. The sport treatment also adds decklid-mounted spoiler, twin chrome exhaust tips, and new wheels with low-profile 19-inch Goodyear Eagle or optional 20-inch Michelin high-performance tires. It will go on sale this summer, starting at a base price of $37,995.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Ford Taurus will get AWD and EcoBoost

2010 Ford Taurus will get AWD and EcoBoost

Motor Trend caught the 2010 Ford Taurus testing. It will carry some elements of Europe’s "kinetic design" styling, but also design elements from current North American vehicles.

The 2010 Taurus will still be offered as a front-drive model, but AWD will be offered as an option. It will be offered in two different options: the current car’s Volvo-sourced D platform and the Mazda-derived CD3 platform that underpins the new Flex crossover.

Under the hood there will be the same EcoBoost family of engines that will first debut in the Lincoln MKS.

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Crash Tested Ford Taurus to be presented in NY

Crash Tested Ford Taurus to be presented in NY

Most cars at auto shows are highly polished and gleaming, except one – a Ford Taurus that crashed into a 1 million pound wall at 35 mph en route to the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Deliberately.

Ford wants New York International Auto Show visitors to see how the Taurus – rated ‘Top Safety Pick’ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – fared in the 35 mph crash test. Positioned in the same place occupied by the seated crash-test dummy, showgoers view video of the actual crash test.

“We want people to see what happens in the blink of an eye,” said Stephen Kozak, North American safety chief engineer for Ford Motor Company. “We want to open people’s eyes that not all cars are created equal when it comes to safety. There is a difference and we want to show why Taurus is the safest rated large sedan sold in America.”

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2010 Taurus to be a facelift

2010 Taurus to be a facelift

Apparently when Ford CEO Alan Mulally waxed eloquent last week about the anticipated 2010 Taurus, calling it the car the company should have been building all along, he was being more accurate than it first appeared. According to Edmunds.com, the 2010 Taurus isn’t a new car, it’s a face lift of the current one, itself a mild facelift of the Ford 500. An all new Taurus isn’t on track until 2012, it seems. Apparently, however, Ford has decided that the current Taurus is in sufficiently desperate circumstances that diverting attention from the 2012 model long enough for an unplanned redo of the current car is warranted. 
 
The redo includes sheet metal and interior changes, according to an unnamed Ford supplier cited by Edmunds. Exterior styling is said to be more aggressive and interior materials are described as “richer.”
 
Ford sales have been dropping dramatically over the past year, so Ford may feel that it must do something with the 500/Taurus as rapidly as possible to keep the Taurus name viable until the all new model arrives. But, restyling an existing car is generally confined to redoing the front and rear. Modifying the core body shell, which includes the doors, is far too expensive to be practical, though the doors can be reskinned. That means, however, that the basic profile of the car cannot be changed.

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2008 Ford Taurus named "Family Car of the Year"

2008 Ford Taurus named "Family Car of the Year"

Ford Motor Company carries plenty of hometown momentum into the 51st Annual New England Auto Show by winning an award from New England journalists and debuting a race truck for Boston-based Roush Fenway Racing.

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Why was the Taurus flopped

Why was the Taurus flopped

Ford Motor Company yesterday announced that it has hired Jim Farley, most recently the U.S. boss of Lexus and previously the marketing manager for Toyota who supervised the launch of the Scion line, as its new marketing manager. His title will be “Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.”

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Whither Taurus: a new sho - or another sow's year?

Whither Taurus: a new sho - or another sow’s year?

History is replete with civilian Detroit cars that were upgraded to “performance” cars, wowed the folks at Car and Driver and Motor Trend, and then screwed everyone who bought one.
Exhibit A would be the Ford Taurus SHO.
In 1989, Car and Driver put it on the cover and compared it favorably to German performance sedans.
Unfortunately for the owners, the clutch in the car was only good for 15,000 miles. It came out of an Escort. Eventually, Ford solved the problem by making an automatic (...)

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2008 Ford Taurus X crossover earns a IIHS Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Taurus X crossover earns a IIHS Top Safety Pick

2008 Ford Taurus X was awarded today by IIHS a Top Safety Pick, after it has received the government’s highest five-star rash test ratings. The 2008 Taurus X will be available on showrooms starting this summer.
The IIHS Top Safety Pick rating can only be earned by vehicles that achieve the best-available safety performance in front, side and rear collisions and offer electronic stability control. In addition to its Top Safety Pick designation, Taurus X is among a small group of vehicles in (...)

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2008 Ford Taurus X starting at $27.365

2008 Ford Taurus X starting at $27.365

Ford has announced pricing for the 2008 Taurus X. Priced at $27,365, the crossover that replaces the Freestyle will be available on showrooms this summer.
In the change from the Freestyle to Taurus X, Ford has made several major upgrades. Among them: A new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 263 hp, 60 more than the Freestyle’s 3.0-liter. A new six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the continuously variable unit that is going out of production. A restyled front end with (...)

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2008 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable - top safety picks

2008 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable - top safety picks

The 2008 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable will arrive in showrooms this summer bearing Top Safety Pick ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the government’s highest available five-star ratings in all crash test categories.
The IIHS’ "Top Safety Pick" rating can only be earned by vehicles that achieve the best-available safety performance in frontal, side and rear collisions and offer electronic stability control. In addition to being the only large family (...)

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2008 Ford Taurus - pricing announced

2008 Ford Taurus - pricing announced

The new 2008 Ford Taurus – the most powerful, refined, roomiest and safest Taurus ever – will have a base manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,995, including destination and delivery. Comparably equipped, Ford’s iconic family sedan will be priced thousands of dollars less than sedans like the Toyota Avalon and the Chrysler 300.
Nearly 7 million Ford Taurus sedans have been built since 1985, and it remains one of the most recognized Ford vehicle names of all time – trailing only (...)

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2008 Ford Taurus X

2008 Ford Taurus X

Unveiled today at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, the 2008 Ford Taurus X is a full-size crossover that offers three rows of seating, a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission and a long list of standard safety equipment – including side curtain air bags and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control.

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2008 Ford Taurus

2008 Ford Taurus

New Ford Taurus features more than 500 engineering changes, making it more distinctive, quieter, faster and safer. 3.5-liter Duratec V-6 delivers an estimated 260 horsepower – an increase of nearly 30 percent from the previous engine. Standard electronic stability control and available all-wheel drive provide confident ride and handling in all weather conditions. Ford Sync offers new levels of connection, control, simplicity and personalization for electronic (...)

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2002 - 2005 Ford Taurus (NASCAR)

2002 - 2005 Ford Taurus (NASCAR)

When the 2004 Taurus makes its debut in the 2004 Daytona 500, it will represent Ford’s most synergistic effort in race car design to date. This synergy comes from all corners of the Ford empire and includes solid representation from not only the NASCAR ranks but also the real world production side.

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