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Chinese-Market Ford Taurus Sedan Spotted In Michigan

Just earlier today, Ford Authority Editorial Director Manoli Katakis managed to capture something rather interesting parked alongside a curb in Detroit, Michigan: a Chinese-market Ford Taurus sedan proudly wearing a Manufacturer plate on its rear.

The Ford Taurus, you’ll recall, was redesigned for China for the 2016 model year. Ever since the new model first broke cover at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the automotive press has gone back and forth between wondering when it will make its way to North America, and forecasting its demise in the market.

The Chinese-market 2016 Ford Taurus is decidedly more upscale than the full-size Blue Oval sedan sold here in the United States. It boasts a 3-inch-longer wheelbase with more legroom for rear passengers, and power-reclining rear seats with adjustable lumbar support and a massage function. All of this makes a good deal of sense for a market in which people prefer being chauffeured to driving themselves. Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 serves as the base engine, while the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is available as well.

So, does the presence of a Chinese-market Ford Taurus mean that the sedan is finally coming to the US? Not necessarily; as Automotive News noted last August, the full-size sedan segment is quite diminutive these days, and likely hardly worth Ford’s effort. Of course, one possibility is that it could serve as the basis for a new Ford Police Interceptor sedan – although in that case, we have to imagine Ford would ditch the massaging rear seats.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Rod suchy

    What’s the crap going on. When gord got rid of small trucks and then passenger cars. They always start again. But why? Is it to gage demand t g either surveys can’t complete. Jeez just ask a normal person cause it always sounded stupid to me. Just like linvoln going to sun’s only and know there c trying to figure out a continental again,? If cadilac had said that they would be laughed out if the dealership! I really don’t know why. But it probably explains the stupidly low stock price. Give us cars…yes cars we want to drive. Lord help us…..

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    1. Marquise Ramirez

      I’ll only drive A Ford “Car”! I think they’re realizing the mistake they’ve made.. true people want S/CUVs but, most of us Ford Loyalists have been buying Ford Cars and won’t have it any other way! Eventually everyone will get tired of CUVs and want a lower center of gravity driving experience! I salute Ford for realizing their mistake!🙏🏾

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  2. Marquise Ramirez

    Please Ford Please give US🇺🇸 Our Ford Cars back! I bought a 2018 Fusion Platinum 2.0 Twin Scroll Ecoboost and I’ve been waiting to Upgrade! My whole family drives nothing but Ford/Lincoln’s! My first car was a 1999 Contour SVT! I really don’t want to go to the Japanese or Asian market for a Sedan because I’m set on Sedans.. I Love the low center of gravity, sporty & Luxurious feel My Fusion Platinum Has! There’s even a whole group dedicated to Fusions called (FUSION FLOOD) that I’m in and 300+ of us come from all over the world to meet faithfully every year!🙏🏾 WE LOVE OUR CARS! despite the small issues! It’s Ford Cars or nothing at all for most of us!

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