The final Ford Taurus sedan rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant on March 1st, 2019. The last Taurus marks the end of an era and the end of production for a historic nameplate. More than eight million Ford Tauruses were built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant over a 34 year period of (nearly) continuous production.
The Ford Taurus was introduced at the 1985 Los Angeles Auto Show, representing the latest in Ford engineering and design, with well received styling. The Taurus was developed to meet shifting consumer needs, with sleek looks that differed from the boxy sedans of the period. Powering it was a 140 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine that featured multi-port fuel injection.
Over time, the Ford Taurus continued to evolve with the addition of the SHO model in 1989, which came equipped with a 220-horsepower high-performance V6. By 1992, Ford’s flagship Taurus had become America’s best-selling car. Additionally, the Taurus became a staple in American stock car racing when it entered NASCAR in 1998, and the Taurus NASCAR was the vehicle of choice for many race teams. Many championships were won under the Taurus name and represented Ford Motor Company at the highest level of stock car racing.
The Taurus briefly ended production in 2006 before it was revived as an all-new car in 2008. That same model soldiered on, to eventually roll off of the assembly line in its final 2019 iteration. As Ford moves away from passenger cars in North America the company will focus its efforts on crossovers and SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, and Ford Explorer.
Ford is currently investing $1 billion into its Chicago Assembly Plant and the Chicago Stamping Plant, and will add 500 jobs to expand capacity in order to build the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility that the Explorer derives.
As we say goodbye to the Ford Taurus, we must look back on what the sedan has done for the Ford brand and the overall impact in the car world. Fortunately for Ford fans, the beloved Ranger is back and the 2020 Bronco is coming soon.
So long Taurus, you will be missed.
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Goodbye Ford. You were a great car company.
Hopefully GM will not become a loser in its own home market as Ford has become.
The bad part about this is, it didn’t even have to be this way. Ford has so many great pieces but never puts them together fully. There is still time and Ford has the potential to turn their company around but it would take some serious re-evaluating and refocusing. But also alot of us as fans and consumers need to be more vocal in this as well. Beyond our financial investments, we all have a voice. Nothing ever gets done when people pitch and moan to each other. We need to let Ford know what we want to see from our car company. I’m sure if the people who invest their money into Ford’s products would communicate back to them, we’d have a greater voice that corporate share holders. We are the ones who pour our money into the company. Why shouldn’t we let them know how we feel about the direction they are going? Why shouldn’t we voice out opinions and our dreams and our desires. What if they’re waiting for us to let them know what we really want.
Good idea. I have a 2017 Taurus (SHO) and will have to make this car last, about 15 or 20 yes, hopefully. I don’t like trucks, don’t like foreign cars, esp overpriced snooty ones. 🙁
I see the Taurus almost every day as it is the preferred police sedan. But Ford is mistaken in letting go of its only full sized sedan, since the Fusion is midsized. If the Taurus were a hybrid, then it would sell better as police patrol vehicles. Now the police fleets will have to buy Explorers.
This poorly managed company is simply out of touch with reality, not to mention that its bread and butter the F150 has been recalled numerous times lately.