ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 15, 2009 – The Ford Taurus – the car that changed America’s view of sedans – is all-new for 2010, with an expressive design, impeccable driving dynamics, class-leading technologies and unsurpassed value.
“This new sedan completely redefines expectations of what Taurus stands for – and what Ford is capable of delivering – quality, fuel-efficient vehicles featuring the latest technologies and head-turning design,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas.
Available this summer, the 2010 Taurus will start at $25,995 – the same as the 2009 model – but with more class-leading features, new technologies and craftsmanship that rivals premium-priced sedans. Taurus available technologies – 10 of which cannot be found on any other cars in its segment – deliver on consumer needs and wants by enhancing the driving experience.
These class-exclusive technologies include:
Taurus’ exterior design is sculpted and athletic, making the new car even more upscale. Inside, the forward-leaning centerstack and sporty driver-oriented interior have been created with unbroken lines, reflecting attention to detail. Precision craftsmanship is reflected in high-quality interior materials, as well as exterior panel margins comparable to costly German sedans.
Impeccable Driving Dynamics
Matching its more athletic looks, the new Taurus features sporty driving dynamics. Handling reflects Ford DNA, combining responsive steering and road-holding with comfortable, compliant ride qualities.
Standard is Ford’s award-winning Duratec® 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, delivering impressive power and fuel economy and available in front- or all-wheel drive. The Taurus SHO has a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6, delivering the power of a V-8, without compromise to its V-6 fuel efficiency. The SHO transfers its 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lbs. of torque through a 6-speed SelectShift Automatic™ gearbox, featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and all-wheel drive.
Taurus chassis tuning has been enhanced with increased roll stiffness and more responsive steering. A new rear suspension configuration improves ride quality, adds agility, saves weight and enables use of 19- and 20-inch wheels and tires.
Taurus driving dynamics, driveline performance and fuel efficiency combine to provide sedan buyers with exceptional value.
Taurus safety begins with a body structure optimized for strength and stiffness. The energy-absorbing front structure features octagonal front frame rails, tunnel rails and “shotgun” front structural members designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment.
Also included are dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side impact air bags and Safety Canopy® with rollover sensor – a Ford exclusive protection system featuring side curtain air bags that help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side impact crashes.
The 2010 Ford Taurus will be built at Ford’s Chicago (Ill.) Assembly Plant.
For More Information:
2010 Ford Taurus / SHO Media Site
2010 Ford Taurus Press Kit
2010 Ford Taurus SHO Press Kit
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