2010 Ford Taurus
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2010 Ford Taurus

Detroit, Michigan – Ford has unveiled the all-new 2010 Ford Taurus at the North American International Auto Show, with an upscale new design, improved driving dynamics, and class-leading technologies.

The Taurus benefits from Ford’s Global Product Development System, which made it possible to deliver the all-new model 12 months sooner than originally planned, and with more new features.

“Taurus is our premium Ford flagship, and it casts a halo across the entire brand portfolio,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice-president for global product development. “Building on its reputation for safety leadership, we leveraged extensive use of computer-aided design and engineering technologies, as well as digital pre-assembly modelling to deliver a high-quality new Taurus a year ahead of schedule.”

New styling features include a powerdome hood, pronounced fenders and fascia, new headlights combined with recessed parking lamps, lowered roofline, and a new version of the Ford signature three-bar grille. Available wheel sizes will range from 17 to 20 inches.

Inside, a forward-leaning centre stack flows in a continuous unbroken form through the instrument panel and down to the centre console. The door panels use an innovative urethane tooling process, providing unique texture and visible stitching. The same process allows for two-tone door panels.

The 2010 Taurus comes standard with Ford’s Duratec 3.5-litre V6, generating 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque and comes paired with a choice of two new six-speed automatic transmissions. Fuel economy is improved by a two-speed fuel pump and deceleration fuel shut-off technology. The Taurus engine plan also calls for optional availability of an advanced EcoBoost 3.5-litre V6, with an announcement regarding availability coming soon.

New technology features that will be available include adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, intelligent access with pushbutton start, SecuiCode keyless entry keypad, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and MyKey, which allows a restricted driving mode for parents or fleet administrators.

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