November 22, 2002

Ford adds interior upgrades to 2003 Taurus

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford is introducing two distinctive new interior packages for the 2003 Ford Taurus, an optional sport appearance package, improved noise insulation, and quieter brakes.

New 2003 Taurus design features and options include:

  • An optional Woodgrain package that includes a real wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and a faux wood shift knob accent
  • An optional Sport sedan package that includes 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum sport wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, two-tone cloth sport seats, a rear deck lid spoiler and a pewter-brush finish on the instrument panel and console
  • New richer-looking seat fabrics, which are available in midnight black, two-tone parchment and two-tone graphite cloth
  • New seat leathers are available, including soft, premium Imola leather, which is available in monochromatic midnight black, two-tone parchment or two-tone graphite
  • An available monochromatic midnight graphite interior is now offered and the available two-tone parchment interior now uses lighter shades to make the cabin feel brighter and airier; on some models, the instrument clusters are color-keyed to the interior

The interior upgrades complement the functional upgrades and manufacturing process improvements that make the car quieter, more refined and help improve quality:

  • Overall noise levels in the cabin are substantially reduced thanks to improved cabin sealing against wind and road noise
  • A 30 percent power increase for the rear defroster results in noticeably faster clearing of snow, condensation and ice
  • New front brake pad materials help reduce noise. In addition, new equipment at the two plants that build Taurus helps improve brake pedal feel by ensuring consistent evacuation and fill of the brake system during assembly

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