October 30, 2006

Production of Ford Taurus ends

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced that the last Ford Taurus was built on Friday, October 27 at its Atlanta Assembly Plant. The production facility has now been idled.

Ford built 7.5 million Taurus models since its introduction in 1985; from 1992 to 1996, it was the best-selling car in the U.S., and in its peak year 1992, 409,751 were sold. It was also produced in Chicago until 2004, when that plant began production of the Ford Five Hundred and Freestyle, and the Mercury Montego.

Atlanta Assembly opened in 1947 and built a number of models, including light trucks, Ford Fairlane, Fairmont, Falcon, Galaxie, Granada, Ranchero, Torino, Thunderbird, Marquis, Sable and Taurus. For the past five years it has ranked among the top-ten most productive assembly plants in North America. Its 1,950 workers will be able to select separation, educational or retirement packages.

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