If you are into cars at all then you have probably heard by now of Ford Motor Company’s recent momentous announcement. By the way, if you’re not into cars may I ask what the heck you’re doing here? You do know that this is a car forum, right? There are plenty of other places to go if you don’t want to listen to crazy guys talking about torque, tow points, and trim. But I digress. The “Blue Oval,” America’s oldest automaker and the company that brought such ideas as assembly lines and mass production to the public consciousness, is pulling the plug on its North American car production. That’s right; the Ford we have all known and loved for almost 125 years is no longer going to make cars.
OK, so stop hyperventilating and bear with me- I didn’t say Ford was going to stop making automobiles, just cars. There will still be plenty of pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers coming out of Ford’s plants, there just won’t be any more sedans, coupes, hot hatches or the like being assembled. The company has decided to focus (you see what I did there, right?) on what makes it money here in the states so you can say goodbye to the aforementioned Focus as well as the Fiesta, Fusion, Taurus, and C-Max. Never fear though, the mighty Mustang got a pass. Today we’re gonna take a look at seven of those models we will miss and ten old Ford models we won’t miss and will never have to worry about again.
17. WE’LL MISS: TAURUS
It would be no exaggeration to say that the Ford Taurus is one of the all-time great nameplates of the Blue Oval. It was first manufactured in 1985 and became an icon of the company’s resurrection. In fact, some aficionados have even gone so far as to claim the Taurus was as important to the automobile industry as Ford’s original classic the Model T. I don’t think that I would necessarily go there myself- the Model T created our modern car industry after all while the Taurus just rebranded the automaker and changed the way American companies made sedans- but I certainly get it.
As Chris Woodyard for USA Today wrote recently: “At a time when companies loathed taking risks, Ford couldn’t have made a bolder move than to create the Taurus, a sleek, European-style sedan that stood apart from the boxy, clunky American cars of its day. Ford’s bet-the-company move in 1985 was emulated again more than two decades later when another risk-taking and revered executive, CEO Alan Mulally, revived the Taurus nameplate that the company had abandoned.” The Taurus was a big, beautiful dreamy boat of a vehicle in all of its iterations, even and especially as the Taurus X or Freestyle. Now Ford is phasing it out forever; this will be the last model year in the U.S.