How about a lifted AWD Taurus wagon=New Taurus XI test drove a TaurusX a few weeks back as was impressed with how comfortable it was. What I didn't like was it was dull looking (the interior colors or either beige or grey-ish beige) and handling was on the numb side. There is a new Taurus due for 2010, hopefully a Taurus wagon will be resurrected. . Not much chance I will buy one, the local Ford dealer is stocked full of salesmen that I would never consider buying from.
Mountaineer WAS supposed to get a redesign ala Explorer, but this was cancelled in light of the new direction.Well glad these moves are being made in light of recently published product plans. However, it's a shame neither really caught on. I recently rode in both vehicles and they deserved much more attention than they got. Both were more than competent.
Nevertheless, at least this will allow for more MKS production in the short term at Lincoln, no?
However, I have to wonder, if the Sable is being canned because of slow sales and the fact that it simply "does not fit" Mercury's new brand image, then why not cancel the Mountaineer and the Grand Marquis already?
I know that the Grand Marquis has a good following - and that it's the only "affordable" Panther-product now that you can't get a Crown Victoria outside of fleet sales - but it hardly fits the image of a recast Mercury brand, no? If I were to make a choice on what fits that image better, I'd rather kill the Grand Marquis now and keep the much nicer Sable for the short-term.
Anyone know if sales are off for the Grand Marquis and the Mountaineer too?
Smart Wife...Enclaves are awesome.My wife likes her Freestyle, but is already set on an Enclave to replace it in either summer of 2010 or 2011.
Actually, I think they are doing better since the name switchbackwhatever-thing they did. Mually I think said that the 500 should have been called Taurus at one point, and then that started the whole deal... and they did refresh a decent amount on these vehicles, so it wasn't too awful bad. But that just goes to show, the familiar names need to stay!Never understood why they changed the names, Taurus X instead of Freestyle, Taurus instead of 500, Sable instead of Montego. Is that maybe the reason these aren't doing well? They can't decide on a name for these cars, customers get confused and wonder why a vehicle only out a short time receives a new name, or rather, an old name brought back. Doesn't make sense to me.
So is the current BOF Explorer dying soon? If so, when is this planned to take place?Duh?
Taurus X is being replaced by the D3 Explorer due out soon. Same vehicle, better style.
Not exactly a huge market left for midsized BoF crossovers.Smart Wife.
Anyways, As soon as Mercury announced it's new "smaller" car direction, I just knew this was going to happen to the Sable. It was just a matter of time thing for the Taurus X.
So...what are they going to do about the Product gap if they get rid of the Mountianeer? Could we be seeing the return of the Aviator?
Not soon enough.So is the current BOF Explorer dying soon? If so, when is this planned to take place?
Except that isn't what Cadillac is doing. They're cancelling the STS, giving the DTS a V6, and letting it soldier on through 2014.And as for "pulling a Cadillac", isn't Ford doing with the D3 platform what GMis doing with Sigma? Cancelling 2 slow sellers and adding a new one or two?