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    End of the line for Taurus


    Production ended at Ford Motor Company?s Atlanta Assembly Plant on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 a.m. when the company produced its last Ford Taurus.

    Ford produced 7.5 million Taurus units since the legendary sedan was introduced in 1985. From 1992 to 1996, Taurus was the best-selling car in the United States. Its peak year was 1992 with 409,751 units sold. Ford produced Taurus at two assembly plants ? Atlanta and Chicago ? until 2004 when Chicago Assembly began production of Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle and Mercury Montego.

    Atlanta Assembly opened in 1947 and built a variety of historical models including the light trucks, Ford Fairlane, Fairmont, Falcon, Galaxie, Grananda, LTD, Rachero, Torino, Thunderbird, Marquis, Sable and Taurus.

    For the past five years Atlanta Assembly has ranked among the top 10 most productive assembly plants in North America, as reported by Harbour Consulting. In the 2005 report, Atlanta ranked number one in productivity.

    Atlanta Assembly employed 1,950 workers, including 1,800 hourly and 150 salaried. The hourly employees, like all UAW-represented Ford employees in the U.S., can select among eight separation, educational and retirement packages.

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    Re: End of the line for Taurus

    I'm sure that the laid off workers will love to retrain to be microbiologists. Gee, thats everyone's dream!

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    Re: End of the line for Taurus

    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    I'm sure that the laid off workers will love to retrain to be microbiologists. Gee, thats everyone's dream!
    They ought to be pissed at Ford for not updating the car - or having a modern replacement lined up for it years ago....

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    Re: End of the line for Taurus

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric


    They ought to be pissed at Ford for not updating the car - or having a modern replacement lined up for it years ago....
    Absolutely correct, although who's to say that the car wouldn't be built in Mexico (like the 500 and the Fusion). Ford chose to close down what was once Ford's most productive plant. From what I hear, the build quality was excellent on those cars. The problem with the Taurus was the use of lousy materials and components as directed by Fords bean counters. Thats a problem that has afflicted Ford vehicles since the middle 1970s.

    Ford did need to update that car more often.

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