Re: Well, it's official...
The sad end to an era. Until now, Ford has had a V8 sedan in production since 1932. The Taurus might perform better, but it is not a replacement for the CV. Law enforcement agencies will be reluctant to adopt the Taurus because of the complexity (expense) of FWD or AWD twin turbo technology, and nothing defines AMERICAN performance to the consumer like a front engine rear drive sedan.
I hope that the guys in Dearborn see the big hole left in their lineup and get to work on a modern CV replacement; one with more horsepower please. Remember what happened when Ford tried to kill the Mustang and replace it with the FWD Probe!
Perhaps the new platform would be a good place to introduce new technology such as a gasoline fueled Diesel engine. That engine would (hopefully) run cleaner than my 6.0 Excursion without the problems caused by emissions equipment required on the Diesel fueled engines.