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Ford Taurus Vehicle History

SIGNIFICANT DATES

1985

Ford Motor Company introduced the all-new 1986 Taurus to upper middle segment of the conservative sedan/station wagon market. The radically styled sedan and wagon were immediate hits and made Taurus one of America’s best selling nameplates.

1990

Driver Side Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System was added as standard equipment.
Anti-lock Braking System made available on all Taurus models.

1992

New exterior and interior styling.
Optional Right Front Passenger Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System was added.

1993

A Flexible Fuel (M-85) 3.0L OHV V-6 engine-powered vehicle was introduced.

1994

Right Front Passenger Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System made standard.
CFC-free air conditioning system was introduced.

1996

An all-new Taurus is launched. It features distinctive interior and exterior designs, more interior room, a smoother riding suspension, improved brakes and a new advanced 3.0L Duratec 24-valve engine.

2000

For the 2000-model year, Taurus introduced new styling and becomes the first vehicle to roll out the Ford Personal Safety System, a comprehensive package of safety technologies.
Taurus becomes the first American car with available power adjustable pedals, which are designed to improve driver comfort.
Taurus was the only mid-size sedan priced below $20,000 in 1999 to achieve the U.S. government's highest possible front crash test rating - five stars for both driver and front seat passenger.

U.S. SALES HISTORY (as of September 2002)

YEAR
UNITS SOLD

1985

4,056

1986

263,450

1987

354,971

1988

374,627

1989

348,061

1990

313,274

1991

299,659

1992*

409,751

1993*

360,448

1994*

397,037

1995*

366,266

1996*

401,049

1997

357,162

1998

371,074

1999

368,327

2000

382,035

2001

353,560

2002

247,015



5,971,822


* Indicates Ford Taurus was number-one selling car in the U.S. during that calendar year.

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