Ford Opens the 2010 Taurus to the Public

The 2010 Ford Taurus marks the first model year of the sixth generation of Ford's mid-sized sedan and the third year since being reintroduced after a short pause in production. The new Taurus was (literally) opened to the public at this year's North American International Auto Show to give everyone an inside look at all the features and comforts.

Saying that Ford opened the Taurus to the public is a slight understatement, considering they sacrificed one of the newly assembled vehicles to create one of the more impressive displays on the show floor. The body was split from the front to the rear bumper, and separated from the cabin. The two pieces were then put on a sliding mechanism that would pull them away from the cabin, leaving the seats and the dash. When commanded to do so, the left and right body pieces would then slide back together around the cabin and the car would be whole again.

The purpose of this display was to showcase the new technology and entertainment system in the 2010 Taurus, which it did very effectively. One of the first things you will notice upon entering the Taurus is the high end audio system provided by Sony. A large central speaker is place at the center of the dash, with 4 others in the doors and a subwoofer in the trunk.

Of course, all of the latest safety features have also made their way into the Taurus. Park assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection can all be installed. Also available are the new Sync V3.0 with voice activated navigation system and Sirius Travel Link. Other security features include the new MyKey system and SecuriCode in the case of lost keys.

Power for the new Taurus can come from the tried and true 3.5 liter Duratec V6. Power figures are set at 263 horsepower and 249 lb/ft of torque. Also available is a 6-speed automatic with Select Shift and all wheel drive. There have also been rumors that Ford will be including the new 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 in the options list.

Mark Fields, president of Ford North America, said it best in the 2010 Taurus press release. "Customers will find a lot to love about the new Taurus..."

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