Ford Execs Compare Current Taurus To...Homer Simpson?!

It was almost a year ago today that we stood in a meeting room at McCormick Place in Chicago and listened to Mark Fields go on and on about how big of a deal renaming the Ford Five Hundred the Ford Taurus was going to be. And then they sold 20% less in 2007 than they did in 2006. But they're ready to admit they made a… » 1/29/08 11:00pm 1/29/08 11:00pm

It's Sort Of Official: Introducing The Ford Taurus, Taurus X And…

Well, when you hear it on BlueOvalNews it must be true. According to the fan site all about FoMoCo, they've got the press release before the press conference — the five hundred will be no more for 2008. Instead, the Dearborn, MI based automaker will be bringin' FleetSalesBack (yeah!), and bringing back the Taurus… » 2/07/07 9:07am 2/07/07 9:07am

You Sort of Called It: Report Says Ford Five Hundred to Be Renamed…

And just like that, there it is. Automotive News is reporting today Ford indeed will change the name of the Five Hundred to Taurus. Executives will announce the change at the Chicago auto show press days tomorrow, according to a source. The Jalops called it by a slim majority of those who voted on our Question of the… » 2/06/07 8:42am 2/06/07 8:42am

Question of the Day: Should Ford Rename the 500 as a Taurus?

The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford may be rethinking an idea once thought of as better. Somewhere along the line the braintrust committee thought having names start with an F was a good one. It wasn't. Ford's exit from the minivan market serves as an example. Decent selling Windstar minivan sales went into the… » 2/05/07 12:02pm 2/05/07 12:02pm

Detroit Auto Show: 2008 Ford Five Hundred Finally Gets The Horbury…

Yes, that's the new Ford Five Hundred for 2008 — and yes, it's exactly the look the five hun'ed shoulda had if Peter "Big Balls" Horbury had been able to lay his sweaty British palms on the clay of the first gen model. Because now it's got the "Hi, I'm Dave" Gillette-like front-end — which, as we all remember from one year … » 1/07/07 9:42am 1/07/07 9:42am

Spy Photos: 2008 Ford Five Hundred, Now With Thrice the Dave

Despite the germ-like camouflage, we can tell the new Ford Five Hundred has gotten an extensive infusion of Dave. That's the safety-razor grille, slyly alluding to the Cheshire smile of Americans whom designing Brit Peter Horbury's endured at Detroit-area cocktail parties. Set to debut at the Detroit show next month,… » 12/21/06 7:44am 12/21/06 7:44am

Automobile Mag Tries To Park The Self-Parking And Ford-Hating Lexus…

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The boys over at Automobile put together a funny little vid on one way to do a review of the new "self-parking" feature from the Lexus LS460. Basically the three (plus one man-behind-the-cam) auto journos decided that just parking the car on your own's easier than trying to play with the self-park system. Also, they… » 12/05/06 8:31am 12/05/06 8:31am

Spy Photos: More on the 2008 Ford Five Hundred Freshening

We'd imagine if you asked Ford design chief Peter Horbury, he'd say the current Ford Five Hundred is a bit light on Dave. Dave, if you'll recall, is Horbury's mythical, open-hearted American chap, and inspiration for the toothy grillework on the Fusion and new Edge crossover. Of course, as it is now, the Five Hundred… » 9/19/06 9:15am 9/19/06 9:15am

Insurance Institute Hits Them From the Side; Resulting Headlines Top…


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety apparently likes it like we do — releasing the results over the weekend of the 2006 side impact crashworthiness (we didn't even make that word up!) tests, and now we're treated to 75 articles in papers across the country all saying "Study: Side Air Bags Improve Safety." Well —… » 6/19/06 12:37pm 6/19/06 12:37pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: The Five Hundred is exactly what middle America needs: an old school Yank tank with reasonable gas mileage and laudable safety. If you re in the cop or carriage trade, or have a wife whose idea of packing light squares with Joan Collins , the Five Hundred s cavernous trunk will whale your… » 12/30/05 10:51am 12/30/05 10:51am

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 2

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It s an Audi innit? By riffing on a relatively bland Euro-design, Ford obviously chose to play it safe with its mainstream mainstay. It s a bit of shock not be to be shocked, what with the Taurus in the rear view mirror and the bad-ass Chrysler 300C somewhere in the distance, but I guess no one ever … » 12/29/05 1:00pm 12/29/05 1:00pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL AWD, Part 1

The Ford Five Hundred s doors are the cheapest feeling portals I ve experienced outside of a high school stage set. If closing an Audi is like slipping on a pair of Ugg slippers, concluding a 500 is like wedging your foot into rented skates. There s nothing particularly wrong with the 500 s doors. They do exactly what… » 12/28/05 9:39am 12/28/05 9:39am