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Old 02-07-2007, 01:00 PM
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Post Ford's Mark Fields announces Bold Move: Bring back Taurus & Sable brands

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Making both a bold and simple move, Ford's North American boss Mark Fields confirmed this morning what we already knew, that the Taurus and Sable brands will be resurrected for 2008.

Fields, delivering the keynote address at the Chicago Auto Show this morning, said the Ford Five Hundred nameplate will be dropped in favor of the venerable Taurus badge. The Freestyle crossover vehicle will also be renamed the Taurus X, and Mercury Montego will switch to the Sable nameplate. All three vehicle will be introduced to the press later in the day, though we were first introduced to the new "Taurus" in Detroit.

Fields said only four in 10 consumers were aware that Ford offered a vehicle called the Five Hundred. Yet the Taurus nameplate, which was killed last year, had built up 20 years of strong brand recognition and was recognized by 80 percent of shoppers. Fields also said Taurus was Ford's third-best-known brand behind F-Series and Mustang. During the early '90s, the Taurus was America's best-selling car five years running. About seven million Taurus models were sold in 21 years, and Ford estimates nearly 3.5 million are still on the road.

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My wife says that he is THE most handsome man in America and if he advertised chewing tobacco, she'd start chewing! She says that he's too handsome/sexy to look directly at, only in little snips.
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It is not fair. If a husband said the same thing about a woman, the wife would slap him or at least give him a dirty look.

Getting back to the Fords. The Five Hundred is not breakthrough enough to have deserved its own name. Marketing should have known that. Marketing also should have known not to abandon the Taurus name. I can't imagine Toyota dropping the Camry name.
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Oh, I 've said many many times my opion (favorable) pertaining to certain females. I've never gotten any dirty look. My chances of getting that particular female are equal to my wife's getting Mark Fields. Ya gotta laugh & take things not so serious.
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