• Mar 1, 2007
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While the debate rages on around whether or not returning the Taurus name to Ford's lineup will do anything to help improve sales of this large sedan, we've had our fun imagining what different versions Ford could produce. First there was the Taurus Heritage Edition that actually won over a lot of readers with its nod to nostalgia, and then there was our first post on a possible resurrection of the SHO model.

While we're of the mind that the return of the Taurus will improve sales, or at least not hurt them, there are some who argue that the Taurus is, was and always will be a rental car. For them, Galvin, the artist who rendered our first two Taurus models, has created this, the ultimate Taurus rental car for the new millennium, complete with many square feet of unpainted black plastic, anonymous wheel covers and an offset Blue Oval that lets everyone know the driver is a little off, as well. While we wouldn't go so far as to say the Five-Hundred/Taurus is our favorite large sedan in the segment, we wish it well in 2008 and beyond and hope its future doesn't come to this.

[Rendering courtesy of Galvin]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ewww, looks like one of those fugly Toyota Echos
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would rather have the rental Tarus then the Cobalt that Enterprise just stuck me with. No power windows and it drives like a 1980's throwback. Never thought I would say this but I miss my Saab 9-3.

      Why anyone would buy a Cobalt is beyond me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its the sedan version of the dodge minivan! base trims on those always include the unpainted black rubber panels. OR maybe its the Element meets the 500= Rental Taurus!

      If it drives like a boat, handles like a boat, and has sluggish acceleration, why doesnt somebody create the Taurus Amphibicar?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I for one think the plastic do add a "unexpensive rental" feeling to the car..

      To me Taurus brings 2 ideas... Rental and company car and the retirement special wich I must admit are 2 rather big market segment. So what if nobody in their right mind and/or between the gaes of 16 and 50 will buy one for personnal use.... Rental companies, little old people and business in need of a cheap medium-sized employee car will jump on it and more than compensate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      is this a joke?
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently there isn't much to do at autoblog. What is this this, the 3rd Taurus makeover story? I am a Ford guy but please find something better to do. Can we have some real stories? Get off your butt and go find me some better info on the 09 F150!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should show the passenger side, with no keyhole. That's right, I rented a Taurus once that only had one keyhole on the whole outside. You even had to use the trunk release to get into the boot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess is a sign of my age, but this rendering reminds me of those Toyota Tercel wagons of the mid to late '80s. Maybe it was only the AWD version that had the HUGE black bumpers. It even had the off-center brand badge, this photo shows.

      To make a truely "perfect" rent a car, it could probably use a thick band of black vinyl all along the sides...to ward of parking lot dents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Rental and company car and the retirement special wich I must admit are 2 rather big market segment."

      Rentals may be a large segment, but it's just not a profitable one and only hurts the resale value in the long run when they flood the used lots after a year or so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Along w/ #1... What's with the plastic? Between the Avalanche and the previous generation Honda Element... you'd think people would just not use it anymore.

      Sure, it's only a rendering and likely wouldn't ever be made... but that doesn't mean someone hasn't already thought about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Slow day at Autoblog, spending time photoshopping the Five Hundred/Taurus?

      Since the new Camry is already in rental fleets, why don't we give equal time and do this to the '07 Camry, too? Or the Accord?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like the Autoblog RR Beater of the week circa 2021!

      Don't know why, but I lust after one of these, unpainted plastic and all.
      Give me cloth seats and a manual tranny and I'll be in heaven.
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