• Jan 5, 2011
The signs have come down and retail production ended back in October of 2010. Now, the very last Mercury model has rolled off the assembly line. This last Mercury somewhat fittingly takes the form of a Grand Marquis reporting for fleet duty. It was built at the St. Thomas plant in Ontario, Canada, which is the same facility that continues to produce the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car for fleet and livery duty.

St. Thomas' days are numbered, however, as the factory is slated to close on August 31. When it goes, the Panther platform is likely to follow. So long, and thanks for all the fish memories.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Grand Marquis was one of the best cars on the market. Big, comfortable, reliable and a great bargain. I bought a 2005 brand new with half carriage roof and extra trim for under $25k including tax & title, and a guy I work with paid $34k for a Honda Accord and thinks he got a bargain. (DUH). FMC really screwed up when they dropped the Mercury from their lineup. My wife has a 2007 Montego (Sable) that I will put up against any of the imports out there. A great car for the money. Ford customers need something to move up to from a Ford. A lot of people don't want to drive a "Ford", but will drive a Mercury.
      Mark Tomblin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I guess I will still drive on for the next 10 years anyway.. Don't know why they keep doing that. are they tring to go out of Biusness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *sings* Thanks for the memory, of things I can’t forget, journeys on a jet, Our wond’rous week in martinique, and vegas and roulette, how lucky I was to be driving you around, I hate to say goodbye!
      • 4 Years Ago
      finally dead, that car drives like a rolling marshmallow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why everyone hates on these cars so much. Sure they don't handle the best and don't have blazing speed. They are, however, large, comfortable, safe and reliable. There is no better car for a long highway trip.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I use to own one, a 2002 GrandMa, so I think I'm qualified to say this. While it was a very comfortable highway cruiser, there are many cars out there that I would rather take on a long road trip. The Porsche Panamera, for example, or a Mercedes S class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A car for retirees.
        • 4 Years Ago
        obvious much?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nick, just FYI for some reason Autoblog picked an older Marquis picture. This is not the latest model. Not saying the new ones are significantly different, but usually Autoblog goes nuts over every headlight and bumper refresh, so it seems odd that they would choose a pic from 10 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian

        "Yeah, I'm surprised Ford didn't hang on to it and put it in their museum."

        That's because it's technically a forgery of the Crown Vic and no museum would knowingly put a forgery on display! ;) jk
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nick that is an older model

        http://volvoautosinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mercury-Grand-Marquis-2.jpg

        that is the most recent model... slightly different

        Even though it is sad to see this model go I have to say it is about freakin time... the panther platform is soooo old! If only ford went through with a new platform a few years ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a sad day for Rickey who drives only this Mercury.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must be getting old cause I still think those look pretty good . Has a good stance - lots of room every where & quite possibly a 300,000 mile life expectancy .
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last Mercury built for retail consumer sale was a Mariner, back on October 3rd at the Claycomo (Kansas City) plant:

      http://www.huliq.com/10281/ford-builds-final-mercury-consumer-market

      So the Grand Marquis must have been built for a rental car company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you just look at the picture without actually reading the info under it?

        "This last Mercury somewhat fittingly takes the form of a Grand Marquis reporting for fleet duty."
      • 4 Years Ago
      My friend's dad died at 96, leaving one of these with 2100 miles in three years. It sold for cash the same morning it hit the paper, with calls coming in for weeks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks goodness we won't be seeing these blocking the far left lane on the FL highways anymore, nor will Hertz continue trying to upgrade us from a fullsize to a near-luxury rental and offer us a lowly GMarquis or Crown Vic. Good riddance to these dinosaurs
        • 4 Years Ago
        You think they are suddenly going to all evaporate just because they stopped making them? These cars can last 300,000 miles easy. You'll be seeing them for quite some time.

      • 4 Years Ago
      That is an older model in the pic.
      The Town Car ended a while ago, with Lincoln preparing to build MKT limos and hearses. The 03-04 Marauder was the best thing to come out of that plant.
      I wonder how the mileage would have been with the 3.7 Ecoboost and 6 speed?
      The strongest police and taxi out there.
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