The original Ford Taurus wasn't a boxy piece of metal when it came out in 1986, but a light, fiberglass car. It influenced many other companies to rethink vehicle design. Between 1986 and 2007, Ford has constructed 7,519,919 models. It has become the fifth best selling North American car in Ford's history; "only the F-150, Escort, Model T, and Mustang have sold more units."1
During the mid 1990's, Taurus was named best selling US car four years running. Taurus also went through a major body styling update in the 90's.
Ford decided to discontinue Taurus in 2007 to focus on SUV sales. It was replaced by the full-size Five Hundred and midsize Fusion sedans. A new wagon, Freestyle crossover, was also introduced, later renamed "Taurus X". After years of absence, people wanted Taurus back. Their prayers were answered in late 2009, when the auto maker announced a 2010 Taurus.
After making a successful return to Lindsay Ford in Wheaton, MD, fans have proven this Ford is their favorite American sedan.