(Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 08:58AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford Authority’s Sam McEachern says the 2020 Ford Taurus, due to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show but leaked in photos on Instagram, will be “sharper and more svelte” than its predecessors. With sedans still popular in China—particularly long sedans with loads of rear passenger space—an updated Taurus will join the Mondeo, Mondeo Plug-In, Fox (Focus), and Fox Classic (previous-gen Focus) in its Chinese sedan line-up.
Ford partners with the Chinese Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. and hopes to see better sales this year after a “tough” 2018. Industry watchers say Chinese auto sales are the slowest in two decades. Economic slowdown, the trade war with the U.S. and a Chinese government crackdown on peer-to-peer lending practices, often used to finance car purchases, were all factors that affected 2018 sales.
Observers say Ford has struggled in China because it hasn’t introduced new products quickly enough. But with plans for 50 new vehicles by 2025, they are targeting the middle class of the country’s second-tier cities, the “fastest growing market in China’s automotive industry.”
The Chinese version of the Ford Taurus incorporates a lengthened version of its CD4 front and all-wheel drive vehicle architecture. The base engine is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 is optional.
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