Big Change... in a small way
1. The Taurus: this great vehicle is going big and that means good news for the big people looking for comfort in a nice vehicle but for those looking for a 4-door driver, BAD NEWS. To get back to what I believe is the original SHO idea of a high HP & Torque in a 4-door, Ford should be looking at that April 1st (April Fools 2013) day approach - the Odette (FIN). Place the EB3.5 into a 4WD Fusion. Add the suspension, brakes (Big Brakes), good seats and dust the competition. Is the Taurus out? NOPE. Still a great car doing a great job. I could see this coming after the Focus RS arrives.
2. The new Continental: I love it. Not a HP monster. Looks comfortable, safe, elegant... I see an 'L' version and best of all, I see a Cabriolet or better a quasi-Victoria version. The rear Continental wheel will come as the aftermarket crowd get in on the action. 1 in 100 will get it right. Without, still sharp, smooth... elegant.
3. The new (Aluminum) Navigator SUV: Yes aluminum will shed the weight. I hope that it won't be too difficult to lengthen the chassis for the limo business or they could move back to where God intended them to be - the Continental 'L'. The new Navigator will make people think about buying a large SUV and that will be to their benefit - people per vehicle per mile = savings.
Lastly... Not all of the Ford product is Large and Fast (SUVs, STs, GTs), there is the high efficiency side like the 3-cylinders and the tech to get there. So far, Ford has the answer. Thanks.