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Taurus X, Sable on Death Row

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The Detroit News takes the helm of the U.S.S. Obvious this morning, reporting that the Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus X are headed for the end of the road.

The paper says it reviewed documents that show the Sable and Taurus X ending production next year. The notion is that with the Ford Flex in production, Ford showrooms don't need the slightly smaller, slightly less attractive Taurus X crowding it out on the floor. The Sable came back to life just this year--but Ford's new plan for Mercury is for smaller cars and crossovers to complement the biggies over at co-brand Lincoln.

Both vehicles in question are built at Ford's Chicago assembly plant, which will begin building a new Ford Taurus sometime next year.

Ford had no comment to the news story.
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