I agree with you.
But if it's a numbers game, the 500 will probably lose due to the existence of the big T, just check out the monthly sales number on them.
also, there isn't much of a diff in size. the 500 is slightly longer; any longer and it gets into the CV's class.
can't wait for the Fusion platform and it's many variants, and of course the 3.5.
in my mind, the late 3.5 is worthy of a firing or two.
The Taurus is valuable to keep around because it fills the rental lots without causing later depreciation of the 500. Also, the Taurus is noticeably smaller than the 500 and costs a lot less to boot. I saw new Sables advertised today for $14k. The Taurus will get phased out but I like the way Ford is doing it.
I liked the original name for the Freestyle - Crosstrainer. Hopefully they will kill the Freestar soon - those names are too simlar.
not while the taurus is around, they compete with each other, and they are on the same lot to boot.
the taurus also has a station wagon version, the 500 is split off into a rebadged freestyle.
they should have named the FS the 500C and then killed the taurus, then you'd see some numbers.
they could offer a fusion station wagon and kill the taurus along with it's wagon version.
maybe make a crown vic wagon, call it the country squire put some of that killer "wood" tape on the side :-)
The likings of a 500 has to grow on a person... Don't worry it will be the best selling car in America by 2007. Especially after the minor design changes for '06 and '07. You can't buy an AWD auto anywhere near the sticker price of a 500.
Don't worry about us Ford people, sir, we'll take care of ourselves...
If you live in West Virginia, just say so. Are you ashamed so you put "Ohio River Valley" instead? How is anyone supposed to know by that? You could live in Illinois for all I know by that.
Have it your way then. I'll concede your arguement that WVA citizens have good taste in autos. I'm sure they do, but it, like many states, is not a California or New York where extremely high numbers of people own foreign luxury cars. I'm sure WVA has its share of those types too.
So if WVA folks have good taste in cars, why is the dealer quoted in the article complaining people are not coming into the dealer to look at the 500? Proves my point that the 500 is not up to par with its competition.