View Full Version : Last Ford Taurus rolls off assembly line

10-27-2006, 11:08 PM
Ford’s Atlanta Assembly Plant, the production point for some of America’s most popular pickups and sedans for several generations, closed Friday after assembling the company’s last Taurus. The plant was 59 years old.

It closed as part of a reorganization plan announced 10 months ago by Ford Motor Co. to boost profits for the nation’s second-biggest automaker. It is survived by 1,950 employees — some of whom are taking jobs at Ford plants in other states.

Among the makes that rolled off the plant’s assembly line since it opened in 1947 were the F100, Galaxy, Falcon, Fairlane 500, Ranchero, Torino, Mercury Cougar, Fairmont, LTD, Grenada, Mercury Marquis and Sable. Friday’s end also concluded 21 years of making the popular Taurus, with sales of more than 7 million vehicles.

“The Atlanta plant and the employees there had a great run — the vehicles they built there were very important to the company,” said Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari. “Unfortunately, we’re in a transition period where we are working to align our capacity with the customer demand and as a result we have to idle several assembly plants.”

The plant, with a huge blue Ford logo painted on the side, may be best remembered for the Taurus, which was the nation’s best-selling car from 1992 to 1996. The car’s best year came in 1992, when it sold 409,751 cars.
The last Taurus to roll out of the plant Friday went to Chick-fil-A restaurant chain founder Truett Cathy, who has credited the success of his first restaurant in Hapeville to business from the plant’s workers.

“I received it with mixed emotion,” said Cathy, as he spoke at the restaurant across the street from the plant.

He plans to put the sedan in the auto museum of his chain’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, where he has other Ford vehicles, including a Model T.


10-28-2006, 05:00 PM
...then the bumper falls off. pooptastic.

10-28-2006, 06:25 PM
I use to work for Ford Credit long ago...the company is falling apart....maybe Bill Ford can right the ship....ohhh that's right he no longer runs the company. :lol:

10-28-2006, 08:53 PM
Great. :rolleyes:

Until now you could always spot bad drivers by their tauruses or minivans...now we have to learn half a new set of rules.

10-28-2006, 09:32 PM
It just gets worse and worse for American Car Companies.

Noodle Arm
10-28-2006, 09:48 PM
It rolled right off the assmebly line and straight into the mechanic shop.