Ford Five Hundred

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The Ford Five Hundred (code name D258) is a full-size sedan that was produced by the Ford Motor Company during the 2005 to 2007 model years in North America. The Five Hundred, along with the Ford Freestyle and the Mercury Montego, ended production at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant during June 2007. In North America, the name evoked the classic Fairlane 500 and Galaxie 500 models of the 1950s through 1970s. The Five Hundred was assembled at Ford’s Chicago Assembly plant, which previously produced the Taurus. The Five Hundred was introduced as production-ready at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and entered production that summer. However, the Ford Five Hundred nameplate is still used in the Middle East for the 2008 model year, despite having the name “Taurus” used on it in the U.S.

A facelifting redesign for the 2008 model year debuted during the 2007 North American International Auto Show, but the Five Hundred was rebranded as the 2008 Ford Taurus, which returns that name to the Ford retail lineup after a one-year absence. The facelifted model newly entered the Middle East market as the Ford Five Hundred, starting from the 2008 model year[1]. The previous Taurus — which used a different chassis and was a smaller vehicle size — was available in the 2007 model year for private fleet sale and in Canada, with no significant changes from the 2006 model year[2]. However, Ford doesn’t sell the fifth-generation Ford Taurus in Mexico, leaving only the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger as the only full-size sedans there.

The Five Hundred was classified as a large car. It is longer than its competitors (such as the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon) but still a foot shorter than the Crown Victoria. Interior room was emphasized in the Five Hundred’s development, and interior materials include imitation carbon fiber as well as traditional woodgrain.

Available powertrains consist of a 3.0 L Duratec 30 V6 engine, and the choice of a continuously variable transmission or six-speed automatic transmission. Five Hundred models were equipped with either Continental 17″ tires in the SE and SEL trims; the Limited trim featured 18″ Pirelli sports tires. The AWD (All Wheel Drive) system is taken from the Volvo XC90. It is not a “full time” system; when as power is needed in the rear the AWD system activates.

The car was based on the Ford D3 platform (also known as the Volvo P2 platform), which also supports the Volvo S60, S80, XC70, and XC90 SUVs. This platform was used on the similar (and also soon to be out of production) Mercury Montego (which is not available in Canada), and is also the basis for the Ford Freestyle crossover SUV.

The Five Hundred was designed to match the large car interior volume, but at the same time still have manageable outside dimensions, while delivering a lower than average fuel use. Its design is also notably tall for a sedan, giving drivers a high H-point and an SUV or minivan-like command of the road. The Five Hundred’s trunk was also larger than those of its competitors, so it can hold 8 full-sized loaded golf bags. The Crown Victoria’s trunk is 20.6 cubic feet, compared to Five Hundred’s 21 cubic feet, making it the largest trunk on any sedan sold in North America, and four cubic feet larger than the Taurus. Befitting its Volvo roots, the Five Hundred garnered class leading results in crash tests conducted by the IIHS as well as NHTSA.

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