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Ford Taunus

Ford Taunus
Displacement (bore*stroke)
Compression ratio
Engine control
Drivetrain designFront engine, rear drive
Front suspensionDouble wishbone
Rear suspensionRigid axle, coil springs
SteeringRack and pinion
BrakesDiscs, drums
Wheelbase2.579 mm
Wheels165 SR 13 (4,5")
185/70 SR 13 (5,5")
Length4.380 mm
Width1.700 mm
Height1.362 mm
Tank capacity54 liter
Payload volume min/max332 liter
Payload420 kg
Kerb weight1080 kg + driver
Maximum speed

Amazing, really, because in relation to the Ascona Ford offers the bigger car to a slightly lower price. The volume you notice inside at the elbow room, the seat comfort for larger people also rear and the greater luggage compartment. Even the engine is a bit more modern. However, it is also somewhat louder at higher speeds.

But with its dimensions and slightly lower performance it does not reach that of the Ascona. For everyday use, it does not matter. Since this is clearly more important, the more favorable torque of the Ford engine. Regarding the consumption its modernity and the lower masses with less cross-section compensate.

However, then 11 liters of premium petrol per 100 km with recommended speed are even associated the category 'frugal'. In town the consumption is not less. Also, the Suspension can not keep up with current. It is the last gasp of the rigid axle with front engine with rear wheel drive. At the Capri the are even with leaf springs.

Nevertheless, the Ford Taunus is a felicitous car. It losts already after a year its "hip movement", what one may perhaps regret in the USA at this time. And no one is bemoan the loss of the "Knutsen nose".There will be more elaborate successors with rear suspension and Ford will remain his reputation still for a long time, to build affordable vehicles with much interior room. 02/13               Top of page               Index
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