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News Item: Ford Motor Company will rename its slow-selling Five Hundred model the Taurus, a name that Ford had previously used for a car that became the nation’s top-seller, company officials said Tuesday.

Top Ten Names Also Considered for the Ford Five Hundred:

  1. Three-Eighty After Rebate
  2. Flathead
  3. Not A Lincoln
  4. Fonda
  5. Felcher
  6. Festivus
  7. Excrescence
  8. Prefect
  9. Fairmont II
  10. Camry (hey, they’re desperate)

(Via Jalopnik.)


  1. McGehee »

    6 February 2007 · 11:38 am

    I recollect there was some eye-rolling when the 500 — er, excuse me, Five Hundred — was introduced.

    And in retrospect, it does seem more like something one would name a candy bar than a car.

    A really small candy bar.

  2. CT »

    6 February 2007 · 11:46 am

    Can’t wait to see the Feats of Strength performed by the 2008 Ford Festivus! (Voiceover: “Festivus — Yes, serenity now…”)

  3. Dan »

    6 February 2007 · 12:05 pm

    I might have to disregard my disdain for debt AND the budget if Ford offered a Prefect. Especially if it came with a Babelfish.

  4. Heather »

    6 February 2007 · 8:49 pm

    Was it Ford that made the Galaxy 500, that was my first boyfriend’s car, it was a 68 or 69, that car was fun. It took one heck of a beating the way he drove it.

    That would be a cool name to bring back.

  5. CGHill »

    6 February 2007 · 9:17 pm

    The first Ford Galaxie appeared in 1959, though I believe the 500s didn’t start until 1962. The Reverend Horton Heat put out a song about a 500.

  6. triticale »

    7 February 2007 · 9:23 pm

    And I seem to remember a movie which started with the line “Long, long ago in a Galaxie…”

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