Mercury Sable
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercury
Model: Sable
Mercury Sable

The Sable station wagon ended production in 2004 and the sedan production ended on April 29, 2005. The Ford Taurus however remained in production until October 27, 2006, primarily for the purpose of a fleet vehicle. The Mercury Sable was a midsize vehicle created by the Ford Motor Company and sold under the Mercury brand. It is the mechanical twin of the Ford Taurus and it could be said that one is just a rebadge of the other. The Sable at first was a landmark design for Mercury and for the automotive industry, given that nearly 2 million units were sold during its 20 years of production. Upon its release, the Sable's design was so ahead of its time that it was hailed by the press as a model that was not from this planet. A particularly distinguishing feature of the Sable's styling was its front lamp that was low-wattage and was located between the front headlights. The Sable was later refreshed in 1992 and received its first complete redesign in 1996. The 1996 model remained the basis for the vehicle up through the 2005 model year. This was perhaps a mistake, as the model should have been updated over that time span in order to stay innovative and instead it became a relic of times past. A major sheet metal and interior redesign occurred in 2000, which softened some of the controversial design aspects of the 1996 model. Minor styling change in 2004 further refined the car. At the Chicago Auto Show on February 7, 2007, Ford CEO Alan Mulally unveiled a refreshed version of the Mercury Montego sedan and revealed that the new name of the car would be "Sable," due to customer recognition and dealer demand. This may prove to be either a disaster or a great success.

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