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2010 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO — The return of the great American sedan.

Photographs by Jack Baruth

It would be poetic to say that the return of the Great American Sedan was announced as the speedometer of the 2010 Taurus SHO swept past the one-hundred-and-twenty-mile-per-hour mark with the insouciant prowess of a young Mark McGwire taking practice swings in the batter’s box. And it would be more than delightful to describe the way this big sedan trail-braked into an off-camber hairpin, smoking in sideways and providing my dry-heaving fellow member of The Press As A Whole the most panoramic view possible of the Great Smoky Mountains above the spectacular dashboard and sculpted bonnet while the steering spoke to me with crystalline clarity and the transmission snapped off two flawless downshifts. Or I could describe how, on a hill so steep walking it would be a challenge, the twin-turbo SHO squeaked its front tires for a nearly imperceptible moment before swapping drive to the back wheels and rocketing us up the slope with the force of a small-block Chevy.

The truth of the matter, however, is that I knew everything I needed to know about the 2010 Taurus when I was handed a floppy-looking interior door skin.

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2009 Chicago Auto Show In Review: Rockers, suckers, snoozers.

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Story and photos by Jack Baruth

The Chicago Auto Show makes no apologies for being a consumer-oriented event. At Tuesday morning’s media breakfast, the point was made again and again: we’re here to raise customer interest, to get people into their dealers, to move the metal. This is not an “international” auto show in the traditional sense of the word. The world media doesn’t show up, there are very few “major” revelations, and the bulk of the press events happen in just a single day.

Yet there was an underlying optimism to Chicago’s show that was entirely missing from the North American International Auto Show just a month ago. It’s entirely possible that there will be fewer than ten million new cars sold in the United States this year, but that’s still a heck of a lot of cars, and there are a lot of people who are still eager to put a new vehicle in their driveway this year. For those nine-million-plus people, and for the rest of our readers here at Speed:Sport:Life, we took the time to travel to the show and pick our usual Rockers, Suckers, and Snoozers. Our photography crew couldn’t make it, which accounts for the “Loch Ness Monster” nature of these shots, but rest assured they’ll be back on the job in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the highlights from America’s longest continually-operating motor show.

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