As you may be aware, we tend to see quite a large number of prototype vehicles driving around and doing testing at altitude here in the Rocky Mountains. However, we are not the only people who see test vehicles. In many cases, it is actually our viewers and readers who send in spy shots that they have taken from their regions of the globe. Today, we have received some very interesting images from Mike. Mike says that these pictures were taken near the Detroit Metropolitan area. The vehicle Mike spotted? This appears to be the new 2018 Chinese Ford Taurus.
As the badges should suggest, this appears to be the new 2018 Ford Taurus. However, there is certainly something interesting about this Taurus which we don’t tend to see on most of the spy photos we receive. That is the foreign lettering seen on the bottom-right side of the trunk lid. I am not an expert, but it looks to me like Chinese. What does this lettering mean? I certainly have no clue, as I don’t speak Chinese. However, I have been to China and while I was there I noticed that almost all of the cars in China have a similar badge layout on the back of the vehicle. Usually, there is the Manufacturer logo, the model name of the vehicle, and one more badge. In China, it was explained to me by a tour guide that this badge reveals the plant in which this particular car was built. However, that is second hand knowledge at best and should not be taken too seriously.
If there is anyone who can read whatever language that is and translate, I would be very curious to see if my theory is correct. It appears that Ford does still run an engine plant in China, as well as a vehicle production plant in Taiwan. So, it is possible that this is a prototype that happened to be built in one of these places. Please drop us a comment if you have any guesses as to what this badge could mean.
Regardless, huge thanks to Mike for sending in these pictures. Please be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more news regarding the 2018 Ford Taurus, and of course all of your other automotive news information.
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