Let Them Eat Used Cars

As the original Taurus was a precedent-setter in terms of style and became a huge success, is it possible that "The shape of a new machine" (Special Report, July 24) missed what the "grabber" elliptical styling will do for the 1996 Taurus--price and quality aside? Ford and Team Taurus have a car that is distinctive, not in the family of look- alike Japanese products. Too bad Richard L. Landgraff, who oversaw the Taurus redesign, had to echo CEO Alex Trotman's oft-aloof statements with his "Let Joe Blow buy a used car" remark. Not exactly swift marketing.

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