While the new 2010 Taurus is preparing to debut in Ford
dealerships this summer, its slow-selling Sable platform-mate is officially departing the Mercury fold for good. The last Sable rolled off of the production line at FoMoCo's Chicago Assembly Plant just prior to the start of the Memorial Day weekend. There was little surprise at the demise of this full-size four-door as fewer than 4,000 were purchased during the first four months of this year and its April numbers dropped off by nearly 38 percent compared to the 2008 tally. The Sable's passing leaves Mercury with only four models in its modest 2010 mix: the Grand Marquis and Milan sedans
and the Mariner and Mountaineer SUVs. While the conservatively styled Sable can be rightly dinged for lacking much in the way of showroom excitement, it scores big points in the roominess and comfort categories and offers a generous feature set headed by a 3.5-liter/263-horsepower engine, six-speed automatic transmission and the choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Given the current state of the auto industry in general, we suspect the last remaining examples of this endangered species also will present some very attractive deals to buyers who favor practical charm over high-profiling potential.