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Ford Taunus II
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Ford Taunus/Ford Cortina (GBTS/TE). 1975–80 (prod. 1,583,699 for Taunus II and 80 in Germany, plus 1,131,850 sold for Cortina Mk IV and 80). 2- and 4-door saloon, 5-door estate, 2-door pick-up. F/R, 1297, 1598 (I4 OHV), 1593, 1993 (I4 OHC), 2294, 2994 cm³ (V6 OHV), 3273, 4089 cm³ (I6 OHV). Facelifted Taunus TC with new front and rear ends, though Turnier looked largely the same from the A-pillar back. Similar engines and transmission, but modern (for 1976) boxier appearance despite carryover doors. Ghia luxury trim added. Sold in UK, Ireland, South Africa and British Commonwealth countries as Cortina Mk IV. Built in Australia with some modifications as TE series with mammoth six-cylinder engines, with resulting bad effect on handling (despite spending a considerable sum trying to improve this over TC and TD). Australian models badged Cortina 4 or Cortina 6, depending on engine, with some differences including large indicators in front wings. South Africa offered GL, S and Ghia with Essex three-litre V6. European production to 1979, when Taunus 80 took over. Korean production by Hyundai to December 1980. Ford Argentina stuck with TC for these years and skipped straight to Taunus 80 shape for 1981.

Manufacturing locations: Genk, Belgium; Dagenham, England; Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Ulsan, Korea

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Taunus | Predecessor: Ford Cortina Mk III, Ford Taunus TC | Successor: Ford Taunus 80

q.v. Ford Cortina


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