This happened while I was working there. At the time we were working 10 hours a shift (5x8 plus 2 hours overtime) and the occasional Saturday scheduled for 10 but would always wind up being 8.
The original plan (to the best of my knowledge, details have always been sketchy on the subject) was for the Taurus to launch almost simultaneously as the Continental, with the Lincoln taking priority since it was more critical to the bottom line. Then it bombed in focus groups (which akirby has mentioned several times) on top of the production capacity question, the whole program was dropped for North America. Given what has happened with the sedan market it was probably a good move financially despite the current D4 Taurus already being long in the tooth when the decision to axe the CD4 Taurus was made.
Edited by fuzzymoomoo, 11 May 2017 - 03:21 AM.