NEW YORK – Ford Motor Co. seeks to shore up its weakness in the all-important midsize car segment, replacing the time-honored Taurus with a spin-off from Mazda Motor Corp.’s acclaimed Mazda6 architecture. Unveiling a sketch of the ’06 Futura, set to debut in 2005, the No.2 auto maker ends months of speculation about the future of Taurus, which – says one insider – will remain available as a fleet product. Ford Futura Ford’s plan is simple: improve car market share. And the ...

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