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Ford Motor Company announced the 7-millionth Explorer sold in the United States today, sealing the vehicle’s position as America’s favorite SUV. The iconic Explorer was launched in the U.S. market in 1990 becoming an instant hit. For nearly a quarter century, it has been the best-selling SUV in the country.
“Explorer changed the way the world thought about the family hauler – adventure became something you could put in your driveway,” said Craig Patterson, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Explorer helped the family vehicle become an emotional purchase rather than a necessity. It’s no surprise it’s been the best-selling sport utility vehicle for a quarter century.”
Ford Explorer hit the market at a time when U.S. buyers were obsessed with minivans, offering family-hauling capability not found in most vehicles, and a design that captured the imagination of a generation. The V6-powered Explorer featured excellent interior space, and upscale Explorer models – the Eddie Bauer edition at launch and later, a Limited version – proved to be extremely popular.
Today, Explorer sales remain strong. Through the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. sales are up more than 6 percent compared to last year. Explorer is also proving successful outside of the United States, where it is now sold in more than 100 markets. Ford expects to export 56,000 Explorers from the Chicago Assembly Plant to markets globally this year.
Look for the new 2016 Ford Explorer to debut Nov. 19 at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. It arrives in showrooms next year, just in time to celebrate 25 years as America’s favorite SUV.
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