Exploring the 2016 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer was introduced in 1990 as a model year 1991 sport utility vehicle. And in that time, with all of the ups and downs in the market, with all of the changes in gas prices and the overall economic situation in the U.S., the Explorer has managed to be the best-selling SUV for 25 years.
All in, there have been more than 7-million Explorers sold.
In 2011 there was a major model change for the Explorer. For model year 2016 there has been a major refresh of the vehicle, including new sheet metal ahead of the A-pillars, a whole new rear fascia, new engine options, new trim offerings including the top-of-the-line Platinum, and a new interior.
“Refresh” seems too weak a word for what they’ve done for the Explorer, which is sold around the world, with the mother plant being in Illinois, the Chicago Assembly Plant. (There are two other production facilities, one in Venezuela and the other in Russia.)
Last year Ford exported 56,000 Explorers from the U.S.
Arie Greneveld is the chief engineer for the Explorer.
And he sat down and talked with David Welch of Bloomberg, Henry Payne of the Detroit News and me on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.”
Learn what’s behind the engineering of the Explorer from the man who headed up the team.
In addition to which, Welch, Payne and I discuss a number of other things, including some low numbers from May sales (e.g., 40 Alfa 4Cs were sold in May, 58 Vipers, and 116 Cadillac ELRs—imagine).
You can see it all here:
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.
Last year Buick sold 219,231 vehicles in the U.S.