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2011 Ford Explorer To Be 30% More Fuel-Efficient

2011 Ford Explorer To Be 30% More Fuel-Efficient

by on Jul.19, 2010

The production version of this Explorer concept vehicle will hit showrooms for 2011 -- and deliver a 30% bump in fuel economy, the maker says.

It’s been a decade since former Ford Motor Co. CEO Jacques Nasser pledged to increase the fuel economy of the maker’s trucks and sport-utility vehicles by “25-in-5.”

But while Ford will be a little late in that pledge to boost mileage 25% in 5 years, it will actually exceed the former chief executive’s goal, at least with the next-generation Ford Explorer, which the company has announced will get 30% better fuel economy than the old SUV.

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A key reason behind that improvement is the complete shift in the design of what was once the most popular sport-ute in the U.S.  Since its launch, Explorer relied on a truck-like, body-on-frame platform.  The 2011 Ford Explorer will switch to a lighter, more car-like unibody platform.

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