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Ford Raising Production Levels of Small Utes

Management looking to meet buyer demand.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Ford is increasing production of its hot-selling Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC by cutting shutdown down to one week this summer.

Ford Motor Co. plans to add a week of production at a plant in Louisville, Kentucky, that makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC by shortening the planned summer vacation.

Ford’s North American plants normally have a two-week shutdown in July, but the Louisville Assembly Plant will take only one week, Ford officials said, clearing the way for the automaker to build more than 8,500 vehicles to meet consumer demand.

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The production change is relatively modest, but it reflects the desire of the new management team led by Jim Hackett to show that it is paying closer attention to the company’s core business in North America. (more…)

Ford Confirms Return of Bronco, Ranger

Ranger returns 2019, Bronco back in 2020.

by on Jan.09, 2017

Could this Ford Bronco concept shown a decade ago could serve as a template for a new SUV.

They’re baaaack!!!

After plenty of hints, rumors, innuendos and leaked production plans, Ford officials confirmed today in Detroit that its bringing back the Ford Bronco SUV and Ford Ranger truck. Both will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

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“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. (more…)

Ford Unveils New Explorer Packages in Chicago

Automaker taking advantage of sales trends.

by on Feb.10, 2016

The new Ford Explorer gets a new trim level: XLT Sport for 2017.

Ford is giving the most popular SUV in history, the Explorer, a new look outside and in just in time for the Chicago Auto Show.

The Explorer gets the new XLT Sport appearance package for 2017. The new package gives the SUVs a sportier look and gives buyers a total of six trim levels to choose from with the Explorer. The XLT Sport will be available this summer, officials said.

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With SUV sales continuing to grow as gas prices remain low, the automaker is feeding the beast. While 30% of Explorer sales are its Sport and Platinum models, which are the top two trim packages. The XLT Sport nestles right in below those two while giving the ute a unique look. (more…)

New Explorer? Everest Concept Has Tongues Wagging

Seven-passenger SUV designed for global markets.

by on Mar.26, 2014

The Ford Everest Concept has people wondering if it could be a replacement for the Explorer in the U.S.

Is change in the wind for the Ford Explorer? Many are wondering after getting a look at its latest concept, the Everest.

On display at the 35th annual Bangkok International Motor Show, the Everest concept is a large, truck-based, seven-passenger SUV. Adding fuel to the “is it the next Explorer” fire is that it’s been cleared for production outside the U.S. It will be built in Thailand and sold in the maker’s Asian markets as well as Australia.

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“The Everest concept represents out vision of a global Ford vehicle with regional heritage that will allow customers to take on the world,” the maker said in a statement. “(It is a) bold new direction that we envision for a midsize, seven-seat SUV.” (more…)