The 2016 Ford Explorer Visits Its Chicago Home

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Ford’s a very busy company these days. Both of its F-150 plants are now running at full speed. It’s going to get even busier, too. Instead of taking its usual two-week summer break, the Blue Oval will be idling five of its assembly plants the week of June 29 to meet demand for a variety of its vehicles, including the 2016 Explorer.

However, the automaker still found time yesterday for its popular model to visit the Chicago Assembly Plant which produces it as well as Police Interceptor vehicles, the Taurus, and the Lincoln MKS. In 2014, the facility exported approximately 54,000 Explorers. They’re now sold in more than 100 markets outside of Canada and Mexico.

The 2016 model went on sale last month in base, XLT, Limited, and Sport trims. Those four models (and probably generously discounted 2015 Explorers) helped give Ford its best May Explorer retail sales since 2004; they were up 24 percent for the month relative to the same period in 2014. The Explorer Platinum, which will take on nearly $50,000 rivals from GMC and Jeep, should help further increase the nameplate’s sale figures when it goes on sale later this summer.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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