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Ford Explorer hits 100,000 sales mark

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The 2011 Ford Explorer is a massive improvement over the last-generation model, and the Blue Oval's sales tally supports this claim. Ford tells us that the the Explorer is flying off store shelves, with 100,000 units sold so far in 2011. Those numbers are up 290 percent compared to 2010 totals, making the Explorer the fastest-growing mid-size utility vehicle in the country. This is the first time the Explorer has hit the 100,000 mark since 2007, and there are still over two months left in the year.

The Explorer appears to be selling quite well in spite of mixed reviews. While the vehicle came in for 2011 North American Truck Of The Year laurels, it hasn't fared as well in a number of comparison tests. Cars.com recently ranked the Explorer sixth in its $37,000 SUV Shootout, and earlier in the year, Consumer Reports ranked the Explorer as the 17th best utility vehicle out of 19 models, with complaints centering on the CUV's MyFordTouch infotainment system.

Ford would likely counter that the company is more concerned with what CUV buyers think, and those customers appear to be giving their vote of approval with their pocketbooks, and they might also note that the Explorer's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder model is only hitting the market as a 2012 model now (though it's already claiming about 15 percent of the model mix). Hit the jump to read Ford's official press release.Continue reading Ford Explorer hits 100,000 sales mark

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After having driven one of these for the past two weeks I can see why they're so popular.

IMHO, Ford hit a home run with this one!

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I have had a bitersweet taste in my mouth from my family's having Explorers since about 2000. Good at what they do, yes, and great that Ford is doing well off them. We had a 96 then traded it in on a 2002, which we still have. Great vehicle, very few issues save for the wheel bearings. Awesome in the snow, not so awesome at the gas pump.

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Just a Bitter taste here, I never saw the success of the SUV as sweet.

The sales figures are good news until 10 years from now when the car lines end up outdated and unchanged AGAIN.

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Lol, i just bought a 96 Explorer Limited with the 5.0 for a winter beater.

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Lol, i just bought a 96 Explorer Limited with the 5.0 for a winter beater.
One of the best Explorers, the 5.0 AWD combination was pretty good. Its a much better vehicle than the 2011s.

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One of the best Explorers, the 5.0 AWD combination was pretty good. Its a much better vehicle than the 2011s.
I was always looking for a good deal on one with the 302. I have 2 98's here, both with the 4 ltre, one needs a motor and the other needs a trans. Just can't find the time to do the engine swap. They gonna be on kijiji as a pair.

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We just looked at one at the ford dealer this week. Beautiful vehicle. Not so beautiful price tag. 4wd limited with sync/nav was 47,000. Ouch. For that money I would rather get the Taurus SHO.

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We just looked at one at the ford dealer this week. Beautiful vehicle. Not so beautiful price tag. 4wd limited with sync/nav was 47,000. Ouch. For that money I would rather get the Taurus SHO.
Yeah it was pricey. Best driving vehicle I have ever owned.

Wait you said looked. Did you drive it?
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