All-New Ford Explorer Wins 2011 North American Truck of the Year
JAN
10

The competition may have been stiff, but Ford has done it again, capturing its seventh win of the North American Truck of the Year title, this time with the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. With class-leading fuel economy, a towing capability of 5,000 pounds, available industry-exclusive second-row inflatable safety belts and Intelligent 4WD with an advanced Terrain Management System, as well as a host of other advanced technologies and features, the new Ford Explorer walked away with the prestigious title of 2011 North American Truck of the Year.

The North American Truck of the Year award recognizes vehicles based on factors that include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. A jury of 49 veteran automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be “all-new” or “substantially changed” from the previous model to qualify for the award. Last year, the Ford Transit Connect was the winner. The best-selling Ford F-150 pickup won the honor in 2004 and 2009; the fuel-efficient Ford Escape Hybrid won in 2005. This is the 18th year for the Truck of the Year award.

“It’s a proud moment for Ford, our employees and our customers to have Explorer named North American Truck of the Year,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Winning this honor for the third consecutive year confirms our One Ford plan is working to deliver vehicles people truly want and value, with industry-leading quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology.”

The new Ford Explorer is America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV, with an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the standard V6 engine. Technologies include twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), a six-speed automatic transmission, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff. The new Explorer also offers a wind-skimming aerodynamic shape to maximize fuel economy.

For SUV buyers putting top priority on fuel economy, Explorer this year will offer a 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ I-4 that is anticipated to deliver even greater fuel efficiency.

The all-new Explorer has been reinvented to reflect 21st century customer needs, while honoring the fully capable heritage of previous Explorer models. It is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and already is on sale at Ford dealerships across North America.

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Adam Will the Super Duty have the option of Adaptive Cruise Control?
3 year(s) ago via
Julian Maier big !
3 year(s) ago via
Greg D(etroit) You can call it a car, you can call it ugly...but for all of you haters, just take it for a test drive and you too can come to the realization that Ford packed the Explorer with more technology than any vehicle on the road today. The combo of style, technology, and reliability…Ford cant be beat…OBVIOUSLY!!!
3 year(s) ago via
CStang For the knowledgeable auto enthusiast, Ford is the way to go.
3 year(s) ago via
Rowland Wheres the Grand Marque ! Now thats a car. If I want my truck I drive my F350 disel or F250 Both are sweet 1999 and 1994 Both look new and they get used.
3 year(s) ago via
Richard Thuerauf i have shopped the competors out there and the new 2011 Ford Explorer has every thing that we can possible have on it. With it the new explorer you get the blind spot mirrors , rear camera and nav. My wife has a fused neck and this will possible help her drive again.
3 year(s) ago via
Nick Toomey @Bob. They are not making the North American Ranger after the 2011 model year.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Long Okay I have to make a few comments. 1. The Explorer is not a truck anymore it is simply a Taurus station wagon. 2. What do mean "Bring back the Ranger" Did it go somewhere?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Toomey @Stuart It's built on the Taurus-platform. Therefore, it's a car. Just oversized.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Hammer Go ford !
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kelly Flynn- Ramdial really like the redesign and new look of the new explorer...good job Ford.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan McDermott Much deserved!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
James H. Cofield, Jr That is great news to hear about my next vehicle purchase. I can\'t wait until we purchase the Explorer. Always been a fan of Ford products.
3 year(s) ago via
Anthony Fiore just cause it`s got 4 wheel drive, that doesn`t make it a truck.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Baxter Love it! Reminds me of how I felt when we saw our first one...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Anthony Fiore how can it win TRUCK of the year???.... =/ it`s an SUV. ;)
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Grassman the Ranger is still being made just not sold here, i think thats a mistake. i love my ranger v8 5 speed.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Grassman new design looks good.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Fran Coffey Townley Todd it is Beautiful but I want the Merc back.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stuart G Mills Well it's certainly NOT a car. But I agree on the ugly, and that includes all those EurAsian styles.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Erik Kowal 2011 explorers are insane! large sony monitors running off of microsoft programs! completely touch screen! 25 to 27 MPG! great base price aswell! thier a must see!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Toomey It's pathetic that a car can win truck of the year.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Sherry The new Explorer is one ugly looking thing. It's no longer an SUV, it's now just another crossover. 99% of crossovers are ugly to begin with.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stephen Westby um mercury was shut down....doesn't anyone pay attention.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Todd Wacha Mercury has been discontinued, Fran, sadly. I saw the new Explorer in person recently, and it is NICE!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Larry Lee the best company always will be
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cameron Conway I could not be happier to sell such an AMAZING product!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Fran Coffey Townley Yeeha , where's the Mercury?????
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