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Ford Celebrates 25 Years of the Explorer with 2016 Model

The world of 1990 was truly a different place from where we are today. Then, the Internet was just a baby and not many people were using it. It was also the heyday of the minivan—something that was about to change.

Introduced as a 1991 model, the Ford Explorer filled a space in the automotive market that many Americans were searching for. It offered enough interior space to haul large families, just like a minivan, but had a dynamic design and had the capabilities to head out on adventures. Now, 25 years later, the Ford Explorer is still America’s best-selling SUV.

Ford celebrated 25 years of the Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show by showing off the 2016 model, which features more technology, such as front and rear cameras with washers to give you a clear view, enhanced active park assist, smart-charging USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and Active Grille Shutters.

The new Explorer also comes with an all-new EcoBoost engine—a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers at least 270 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available on the base, XLT, and Limited models. This engine is expected to maintain the Explorer’s position as a gas mileage leader.

Another addition to the Explorer lineup is a new Platinum series that adds the premium amenities customers are looking for – from multi-contour front seats with Nirvana leather to brushed aluminum finishes.

We’re expecting the 2016 Ford Explorer to arrive at Sanderson Ford sometime next summer.

25 Years of the Explorer

Ford to Extend Use of Fuel-Efficient Tires

Ford is helping consumers combat the rising price of gas by increasing the availability of their low-rolling-resistant tires to more models. The fuel-saving tires can improve fuel economy by up to 2 mpg.

Currently, the fuel-efficient tires are available on all four of Ford’s 40 mpg cars – the Ford Fiesta SFE, Focus SFE, Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as the 2011 Edge, Explorer, Fusion, and Taurus.  Now, Ford will extend the availability to the upcoming C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid, and Focus Electric.

The key to the tires’ fuel economy is low rolling resistance.  Rolling resistance is a measure of the force that the tire requires to travel down the road.  A 10% improvement in rolling resistance leads to a 2% improvement in fuel economy, according to Ford research.

In addition to expanding the use of the automaker’s current fuel-efficient tires, Ford is also researching new tire material and searching for mroe ways to make tires even more economical.

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