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About Ford Explorer
When the Bronco II was discontinued in 1990, Ford replaced it with its sleeker and more powerful younger brother, the Ford Explorer. The first generation of Ford Explorers was released in March 1990. It featured a V-6 engine manufactured in Germany and Ford’s A4LD automatic transmission or a Mazda 5-speed M5OD manual transmission. Buyers could also choose between rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and five-door or three-door configurations. As one of the first SUVs on the market when they became extremely popular, this first generation of Ford Explorers sold over 431,000 units, and sales peaked at around 445,000 units for the Ford Explorer 2000 model (ten years later, only around 60,000 units were sold). The Explorer line also expanded with the introduction of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac in 2001, which featured a pickup truck bed in the rear. It used the same Explorer chassis, although it was stretched out to accommodate the small pickup bed. In 2001, the entire line was redesigned and made to look more like the Ford Expedition. The 2004, Ford Explorer also saw the addition of stability control, which detects any loss of traction and compensates for it, thus improving the overall safety of the vehicle. The fifth generation of Ford Explorers launched in 2011 and was quite an improvement over its predecessors. It had a D4 unibody construction, push-button and remote-button starting mechanisms, premium leather-trimmed seats, compatibility with the Apple iPod, rain-sensing wipers, active park assist, heated front and rear seats, and dual headrest DVD system, to name a few, plus HD headlamps and LED taillights.