2011 Ford Explorer hits the 100,000 sales mark

As the fastest growing mid-sized SUV in the U.S., the 2011 Ford Explorer has reached the 100,000 mark in sales for this year.

This number also represents the 290 percent increase from the previous year, with the 2.0L EcoBoost engines accounting for 15 percent of sales.

Amy Marentic, group marketing manager, says “The Explorer continues to be one of the strongest vehicles in the Ford portfolio, and we are excited to see it surpass the 100,000 sales plateau for the first time since 2007. The success of this vehicle is further evidence that we are delivering products that people want.”

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Not only has the SUV passed the 100,000 mile mark, the SUV has either tripled or quadrupled sales in each region of the U.S., and the model’s retail share performance has increased by 4.5 points from last year.

Refresher: Power for the 2011 Ford Explorer comes from a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine making 290-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission or the optional 6-speed SelectShift automatic. Ford will also offer an 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Also mated to a 6-speed automatic, the EcoBoost Explorer is expected to deliver a 30 percent increase in fuel-economy. The 2011 Explorer will hit dealerships with three trim levels including base, XLT and Limited. Prices start at $28,190.

– By: Alexandra Koken