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DEARBORN - On Aug. 27, 1993, Ford Motor Company produced its one millionth Explorer at the Louisville Assembly Plant (LTP).
The Explorer began production on Feb. 14, 1990 at LTP as a 1991 model.
Then company President Philip Benton noted that the new Explorer and is production systems were “more heavily researched than any other truck in Ford’s history. We’ve designed Explorer with better tools than ever before, and we’ve engineered it to be the best in its class.”
Explorer defined the segment 20 years ago, with more than 6 million sold to date.
Ford began building the latest version of the Ford Explorer at the company’s Chicago Assembly Plant in the fall of 2010 , marking a new beginning for both the historic factory and the iconic SUV. The Torrence Avenue plant was extensively renovated to accommodate production of the new Explorer, and all employees prepared for its launch by participating in extensive training programs.