LAKE PLACID, NY – In 2000, when Explorer SUV sales peaked at 445,157 units, leadership was the name of the game at Ford Motor Co. The auto maker boasted 14 domestic vehicles among the top three nameplates in their segments, per Ward's classification. Seven, including Explorer, were class leaders, while respected models such as the Taurus, Focus and Windstar were among the three No.2s and four No.3s. Much has changed in half a decade. Only 10 Ford vehicles compete among the top three in ...

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