The highly scrutinized rollout of Ford Motor Co.'s '02 Explorer will serve as a launch template for the '02 Thunderbird and '03 Expedition and Navigator, the automaker says. Thunderbird is expected in showrooms by late summer while the redesigned Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator are due in early 2002. Gradual rollouts are a long-standing practice of firms such as Toyota Motors Corp., but inspiration for the '02 Explorer launch comes from Ford of Europe's introduction last year of the ...

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