Ford Motor Co. says it has a three-month waiting list for its Explorer Sport Trac, which just hit the market about two weeks ago. “We've got orders through July right now. We have a 16-day supply. The customers love it. It's been very, very well received,” Ford Div. chief Jim O'Connor tells Ward's, adding he believes Ford Div. sales likely will top last year's total of 3.4 million vehicles.

General Motors Corp.'s '01 Venture/Montana/Silhouette minivans will feature a stowable third row seat option and a second-generation video entertainment system with a larger video screen and wireless headphones. For '02 the minivans will offer GM's all-wheel-drive Versatrak system and OnStar.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. will begin accepting online orders for its Prius hybrid car in June. U.S. deliveries of the car, base priced at $19,995, will begin in late summer, and Toyota expects dealers to be adequately stocked by October or November. Initial annual sales are expected to be 12,000 units.

Lexus will begin selling its first convertible, the SC 430, in March 2001. Based on the Lexus Sport Coupe Concept car, which debuted at the 1999 Tokyo auto show, the retractable hardtop coupe replaces the SC 300/400 coupes now being phased out. The SC 430 will be powered by a new 4.3L V-8 that produces 300 hp, an engine that will first appear in the redesigned LS 430 due in October. Pricing is expected to be in mid $50,000 range. Lexus forecasts sales of about 10,000 units annually.

Jaguar Cars has tapped movie director Spike Lee to help the luxury carmaker broaden its appeal to a more diverse customer base. Mr. Lee directed an eight-minute short film depicting how Jaguar cars complement the lifestyle of upwardly mobile African Americans. The film was shot in Harlem, NY, and opulent Martha's Vineyard, MA. Under the marketing deal, Mr. Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule organization will create marketing communications aimed at minorities. The movie is the initial product of the new deal.