The Ford Explorer will be dropped from the New Zealand and Australian markets for '06, because retooling the U.S.-built SUV for the two countries is too expensive. "The combined sales of both countries don't justify the engineering investment," Ford New Zealand Ltd. Marketing Manager Graeme Whickman tells reporters. Explorer bows out of Australia, New Zealand. "Ford (Motor Co. headquarters) worked closely with us on the decision not to have the right-hand-drive version,” he says. ...

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