The all-new ’11 Ford Explorer will share the auto maker’s Volvo-derived D-segment platform that shoulders the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS fullsize sedans, a source familiar with the program tells Ward’s. The new Explorer, which will go from a traditional body-on-frame SUV to a cross/utility vehicle in the year’s fourth quarter, will be built alongside the Taurus and MKS at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant. The site has been underutilized, operating at a mere 22.7% of its 290,000-unit ...

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