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2011 Ford Explorer rolling off Chicago assembly line

Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

The 2011 Ford Explorer is coming.

The all-new SUV has started rolling off of the assembly line in Chicago, company officials and workers noted today during a short ceremony at the Chicago Assembly Plant.

The new Explorer, built on the same platform as the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, helped bring a second shift and $400 million investment into the plant, said Jim Tetreault, Ford Motor Co.'s vice president of North America manufacturing.

"We are thrilled to bring 2011 Ford Explorer production to Chicago Assembly Plant along with the jobs and investment it provides to the region," he said.

With the addition of a second shift, Ford has brought back 1,200 workers to the plant.

"No details were overlooked, because we are dedicated to ensuring our plant continues to deliver the best, highest-quality products possible, and competes on the international stage in an increasingly global auto industry," said Jan Allman, Chicago Assembly Plant manager.

Over the past 20 years since Ford introduced the Explorer, the carmaker has sold 6 million units, making it one of the best-selling SUVs of all time.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101201/AUTO01/12010408/2011-Ford-Explorer-rolling-off-Chicago-assembly-line#ixzz16t6Wp3VK

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