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First Ride: Autoblog gets hot in Dubai with 2011 Ford Explorer

by Rex Roy (RSS feed) on Aug 16th, 2010 at 11:58AM

With California's Death Valley conveniently located on the same continent as Dearborn, Michigan, why on earth would Ford ship engineers and the all-new 2011 Explorer all the way to the United Arab Emirates to conduct hot-weather and off-road testing? Especially on a crossover, a vehicle few people will ever drive off-road? The value of this 14,000-mile round trip became abundantly clear as I stepped out of the civilized, air-conditioned comfort of my shuttle vehicle, an F-150 SVT Raptor. The air in Dubai hits you like an atomic hair dryer. Unlike the heat in Death Valley, there's some... Read More

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