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Ford's new 2011 Explorer represents a huge leap forward over previous iterations of the Blue Oval's mid-size SUV. In terms of efficiency, the 2011 model trumps previous Explorers by leaps and bounds. On the inside, Ford's use of eco-friendly soy-based foam has helped the company reduce its annual petroleum usage by 10,500 barrels. In addition, the use of recycled fibers on the Explorer's seats and carpeted areas reduce energy consumption by a claimed 20 percent over the traditional method of using virgin fibers.

While all of these features make the Explorer more green, Ford's latest claim regarding the vehicle's recyclability leaves us scratching our collective heads. Ford claims the 2011 Ford Explorer is 85 percent recyclable. While the number sounds impressive, we got to thinking, aren't most cars this recyclable, even Bentleys? This has been true since 2007, at least, when USCAR issued a statement that over 95 percent of vehicles in the U.S. "go through a market-driven recycling infrastructure" at the end-of-life and that the process recycles around 84 percent of each vehicle. Green Car Advisor claims, "the official average for vehicle recycling is 80 percent." Heck, the Think City EV is 95 percent recyclable, blunting the impact of Ford's claim. Follow the jump to learn more about Ford's eco-friendlier 2011 Explorer.


  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Taut, athletic lines give the all-new Explorer a muscular appearance. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The strong C-pillar gives the new Explorer visual linkage to previous models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all new Explorer features a weight-saving aluminum hood. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's sculpted sides give family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer XLT features a satin silver finish grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All models include standard dual chrome exhaust tips. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler was shaped in the wind tunnel to contribute to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Set the terrain management control knob to the snow setting and powertrain behavior is adjusted to increase traction and prevent wheel spin. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer enables family adventures, any time, any where, on any road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Switch the terrain management knob to the mud setting, and the system will optimize powertrain behavior for maximum traction and driver control. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer with intelligent 4WD and terrain management will comfortably take your crew and their watercraft upstream. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Behind the three-bar grille, Explorer features a composite bolster supporting the radiator. This innovative component saves weight - and fuel - while reducing manufacturing complexity. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All Explorer models feature bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers world-class craftsmanship, with tight panel gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Holes in the top and bottom rungs of the signature Ford three bar grille signify Explorer weight savings and efficiency. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler contributes to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers the Ford exclusive Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system. No more lost caps! (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Range-topping Explorer Limited models offer a comprehensive array of standard luxury features. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer liftgate proudly wears a Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT models offer impressive feature content. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Ford signature three bar grille proudly displays the Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Assembled with world-class craftsmanship, the Explorer features tight margin gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited series models come standard with 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with visible warnings in the applicable sideview mirror. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The interior of the all-new Explorer features design cues, clever storage, luxurious appointments and technologies that rival premium SUVs. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer interior features soft touch materials. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Driver-centric gauges and controls are intuitively operated and logically arranged. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Command seating and intuitive controls help keep the Explorer drivers' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Real metal speaker grilles and the forward-leaning center stack give the Explorer interior a sporty look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The forward-leaning center stack is home to MyFord Touch controls. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door panel speaker grilles are real metal, giving the interior a sporty, purposeful look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer offers a rear view camera, with zoom functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Convenient switchgear controls third-row seating functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted switchgear is new, reflecting Ford global DNA standards. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted speaker grilles are real metal, offering excellent sound transparency and a luxurious touch. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Optional on XLT models, a Sony branded audio system with HD Radio and 12 speakers in standard on Limited series vehicles. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission is standard on XLT and Limited series models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Left and right screens in the Explorer instrument cluster can be customized to suit individual driver preferences. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Supplemental steering wheel-mounted controls help keep driver attention focused on driving. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Terrain management takes the guesswork out of 4WD engagement. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer comes standard with three rows of seating (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: With second- and third-row seats folded, Explorer offers 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Limited series models feature a Sony branded audio system with High Definition Radio and 12 speakers. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The center console features a media hub for connectivity and mobile device concealed storage. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's center console features dual cupholders. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer features new Ford global DNA switchgear. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second row seating offers industry-exclusive inflatable rear seatbelts. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's second-row offers 60/40 split fold flat bench seating. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Folding Explorer second- and third-row seats gives 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer models with terrain management feature a console-mounted knob with four settings and hill descent control. (07/26/2010)

[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE

2011 FORD EXPLORER GOES GREEN WITH MORE RECYCLED, RENEWABLE MATERIALS AND INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY


* The 2011 Ford Explorer is 85 percent recyclable. The reinvented SUV leverages Ford's industry-leading use of bio foam and recycled fabric in its interior, as well as recycled steel in select exterior parts
* Ford is reducing its use of virgin steel by an estimated 119 tons a year by making Explorer's noise-dampening fender baffles from the steel left over from stamping out the door openings of F-150 body sides
* 2011 Ford Explorer, the new fuel economy class leader in the midsize SUV segment, uses Ford's latest high-tech powertrains and mechanical enhancements to achieve fuel economy improvements of more than 30 percent without sacrificing performance

All-New 2011 Ford Explorer Sustainability

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 5, 2010 – The all-new Ford Explorer is more than just the new fuel economy class leader in the midsize SUV segment. The reinvented Explorer, which arrives later this year, also sets a new benchmark for sustainability in the SUV segment due to an increased use of renewable and recycled content, such as parts made from steel left over from F-150 production.

The new Explorer also leverages Ford's industry-leading use of bio foam and recycled fabric in its interior. These and other eco-improvements help make Explorer 85 percent recyclable.

"Ford has made tremendous strides, not only in improving fuel economy in the new Explorer, but also in using more environmentally friendly materials," said Jim Holland, chief nameplate engineer. "By offering better fuel efficiency in an overall greener package, we're offering our SUV customers an appealing and sustainable product."

Explorer's eco-advantage
Ford is minimizing waste by making Explorer's noise-dampening fender baffles, which fit between the vehicle's outer shell and its inner structure, from steel left over after stamping the door openings out of F-150 body sides. The reuse allows Ford to reduce its use of virgin steel by an estimated 119 tons for one year of production. Using less virgin steel also reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 119 tons – about the same amount emitted by a midsize car driving the circumference of the earth 14 times.

The Explorer interior also incorporates sustainable materials to lessen its environmental impact. Explorer uses 25 percent recycled fiber in its interior fabrics, including seat upholstery, bolster and carpeting. The use of recycled fiber instead of virgin fiber results in an estimated 20 percent reduction in energy consumption, 17 percent waste elimination and 14 percent reduction in CO2 emissions for the Explorer's seating materials.

The new Explorer is the latest Ford vehicle to feature 40 percent soy polyurethane foam in seat cushions and seatbacks. Ford remains committed to using the bio-based material in nearly 100 percent of its North American vehicle lineup by the end of the year.

Soy foam has helped Ford reduce its annual petroleum oil usage by more than 10,500 barrels, and is up to 24 percent more renewable than petroleum-based foam. The use of soy foam also has helped Ford reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 11 million pounds – the annual equivalent of 965 typical American households.

"By increasing the use of recycled or renewable content in our vehicles whenever possible, Ford is helping reduce waste to landfills by millions of pounds – and the new Explorer is no exception," said Amy Marentic, group marketing manager, Ford Motor Company. "We believe customers will value these green features, as they help the environment without sacrificing the Explorer's capability, utility and safety."

Class-leading fuel efficiency
Fuel efficiency also plays a role in making the new Explorer a more sustainable SUV. The new Explorer excels at eco-friendly driving with two new fuel-efficient engines. The new engines include a responsive, fuel-efficient V6 and a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost™ engine. The EcoBoost engine delivers more than 30 percent better fuel economy than the current V6-powered Explorer, without sacrificing capability and performance.

"When we asked Explorer customers what they wanted from the 2011 vehicle, they asked for the freedom and empowerment Explorer has always delivered, with improved performance and significantly increased fuel economy," Marentic said. "And that's exactly what they will get with the 2011 Explorer."

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 159,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

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