Ford is expected to add 1,200 jobs at its plant in Chicago that will start building the new Explorer by the end of the year. Currently the Explorer is being built at Ford’s Louisville, Ky plant.
The Chicago plant has been underutilized the past year, but by shifting the Explorer production will likely add a second shift. Currently the factory employs 1,400 workers. Currently the plant produces the Taurus.
The next-gen Explorer is expected to be smaller and more fuel-efficient as it switches to a unibody platform. The final styling is expected to be based on the Ford Explorer America concept that was unveiled in 2008.
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