The Ford Motor Company is an American auto manufacturer based in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. During Ford’s time as one of the Big Three American automakers, since 1903, the company has produced and sold many different kinds of passenger vehicles, as well as commercial vehicles. Ford produces cars under the Ford brand, as well as a lineup of luxury vehicles under its Lincoln brand. Ford Motor Company also has investments and partnerships in many other automotive companies around the world, helping the company expand its expertise, resources, and global distribution. Ford is notable for its early innovations and developments in creating assembly lines for efficient and high quality production, and many of Ford’s production techniques have been adapted for different industries. Most of Ford’s model lineup, including Ford SUVs, are produced at a Ford assembly facility in Wayne, Michigan. However, other locations for sport utility vehicle assembly include plants in Chicago, Illinois, Hazelwood, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.
Ford’s extensive portfolio of passenger vehicles includes a wide variety of Ford sport utility vehicles, which draw on Ford’s decades of expertise in truck design, engineering and manufacturing. Ford’s sport utility vehicle lineup, including discontinued and current SUV models, showcases some of the longest-running and most successful vehicles in the category’s history. Many Ford sport utility vehicle models have shared design, engineering and development resources with Lincoln brand sport utility vehicles as well as some models from the discontinued Mercury brand.
The Ford Bronco is perhaps the Ford sport utility vehicle that is best recognized. Ford produced the Bronco over two time periods, from 1966 until 1977, and again from 1978 until 1996, which was marked by a move to a larger platform and a Ford F-Series truck chassis. Over these two production runs, the Bronco covered five generations. When the Bronco was discontinued in 1996, a new Ford sport utility vehicle, the Ford Explorer, was introduced to fill the spot in the lineup. The Explorer is a full size sport utility vehicle that has been available in both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. Around the time of the Explorer’s introduction, the Ford SUV lineup was supplemented by additional models, the full-size Ford Expedition and the even larger Ford Excursion. Though the Ford Excursion was discontinued for the 2005 model year, the Explorer and Expedition have been resized and reconfigured several times to meet the changing needs and tastes of Ford SUV drivers. Ford later rounded out its lineup with crossover-sized SUVs such as the Ford Edge and Ford Escape.