Explorer sales soar by 24.8 percent in November

The 100,000th police interceptor pulls away at Ford’s TDM facility near the Chicago Assembly Plant. Police Interceptor Utility sales have risen by 1.7 percent so far this year.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Sales of the Calumet Region-made Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle soared by 24.8 percent to 21,520 units in November.

Ford SUV sales grew by 13.4 percent to 68,139 vehicles sold in the best November in 17 years. Overall Ford sales rose 6.7 percent, far above analysts' expectations.

“Strong customer demand for Motor Trend’s new Truck of the Year drove F-Series sales past the 70,000 mark last month, a November number achieved just three other times in history," said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "In addition, Ford brand SUVs continued their outstanding performance with sales up 13 percent for their best November since 2000.”

Locally, Ford makes the Explorer, the Taurus, the Police Interceptor Utility and the Police Interceptor Sedan at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch just across the state line.

Through the first 11 months of the year, Explorer sales have risen 7.8 percent to 212,681 units sold.

Taurus sales have declined by 2.1 percent to 30,523 units so far this year. Sales of the once-popular sedan grew 11.4 percent to 2,146 units in November.

Police Interceptor Utility sales have risen by 1.7 percent so far this year to 29,884 units and jumped by 8.7 percent in November. Sales of the Police Interceptor Sedan have dropped by 16.9 percent through the end of November, and plunged by 27.4 percent in November.

Ford employs more than 5,000 workers at the Chicago Assembly Plant on the banks of the Calumet River and at the Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.