Ford didn't pull any punches with the introduction of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer that's going to be built right here in Chicago. In addition to having the vehicle on-hand and available to anyone passing by who wanted a look, Ford brought in the big wigs. In addition to Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn, both Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., and Jim Farley, group V.P. of marketing, sales and service, were on hand to introduce the vehicle and field questions from media and consumers alike.
The big news of the day--other than the vehicle, of course--was the fact that building the new Explorer in Chicago means 1,200 new jobs at the plant alone. There will be more than 600 new jobs with suppliers and probably a thousand or so more jobs for contractors.
Below is a sneak peak gallery of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. For a video of Bill Ford's speech prior to the launch, check out my blog post from earlier today.
By the way, if you go to the 2011 Ford Explorer Facebook page, you can enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win an Explorer filled with $2K worth of gear in the back.