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May 13, 2011

New Ford Explorer Wins 2011 SUV of the year

Ford Explorer Wins 2011 International SUV of the Year
Ford Explorer Named 2011 International SUV of the Year. Accepting the ICOTY Award was Ford’s Explorer Marketing Manager, Craig Patterson, center. (l-r) Presenting the award were ICOTY jurors, Joe Wiesenfelder, senior editor, Cars.com; Courtney Caldwell, ICOTY founder and editor, Road & Travel Magazine; Denise McCluggage, editor of denisemccluggage.com; and Mike Martini, president, Bridgestone Tire OE Americas
and ICOTY sponsor.

Ford Explorer Named 2011 International SUV of the Year by ICOTY Jury during private ceremony in NY.

The 2011 ICOTY Awards were sponsored by Bridgestone.

A new safety option adds inflatable seatbelts to second-row seats. These devices distribute the impact forces from a sudden stop over five times the surface area compared to conventional seatbelts so they pare the pressure on the rider's chest while also helping to control motion of the neck and head. 

Active safety systems include four-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control device with Roll Stability Control (RSC), which measures vehicle motion on both the yaw and roll axes.

And a new electronic safety device aboard is dubbed Curve Control -- it can detect when the driver runs too fast into a turn, then automatically deploys the brakes to slow and stabilize the wagon.

For power, all trim versions of Explorer draw from a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with DOHC (dual overhead cams) and performance-enhancing Ti-VVT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) technology.

Read full road test review by Bob Plunkett.

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