3. Phil Martens, who was Product Development VP, was death on the D3 platform. He absolutely hated it. Believed (with some justification) that it was over weight, over cost, and poorly packaged; wanted to isolate it in Chicago and then kill it. No team was allowed to examine any product that used the D3, and you could count on an extraordinarly severe beating for bringing it up even in a pre-program "what if" situation.
Thats VERY interesting...I though back when Ford bought Volvo, getting its hands on the D3 platform was one of the major reasons they bought them
6. As I said, I don't have any experts to talk with, but I have a suspicion that the CD4 also might not have the width flexibility to accomodate a next-generation Explorer. But I have no idea what a next-generation Explorer would really look like.....Will full-size utilities still exist? Will they also have to go through a downsizing? No idea.
I think they'll still be around...look at the sizes...the Taurus is still actually bigger then the Explorer by an inch or two in overall length. I'm not sure if you can shrink it down much more or you'll be infringing on the Edge, unless the Explorer becomes just a 3 row Edge down the road?