Ford makes air standard on 2002 F-150 XL

DETROIT — Following Chevrolet’s lead, Ford Division made air conditioning standard equipment on the base pickups in its best-selling F-150 series. Air was $805 extra on the 2001 F-150 XL trucks. It accounts for almost all of the $835 increase for 2002.

Other F-150 regular cab and SuperCab selections are up $30 for the new season. Ford did not make air standard on the XL models in the F-250 Super Duty and F-350 Super Duty series. Chevy did so on all Silverados.

Ford Division has extended its model expansion to the Escape sport wagon and the Excursion sport-utility for 2002. There are 12 Escape models, up from four in 2001, and 28 Excursions compared with four last year.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury increased the number of car models for 2002. The objective is to broaden the equipment combinations in the dealer’s inventory so customers can find the vehicle they want without resorting to special orders.

Aside from the F-series pickups, Ford’s truck increases are $30 to $60 on most Rangers, $50 on the Escape, $30 to $180 on the Explorer and Expedition, $230 to $465 on the Excursion, $60 to $80 on E-series wagons and $30 to $135 on E-series vans.

Mercury became the first make to raise prices after its 2002 model introduction. The Mountaineer sport-utilities have been increased $100 over the 2002 prices posted in mid-July.

Tags: Truck

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