SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The F-150 isn’t the only Ford Motor Co. icon that’s been changed to aluminum this year.
Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you’ll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.
For the most expensive Explorer series ever, with a starting price of more than $53,000, the company’s logo has gone upscale. Instead of blue plastic, it’s made of brushed aluminum to match accents used elsewhere in the cabin.
It’s a change suggested by CEO Mark Fields two years ago, when, as COO at the time, was reviewing a prototype with Michael Arbaugh, the Explorer’s chief interior designer.