DEARBORN, Mich. (Nov. 22) — Ford Motor Co. has selected Hankook and Continental tires as original equipment on its 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles, which will go on sale in December.
Ford has called the launch of the five-passenger, V6-powered Edge/MKX its most important debut of the year. The auto maker thus far in 2006 has reported losses and falling market share.
Hankook´s T-rated DynaPro AS RH03 in P235/65R17 is the standard fitment for the Edge with the Continental CrossContact LX in size P245/60R18 as the optional fitment for the Edge and standard fitment for the MKX, Ford said.
Additionally, Ford will fit the export version of the MKX with the H-rated Michelin Latitude Tour HP in size P245/60R18 104H.
Ford is targeting sales of 100,000 to 120,000 units a year; the Edge will be priced at $20,000 to $26,000, depending on options. It eventually will replace the Escape, Ford´s small-sized sport utility vehicle.
"Edge underscores the bold, American design direction for all Ford vehicles going forward," said Mark Fields, Ford´s president for the Americas.
The vehicles are being assembled at Ford´s plant in Oakville, Ontario.