Continual drops weren't yet big enough for Ford to lose hold of its crown as the builder of America's favourite SUV, the Explorer.
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In the meantime, the Escape was steadily climbing the leaderboard even as it aged. Escape sales jumped 9% in 2004, the biggest increase of any SUV in the top ten aside from the aforementioned Durango.
It's worth noting, General Motors relied on the second-ranked TrailBlazer's platform for 9.5% of the company's U.S. sales volume in 2004. The TrailBlazer's platform, of course, was also used for the tenth-ranked GMC Envoy (which, combined with the TrailBlazer, outsold the Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer by 35,132 units), Buick Rainier, and Oldsmobile Bravada.
The Ford Motor Company also sold 23,644 copies of the Explorer-based Lincoln Aviator.
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