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Old 12-12-2002, 05:40   #1 (permalink)
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Today In Ford History--dec. 12

On Dec. 12, 1993, Ford began producing a right-hand-drive version of the Probe in a move to double export sales of the sporty, front-wheel-drive coupe. A left-hand-drive Probe had already been exported to Germany, which is a left-hand-drive market, and to Japan, which is not. The export models with right-hand-drive went to England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and to Japan, where U.S. manufacturers had been criticized for not offering a right-hand-drive version.

The Probe was first made in 1988 by Auto Alliance International, a Ford/Mazda Motor Corp. joint venture in Flat Rock, Mich. Remodeled for 1993, the Probe was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year. The base model that year had a 16-valve 4-cylinder rated at 110 hp, while the Probe GT was powered by a 24-valve V-6 with 164 hp. Probe sales totaled almost 740,000 when Auto Alliance ceased production in 1998.
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Old 12-12-2002, 20:24   #2 (permalink)
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Good article Luke , except Ford and Mazda ceased production of the Probe and MX-6 in 1997 not 1998.
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