January 8, 2001

Ford announces colours and US pricing for 2002 Thunderbird

2002 Ford Thunderbird
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The 2002 Ford Thunderbird debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, with Ford announcing the start of public sale and a suggested retail price starting at US$35,495. Canadian pricing will be announced later this month. The convertible roadster will be in dealerships starting late this summer.

“Our dealers have been deluged with people who want to buy a new Thunderbird,” said Ford Division President Jim O’Connor. “The public reaction has been amazing. We are pleased to confirm that we are opening the order bank today – but we must admit that we expect this car to sell out very quickly.”

A fully loaded “premium” model – which includes a removable top with porthole window, 17-inch chrome wheels, traction control and unique interior trim color – is priced at US$39,795.

All 2002 Thunderbirds are equipped with a convertible top. A second “removable” top featuring the classic Thunderbird signature porthole window also is available. The Thunderbird is powered by a 3.9-liter V-8 engine.

2002 Ford Thunderbird
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A distinct two-seater, Thunderbird is designed to be bold and confident, with design cues from the classic Thunderbirds of the 1950s translated into a contemporary design language. Introduced as a concept car in 1999, the new Thunderbird has captured the imagination of the American public. The car is offered in five colors: Inspiration Yellow, Torch Red, Thunderbird Blue, Evening Black and Whisper White.

Orders for a special Neiman Marcus edition of the new Thunderbird – featuring a black body finish, removable silver top and special interior treatments – were taken last fall exclusively through the specialty retailer’s Christmas Book. All 200 of the limited-edition models sold out in a record 2 hours, 15 minutes.

The new Thunderbird will be manufactured at Ford’s Wixom, Mich., assembly plant.

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