Dates In Probe History
- September 1979 Ford introduced the Probe I concept vehicle
November 1979 Ford buys a 25% stake in Toyo Kogyo of Japan, later to become Mazda.
September 1980 Ford introduced the Probe II concept vehicle
September 1982 Ford Introduced the Probe III concept vehicle
1983 Ford introduced the Probe IV concept vehicle
1985 Ford introduced the Probe V concept vehicle
August 28, 1987 The name 'Probe' was officially adopted as the new car's name.
January 1988 Mazda begins building the Ford Probe at Mazda Motor Manufacturing Corporation in Flat Rock, Michigan.
May 12, 1988 Ford introduces the Probe at the Chicago Auto Show.
June 1988 The 100,000th Ford Probe is ordered.
June 1992 Mazda Motor Manufacturing Corporation is restructured as equal partnership with Ford, renamed Auto Alliance International Inc.
July 1, 1992 Ford acquires 50 percent of Mazda Motor Manufacturing and renames the company Auto Alliance International, under which the Probe is built.
August 1992 Ford introduces the second generation Ford Probe.
April 30, 1993 Production of new CD4E automatic trans axle starts at Batavia Transmission Plant in Ohio. The 1994 Probe is one of the vehicles slated to receive the new trans axle.
June 1, 1993 The 1994 Ford Probe becomes one of the first cars to have dual air bags as standard equipment.
June 10, 1994 Ford introduces U.S.-built Ford Probe GT and Japanese-built Ford Laser in Japan.
November 27, 1995 Lear Seating Corporation of Romulus, Michigan receives Ford's "Most Valued Supplier" award for the manufacturing of the seats in the Ford Probe.
April 1996 Ford takes effective control of Mazda.
March 17, 1997 Ford announces discontinuation of the Probe