Ford produces several SUVs with names that begin with the letter "E," including the Edge, Escape, Expedition and Explorer. Other SUVs with model names beginning with "E" include the Cadillac Escalade, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Honda Element, Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Enclave.
Several other makes and models have had names beginning with the letter "E" in the past. From 1988 to 1998, Chrysler sold the Eagle, a model inherited from the then-defunct American Motors Corporation. The Excalibur was a luxury car made from the 1960s to the 1980s and was designed as an imitation of the 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK. Although its only name consists of its class and the car's model number, the Mercedes-Benz E-class is a line of luxury cars that was introduced in 1993. The "E" in the model name came from the German word "einspritzmotor," which is a fuel injection engine.
In the 1950s after Ford grew from a family-owned operation to a public company, the decision was made to introduce a new car model to compete with the Oldsmobile. The new model was originally dubbed the "Experimental" model, which was shortened to the "E-model" and eventually named the Edsel. The Edsel never caught on, and the vehicle was considered a failure.