Escape Hybrid Gets More Accolades as Ford Readies to Ramp up Program
– Last year, the Ford Escape Hybrid earned the 2005 North American Truck of the Year award, and was named the 2006 Top SUV under $30,000 by AAA. The Mercury Mariner Hybrid was named the first-ever “2006 Green Car of the Year” by Green Car Journal.
Ford is set to add to its own hybrid fleet. The Mazda Tribute Hybrid is expected out later this year, and by 2008/2009, Ford will have five hybrids on the road, including the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Mazda Tribute. By 2010, Ford plans to increase its global hybrid production to approximately 250,000 hybrid units annually, offering a hybrid power option in up to half of its Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury nameplates.
By late 2009, early 2010, Ford will be introducing its third generation hybrid system on products like the new Ford Edge CUV. The third-generation system will be V-6-capable, and the lead applications will be V-6 engine hybrid systems. Ford will also be working more closely with Volvo, Land Rover, and Mazda to deliver hybrid vehicles globally.