CLAYCOMO, MO --- Ford Motor Co. on March 10 celebrated the production of its 100,000th hybrid SUV and reinforced its commitment to ramping up production of hybrid vehicles this year. Ford launched the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids five years ago.

At the same time as workers at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant celebrated the hybrid milestone, Ford dealers prepared to begin selling the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids.

"As we celebrate our 100,000th hybrid, America's interest in hybrid vehicles keeps growing, as does Ford's commitment to advanced powertrain technologies that deliver greater fuel economy, lower emissions and help enhance our country's energy security," said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

Today, the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV and Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV deliver 34 mpg city driving, 31 mpg highway. The newest entries to Ford's hybrid lineup, the Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid, deliver 41 mpg city driving and 36 mpg highway. 

The Kansas City Assembly Plant, which employs 4,100 people, has been the hub for Ford's hybrid SUV production since 2004, when the first Ford Escape Hybrid rolled off the line. 

In addition to the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids, the Kansas City Assembly Plant builds the Ford F-150 Regular Cab, Super Cab and Super Crew; the Ford Escape; the Mercury Mariner and the Mazda Tribute.

 

Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine

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