OAKVILLE, Ontario, Canada --- Ford of Canada will become the first automaker to bring hybrid vehicle production to Canada when the Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC) adds hybrid versions of the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX to its assembly line later this decade. The OAC will begin volume production of the near-zero emission, high-fuel economy vehicles by 2010, Ford said. The major manufacturing plant, located west of Toronto, is undergoing a $1 billion conversion so it can build multiple models on unique architectures. "Hybrids will put Ford at the forefront of vehicle assembly innovation in Canada, forever changing the landscape by producing vehicles that significantly reduce smog-forming emissions and are extremely fuel efficient," said Bill Osborne, president and CEO of Ford of Canada. "It's a forward-thinking decision for the environment and our Oakville operations." Production of the 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover utility vehicles will occur in the fourth quarter of this year, with hybrid production scheduled to begin by 2010. Specific product details for the Canadian-made hybrids will be revealed closer to launch, Ford said.

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