It Took Ford 5 Years to Reach 100k Milestone
Ford's 100,000th hybrid SUV has recently rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant. So far Ford has been making hybrid versions of its Escape and Mariner SUVs (34 MPG city/31 MPG Highway), and for the 2010 model year it will double its lineup with even more fuel efficient models: The Fusion hybrid (41 MPG city/36 MPG highway) and Mercury Milan hybrid.
From Ford's press release:
"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. "No domestic automaker has more real-world experience with hybrid vehicle technology than Ford, and it shows in the quality and fuel economy of our vehicles."
Good for Ford. Their hybrid system, which is closer to Toyota's than Honda's, has certainly shown some good real-world results. Many Escape hybrid owners report being able to get over 40 MPG, which certainly isn't bad for a SUV. The 2010 Fusion hybrid seems very promising for a car of that size - more so than the older Camry hybrid, for example - and we're looking forward to more real-world MPG data.
What I'd like to see more from Ford is plans for plug-in hybrids and electric cars. It's great that they're bringing the gas-sipping Fiesta over from Europe and improving the efficiency of their gas engines (EcoBoost), but that's only going to do for the short term.
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