January 12, 2005

Ford plans four new hybrids

Detroit, Michigan – Ford said it plans four more hybrid-electric vehicles in the next three calendar years – in addition to the Ford Escape Hybrid introduced last year.

Ford also said the State of Florida is the first customer for new Ford E-450 hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) buses next year, and discussions are under way with the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

“My great-grandfather’s vision was to provide affordable transportation for the world. I want to expand that vision for the 21st century and provide transportation that is affordable in every sense of the word – socially and environmentally, as well as economically,” says Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford. “That means vehicles that are safe, clean and energy efficient.”

The expanded hybrid line-up includes:

  • Mercury Mariner Hybrid, with production pulled ahead for sale later this year;

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid, which will be on the road in the 2008 calendar year;
  • Mercury Milan Hybrid, which will be on the road in the 2008 calendar year, and
  • Test fleet of Mazda Tribute Hybrids this year and full-scale production in two years.

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