Claycomo, Missouri – Ford Motor Company has celebrated the production of its 100,000th hybrid SUV, sold as the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. The company said it is reinforcing its commitment to ramp up hybrid vehicle production this year with the introduction of the all-new 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 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.”

The Kansas City Assembly Plant, which employs 4,100 people, has been the hub of Ford’s hybrid SUV since 2004, when it built the first Escape Hybrid. The plant uses flexible manufacturing that allows it to build the hybrids on the same production line as conventional Escape and Mariner models.

The plant also builds the Ford F-150 and Mazda Tribute.

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