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January 16, 2002

Ford Shows Hybrid Escape SUV at Detroit Auto Show

Ford Motor Company is displaying the hybrid electric version of its Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the North American International Auto Show, now underway in Detroit. Ford confirmed that the vehicle will be available in 2003, and announced that its emissions will be low enough to qualify as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) under California law. The vehicle is expected to achieve nearly 40 miles to the gallon. See the Ford Hybrid Electric Vehicle Web site.

While domestic auto companies continue to prepare their hybrid-electric vehicles for production, U.S. sales of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight continue to grow. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced that it sold 15,556 Priuses in the United States in 2001, up from 5,562 in 2000 (U.S. sales of the Prius began in mid-2000). American Honda announced Insight sales of 4,726 in 2001, up from 3,788 in 2000.

See the Toyota press release and American Honda press release.

The Honda Civic Hybrid, unveiled in Japan last month, had its U.S. debut in Los Angeles early this month. Honda claims the Civic Hybrid will achieve about 50 miles per gallon and will cost about $20,000. Honda expects to sell 2,000 vehicles per month when it goes on sale in the United States in April. See the American Honda press release.