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Ford Announces Plans for Third Hybrid Vehicle as Hybrid Escape Debuts
Ford Motor Company officially debuted its Hybrid Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the New York International Auto Show in early April, and announced plans to build a hybrid-electric version of its Mercury Mariner compact SUV in late 2006. The 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV is the third hybrid vehicle planned by Ford: The company has previously announced plans to build a hybrid electric midsize sedan. Ford has also created a new company group to develop hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. See the Ford press release.
Ford took advantage of the New York City location to demonstrate the range of its new Hybrid Escape, driving it non-stop around Manhattan. The vehicle traveled 576 miles on one tank of gasoline, averaging more than 38 miles per gallon in the dense city driving conditions. With several celebrity drivers taking turns at the wheel, the trip lasted 37 hours, which makes the average speed about 15 miles per hour. See the Ford press release.
The New York International Auto Show opened to the public on April 9th and continues through April 18th.