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Ford Escape Hybrid Named 2005 Truck of the Year
While the North American International Auto Show is partly dedicated to looking toward the future of automobiles, participants also take time to recognize the best vehicles of the present, and this year, the Ford Escape Hybrid has been named the 2005 North American Truck of the Year. The North American Truck of the Year award is designed to recognize the most outstanding truck of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar. A panel of 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada determines the award winner. Ford has sold 4,000 Escape Hybrids to date. See the Ford press release.
Last year's North American Car of the Year, the Toyota Prius, remained a big seller throughout the year. Toyota announced in early January that Prius sales reached 53,991, an increase of 118.5 percent over sales in 2003. North America's third hybrid-vehicle seller, Honda, continues to achieve brisk sales as well, selling 27,215 hybrid vehicles in 2004, of which 25,571 were Civic Hybrids, 583 were Insights, and 1,061 were Accord Hybrids, which went on sale late in the year. Honda has sold 74,608 hybrid vehicles since the Insight went on sale in December 1999. See the press releases from Toyota and Honda.