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September 28, 2005

Ford to Offer Hybrid Versions of Half its Lineup by 2010

Photo of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

The new Mercury Mariner Hybrid has an estimated combined fuel economy of
31 miles per gallon.
Credit: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company announced on September 21st that it will increase its production of hybrid vehicles ten-fold by 2010, expanding its offerings to more than half the vehicle models. Currently, Ford produces about 24,000 hybrid vehicles per year through its only hybrid model, the Ford Escape Hybrid, but plans to boost that number to 250,000 in just five years. Ford recently unveiled its second hybrid, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, which goes on sale this fall, and the company plans to introduce hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Mazda Tribute by 2008. See the Ford press release on the Mercury Mariner Hybrid and the Mercury Mariner Hybrid Web site.

Ford also emphasized flexible-fuel vehicles in its announcement, noting that the 2006 models of the Ford F-150, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car will all be able to be fueled with E85, an ethanol and gasoline mixture containing 85 percent ethanol. Ford said it could produce as many as 280,000 flexible-fuel vehicles in 2006. See the Ford press release on its hybrid and flexible-fuel vehicle plans.