Ford Produces 100,000th Hybrid SUV
“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 Ford 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.”
In addition, the American automakers continues to praise the fuel economy of both Ford Escape Hybrid SUV and Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV (34 and 31 mpg in city and highway cycles respectively), pointing that these two particular models "continue to be the most fuel-efficient hybrid SUVs on the planet".
The Kansas City production facility currently employs 4,100 workers and is especially responsible for hybrid SUV production. The first hybrid SUV to roll off the production line was the 2004 Escape Hybrid.
“All of us at the plant feel tremendous pride as we celebrate this important milestone,” said Ken Ward, Kansas City plant manager. “We are as enthusiastic about building the 100,000th vehicle today as we were at the initial launch.
And Ford isn't stopping here. The American automakers recently announced plans to "electrify" its production lineup by launching a next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid in most major markets by the end of 2012.