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By Samuel R. Avro on Mar 11, 2009 with no responses

Ford Hits Milestone With Production of 100,000th Hybrid SUV

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Ford Motor Company is celebrating the production of its 100,000th hybrid SUV which rolled off the line at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.

“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.”

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker launched the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids five years ago and the vehicles remain the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market, delivering 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

“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.”

Ford dealers are preparing to begin selling the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, which, according to the company, will be America’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedans, boasting 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

The company says that the hybrids have evolved into durable and dependent vehicles. This month, a San Francisco Escape Hybrid cab fleet accumulated 300,000 miles with no major mechanical problems. There are now 250 Escape Hybrids providing taxi service in San Francisco and 1,400 in New York City.

The Kansas City Assembly Plant, which employs 4,100 people, has been the hub for Ford’s hybrid SUV production since 2004 when the first Ford Escape Hybrid rolled off the line.