DETROIT – Although Ford of Europe’s luxury brands have yet to embrace gasoline hybrid-electric vehicles on a par with their North American parent, they are slowly beginning to examine the feasibility of the technology. In mid-2006, Volvo Car made headlines announcing it would invest SK10 billion ($1.39 billion) in environmental engineering research – with a concentration on HEVs. Concurrently, Ford Motor Co. revealed plans to establish an HEV development center in Gothenburg, Sweden, ...

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