DEARBORN – The take rate on Ford Motor Co.’s midsize Escape SUV equipped with inline 4-cyl. engines has increased dramatically since the introduction of a new powerplant in the refreshed ’05 model, which hit dealers in late January. Less than 5% of Escapes were sold with 2L inline 4-cyl. engines in the ’04 model year. But the base engine take rate has increased to 20% with the introduction of Ford’s high-volume 2.3L inline 4-cyl., Christine Feuell, marketing manager-Ford Div. SUV group, ...

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