DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. dismisses as speculation the buzz that it will manufacture a Mercury product at its assembly plant in Avon Lake, OH. But in the wake of the auto maker’s announcement that Avon Lake will build the Ford Escape starting next summer, rumors persist. Scuttlebutt from auto analysts and United Auto Workers officials focuses on a new SUV or cross/utility vehicle (CUV). Meanwhile, as Mercury is eager to capitalize on the Mountaineer’s success and shed its image as a brand ...

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