TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Ford Motor Co. is delaying fleet availability of its groundbreaking Hybrid Escape until summer of 2004, Ward’s has learned. Ford Hybrid Escape Concept. Ford Div. President Steve Lyons says the move is being made to ensure the vehicle – the auto maker’s first offering with a gasoline-electric powertrain – performs as it should. Any company that might enter the high-profile hybrid market with a substandard vehicle “would never recover,” Lyons tells Ward’s. The ...

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