CHICAGO – Ford Motor Co. says it will launch production of a new midsize cross/utility vehicle (CUV), dubbed the CrossTrainer, at its assembly plant here beginning 2004. The CrossTrainer is one of 20 new products Ford says it plans to introduce each year through 2005. The CrossTrainer is a 3-row, 7-passenger model designed to compete with the likes of DaimlerChrysler AG’s upcoming Chrysler Pacifica and Mercedes GST Vision. It will feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – the ...

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