Ford Motor Co., the acknowledged king of sport/utility vehicle (SUV) sellers, is into the compact SUV segment with its all-new Escape, which goes on sale later this summer. The Escape hasn't exactly come quickly to market. Toyota Motor Corp. put compact SUVs on the map four long years ago with the RAV4. Honda Motor Corp.'s best-seller-in-the-segment, the CR-V, was launched early in '97. The U.S.'s only domestic-nameplate vehicle is the Chevrolet Tracker. A large part of the hold-up came ...

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