DEARBORN – Ford Motor Co.’s successful venture into the hybrid arena has come with plenty of well-documented bullet wounds. Since showing a serious commitment earlier in the decade to putting the Escape Hybrid cross/utility vehicle on the market, the auto maker has been criticized for being late on its promises, weak on core competencies and shallow in its intentions. The Escape Hybrid’s success transcends profit margins. Early sales returns, media reviews and quality metrics ...

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