Ford Motor Co. says it will begin selling a hybrid-electric powered sport/utility vehicle in 2003 that will achieve nearly 40 mpg in city driving. The Escape hybrid is the first SUV that will qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) under California standards, while offering performance nearly as good as a V-6 powered Escape. Ford says the SUV also will meet Stage IV emissions requirements in Europe before they become mandatory in the '05 model year. The conventional Escape, ...

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