DEARBORN – It’s unfair to slam the pace of gasoline-electric powertrain development by U.S. auto makers, says Philip R. Martens, Ford Motor Co. group vice president-North America product creation. Asked about the advanced position of Japan-based auto makers, which dominate the hybrid market with three offerings between Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Martens delivers an impassioned defense of Detroit-based OEs such as Ford and General Motors Corp. “When I read the ...

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