The Sierra Club casts a rare vote of confidence Ford Motor Co.'s way following the introduction of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid cross/utility vehicle. The Mariner Hybrid initially was scheduled for 2006 but was pulled ahead to launch July 11 as an '06 model due to strong demand for Ford's first hybrid CUV, the Escape Hybrid, which was launched in 2004 to rival Toyota Motor Corp.'s successful hybrid assault on the U.S. market. (See related story: Ford Pulls Mercury Hybrid Ahead; Plans ...

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