Ford Motor Co.'s decision to keep the Escort sedan in its lineup (see Ward's Automotive Reports — April 5, '99, p.5) apparently will be short-lived — less than two years — to make way for production of a new Focus-based vehicle at the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant, Ford sources say. The new vehicle, possibly a high-package hybrid wagon, could borrow styling cues from the Mercury “my” concept shown at the Detroit auto show and possibly be sold under the Mercury brand. However, no branding ...

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