TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Ford Motor Co. is "on track" in its drive to improve SUV fuel economy by 2005, says Susan Cischke, vice president-safety and environment. The rollout late next year of the hybrid gasoline-electric Escape "will help" Ford meet its objective, she admits. The HEV Escape will deliver 40 mpg (5.9L/100 km) in city driving, Cischke says. Precise volumes have not been determined, she adds, but Ward's is told the total could number more than 20,000. Because the hybrid SUV, by ...

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