LOS ANGELES – While Ford Motor Co. will market its forthcoming Escape Hybrid as a rough and tumble sport-ute, the company expects fewer buyers will opt for 4-wheel drive than do with the conventional Escape cross/utility vehicle. Currently, some 60% of conventional Escape buyers take 4WD, but that number will dwindle with the hybrid version, mainly because of the fuel economy advantages of front-wheel drive, says Corey Holter, marketing manager-Escape. About 40% of Ford Escape Hybrid ...
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