Ford to unveil better Escape hybrid

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 11:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON - Ford's 2009 Escape gas-electric hybrid will show improvements in fuel economy and provide more power, the automaker said today.

Ford Motor Co. was unveiling the 2009 Escape hybrid and the 2009 Mercury Mariner hybrid at the Washington Auto Show, which opens to the public on Wednesday and lasts through Sunday.

The sport utility vehicle was one of several hybrid developments at the show. Both Ford and Toyota Motor Corp. were displaying prototype plug-in hybrids while General Motors Corp. was announcing that new orders from three metropolitan transit agencies would more than double its hybrid bus fleet.

Automakers typically show off their fuel-efficient technologies at the Washington show, which is heavily attended by government and political leaders.

A new energy law signed by President Bush will require the companies to meet an overall fleet average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

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