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Ford Motor Company Hybrid Sales Up 115 Percent as April Sets Best-Ever Sales Record
PRNewswire ^ | 5/2/2006 | Ford Motor Company

Posted on 05/02/2006 8:07:22 AM PDT by eraser2005

* Ford Motor Company hybrid sales have seen three months of double-digit sales increases, fueled by increasing consumer awareness, gas prices, and company and government incentives * Sales success shows there is a strong demand for affordable, fuel- efficient hybrid vehicles that deliver both economic and environmental benefits * Ford Motor Company remains the only domestic automaker with a hybrid on the road and will produce up to 250,000 hybrid vehicles globally by 2010

(Excerpt) Read more at biz.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; US: Michigan; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: auto; car; driverreturnsonfoot; energy; failsonraceday; firstonrecallday; fixorrepairdaily; ford; fordmotor; foundonroaddead; fuel; gas; hybrid; mileage; motorcraft
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Well, it looks like gas prices may be affecting some sales... but then Ford also added some regional incentives on the hybrid - so it just goes to prove that you need to know your market as well. Honda's getting a harsh lesson on this with their Accord hybrid that no one seems to want.
1 posted on 05/02/2006 8:07:25 AM PDT by eraser2005
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To: DoughtyOne

*ping*

Thought you might be interested since you have one of these, iirc...


2 posted on 05/02/2006 8:08:33 AM PDT by eraser2005
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To: eraser2005

5 or 6 years from now, we'll be wondering what to do with a lot of great big batteries.


3 posted on 05/02/2006 8:14:14 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: eraser2005

115 percent of a small number is still a small number. The big numbers are the incentives, financing and tax, to sell a total of 3420 vehicles, 1% of Fords monthly sales volume.


4 posted on 05/02/2006 8:15:07 AM PDT by mpreston
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To: eraser2005

Just for the record, I have one of these and I average 30.2 mpg over 4,500 miles. Pretty close to the posted mileage sticker. About a 50% improvement over the conventional Escape.


5 posted on 05/02/2006 8:16:02 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: eraser2005

LOL. They produced 3,420 in the month of April up from the 1,590 in March and the 1,341 in February. Percentages can be misleading.


6 posted on 05/02/2006 8:18:37 AM PDT by kabar
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To: RichardW

How long do you plan to keep it ? What will you get for it when you trade ?


7 posted on 05/02/2006 8:20:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: RichardW

"Just for the record, I have one of these and I average 30.2 mpg over 4,500 miles. Pretty close to the posted mileage sticker. About a 50% improvement over the conventional Escape."

I get between 19 and 21 mpg in my 7300 lb. Dodge Cummins 3/4 ton diesel 4X4 ... and do a LOT MORE work with my truck than you can do with an Escape. Also, my VW Jetta TDI (Turbo Diesel) gets between 51 and 55mpg constantly.

GO DIESEL .... go out and get a new 2006 VW TDI 5-speed before there all gone ... VW won't be selling any more turbo diesels till 2009.


8 posted on 05/02/2006 8:20:55 AM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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To: eraser2005

How often do you have to change the hamsters?


9 posted on 05/02/2006 8:22:44 AM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: eraser2005

I wouldn't buy a pair of tube socks if they were made by Ford
let alone a new car or truck...

-Push off your sodomite marriage agenda in some other country
Ford


10 posted on 05/02/2006 8:27:38 AM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: MaDuce
You can forget about diesels for automobiles until they fix the problem of removing higher NOx output and diesel particulates from the exhaust gases. Mercedes-Benz's BlueTec does work but that is a very expensive solution.
11 posted on 05/02/2006 8:28:48 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I have no idea how long I will keep it. I was intrigued with the technology. What I do know is that the fuel mileage increase is real.


12 posted on 05/02/2006 8:33:10 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"5 or 6 years from now, we'll be wondering what to do with a lot of great big batteries."

Come on, put the environment first. We must stop CO2! The batteries can alway be dumped into the ocean... France dumps nuclear waste in the ocean why not a few batteries. /sar
13 posted on 05/02/2006 8:37:45 AM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: RichardW

"Just for the record, I have one of these and I average 30.2 mpg over 4,500 miles. Pretty close to the posted mileage sticker. About a 50% improvement over the conventional Escape."

That is all you get with a hybrid? I have a Chevy Aveo and get mid twenties. Heck, my 1980 volvo gets 20. I like the hybrid concept but it does not sound like much bang for the buck.


14 posted on 05/02/2006 8:42:40 AM PDT by DonaldC
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To: RichardW
My local Ford salesman (I have two 2004 Fords) says the resale might not be so good. I agree, the mileage is there. I'd get a newer one as soon as they are available tho.
15 posted on 05/02/2006 8:43:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: eraser2005
I find the hybrid cars amusing. My husbands folks recently went in to a retirement home and left us their old Honda Civic (can't remember what year it is, but it's pretty old), It has 90,000 miles on it and runs beautifully. It also gets 37 miles to the gallon. You'd think after 25 years or more that these hybrids would be cheap and plentiful, not to mention get twice the mileage as the old Honda Civic!
16 posted on 05/02/2006 8:43:36 AM PDT by Sweetjustusnow (Mr. President and Representatives, do your duty to uphold our laws or you are all gone.)
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To: oyez

"How often do you have to change the hamsters?"

ROFLMAO. I was going to ask how long does it take to wind up the rubber band.



17 posted on 05/02/2006 8:46:18 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats = The Culture of Treason)
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To: DonaldC

"That is all you get with a hybrid?"

I guess that's pretty good for an SUV, I don't know. My new Pontiac with a pushrod 240hp V6 is showing 27.7 MPG right now. Granted, that 6th gear helps a lot.


18 posted on 05/02/2006 8:47:24 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: joesnuffy

"I wouldn't buy a pair of tube socks if they were made by Ford let alone a new car or truck..."

An Expedition saved my life. When I buy a truck, that will be the truck I buy.


19 posted on 05/02/2006 8:47:31 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats = The Culture of Treason)
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To: RichardW

Just for the record, I have one of these and I average 30.2 mpg over 4,500 miles.



My wife's Mercedes E320 averages about 29 MPG. My friend's new Corvette gets 30 MPG on the highway.


20 posted on 05/02/2006 8:48:13 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: DonaldC

"That is all you get with a hybrid? I have a Chevy Aveo and get mid twenties. Heck, my 1980 volvo gets 20. I like the hybrid concept but it does not sound like much bang for the buck."

My 97 Infiniti gets over 20.


21 posted on 05/02/2006 8:48:15 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats = The Culture of Treason)
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To: joesnuffy

If you're going based on what AFA or CCV tells you what to do, I feel sorry for you... if you want to boycott companies feel free, but you'll have to boycott almost every single company out there...


22 posted on 05/02/2006 8:48:28 AM PDT by eraser2005
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To: eraser2005

We just got a Ford Escape hybrid at work. It is a really nice car, and gets 30 MPG. There is a gremlin in the tire pressure sensor, but other than that, it is a first-class product, all the way.

I think they have a winner on their hands. A tad pricey for my tastes at $31,000, but not out-of-the-ballpark expensive.


23 posted on 05/02/2006 8:51:06 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (RICE 2008)
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To: joesnuffy
I wouldn't buy a pair of tube socks if they were made by Ford

But they're built "Ford tough!" (Cue the forged steel "Built Ford Tough" plate dropping on your toe)

24 posted on 05/02/2006 8:52:04 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (FR's most controversial FReeper)
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To: Beelzebubba
My wife's Mercedes E320 averages about 29 MPG. My friend's new Corvette gets 30 MPG on the highway.

Used Lexus ES gets 28 Mpg. Used Lexus RX gets 19 mpg (doh!) but it was my wife's B-Day gift and she never asks for anything and it's a nice ride. Plus we'll be driving these long after hybrid batteries begin to die.

25 posted on 05/02/2006 8:52:41 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: eraser2005
My boring Saturn 4-door gets over 35 mpg.

Another example of liberals having orgasms over a solution that actually does little to improve things. (It's all about control for them.)

26 posted on 05/02/2006 8:55:29 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: joesnuffy
>>I wouldn't buy a pair of tube socks if they were made by Ford let alone a new car or truck...<<

I will not buy a Ford either but not for so much for their lack of morals as their lack of quality.

Muleteam1

27 posted on 05/02/2006 8:56:08 AM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: bondjamesbond

"I think they have a winner on their hands. A tad pricey for my tastes at $31,000, but not out-of-the-ballpark expensive."

I think that is the one with all the bells and whistles. Mine cost about $26,800 and I got a pretty decent trade-in on my 2003 Escape. But they are offering a $2,350 tax credit this year and favorable financing so it would have been better to have waited having perfect hindsight. It's been a pretty decent vehicle. The only problem I have had with it is the horn relay. Kind of an odd problem. It runs fine and is otherwise transparent in operation. I've ran on electric power under ideal conditions to 38 mph (downhill) although generally the gas engine kicks in at about 15 mph.

What's neat and real is that one can actually see their average mpg go UP when braking as the regenerative recovery of lost energy is fed back into the battery. I'm just speculating but I would guess one could get 50+ mpg plus coming down a mountain road.

I took mine in for an oil change an filter last week but they didn't really want to do it. Ordinarily they don't recommend oil changes but every 10,000 miles. I just decided that 4,500 miles since I purchased it was sufficient. Besides it was free. I also rotated the tires but that cost me $10. With the rough roads where I live that is a necessity.


28 posted on 05/02/2006 9:05:25 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: RichardW

My GMC S15 has been getting 25+ mpg on average for 189K miles. Our Ply mini van has been getting over 26 mpg for 170+K miles. The GMC has always had very low emission test results, while the Ply has posted "zero" CO and HC test results several times. However, we plan on buying hybrids in the future none the less.


29 posted on 05/02/2006 9:11:45 AM PDT by VOATNOW1
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To: MaDuce

you're right about diesel... IMHO Diesel hybrid or plain diesel IS the way to go...


30 posted on 05/02/2006 9:17:03 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Muleteam1

"I will not buy a Ford either but not for so much for their lack of morals as their lack of quality"

My wife and I bought a Ford once. Never again. I offered to buy my wife a 2005 Mustang and she wanted nothing to do with another Ford. This is no joke.


31 posted on 05/02/2006 9:21:10 AM PDT by VOATNOW1
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To: DonaldC

I had an old 4 cylinder Volvo that did 25 miles per gallon on the cheapest regular gas I could find. Burned no oil unless I pushed it over 75. It had 360,000 miles when a lady drove into the back end and pushed me into another car. The motor and 4 speed tranny were transplanted into a Model T rod project. Its still running.


32 posted on 05/02/2006 9:21:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: eraser2005

vay need to pimp dare ride,yah....


33 posted on 05/02/2006 9:25:42 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (lead ,follow or get out of the majority.start with our borders.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
My local Ford salesman (I have two 2004 Fords) says the resale might not be so good.

Has anyone looked at leasing one? That will give you a clear idea what Ford thinks it will be worth in 24 or 36 months.

A 2004 base Pruis on Edmunds is showing a trade-in value of $17K.

a 2004 base Honda Insight is showing a trade in value of $14K.

34 posted on 05/02/2006 9:36:46 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: VOATNOW1

I have a 1995 Ford Mustang GT Conv't and 2002 Exploer. I love both!


35 posted on 05/02/2006 9:39:40 AM PDT by chris1 (I)
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To: RichardW

Powder..Patch..Ball FIRE!

I have a 1989 Toyota Celica that gets 31mpg with the AC running.... and me doing 80 on the highway....


36 posted on 05/02/2006 9:42:33 AM PDT by BallandPowder
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To: BallandPowder

How many miles on this critter ?


37 posted on 05/02/2006 9:54:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: MaDuce

I was looking at the Jetta TDI the other day. What is the acceleration like? Slow from 0-40?


38 posted on 05/02/2006 9:58:41 AM PDT by Holicheese (Stanley Cup's new home will be North Carolina!)
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To: VOATNOW1
I've still got bad scars on my arm from third degree burns suffered from a Ford Ranger fire over fifteen years ago. I can tell you was very nearly

Found On the Road Dead that day.

39 posted on 05/02/2006 10:00:40 AM PDT by Muleteam1
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To: Teacher317

Will John Kerry and John Edwards be selling their Ford Escape Hybrids anytime soon? What they only said they were going to buy them during the last election?


40 posted on 05/02/2006 10:00:50 AM PDT by Holicheese (Stanley Cup's new home will be North Carolina!)
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To: eraser2005

The total sales figures are so SMALL it's easy to get LARGER year to year increases as compared to the normal sales rates.


41 posted on 05/02/2006 10:02:02 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: MaDuce

"VW won't be selling any more turbo diesels till 2009"

Whats with that?

VW diesels transplants are hard to come by now. I tried to get one for my 88 Samurai and nobody had any.


42 posted on 05/02/2006 10:11:29 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: RichardW
"I'm just speculating but I would guess one could get 50+ mpg plus coming down a mountain road."


43 posted on 05/02/2006 10:11:30 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: MaDuce
VW Jetta TDI (Turbo Diesel)
gets between 51 and 55mpg.

What is keeping US automakers off the diesel? Diesels ain't rocket science. The VW TDI has been around forever, so it's not like we'd be breaking some technical frontier. BTW, its engine is a beautiful thing.

Chrysler hooked up with Benz, so where are the small- diesel Chryslers? Where are the small diesel-electric hybrids? Jeez-Louise, even Peugeot has a beautiful little diesel! Toyota has a little 1.8 liter beauty that goes great. The euros have solved the diesel smog thing .. so what's holding this up.

Hello? Where is my American-made diesel?

44 posted on 05/02/2006 11:44:19 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Any legal immigrant who wants to join me as an American, is welcome.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Powder..Patch..Ball FIRE!

277,000 hard miles....(grin)


45 posted on 05/02/2006 11:47:53 AM PDT by BallandPowder
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To: Holicheese

"I was looking at the Jetta TDI the other day. What is the acceleration like? Slow from 0-40?"

The acceleration is great!. Mine is a 2003 with a 90hp 155lb.ft. torque engine and it zips ... especially on the highway. The newer TDI (2004 - 2006) have 100hp 177lbft. engines and have PLENTY of power. You won't know it by the engine spec numbers, but if you drove one you'll feel it big time. My neighbor bought a used 2003 this past fall after taking mine for one test drive.

You HAVE TO GET THE MANUAL tranny to get the great mpg., plus it is very fun to drive.

If you have time ... go out and test drive one and buy it ASAP! My dealer (Beranger VW in Rochester NH) has about 10 in stock and will get a bunch more this summer for a final blow out this fall. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED when you test drive one. Get the Jetta sedan or wagon (if you can find one).

Check out www.tdiclub.com for more info.


46 posted on 05/02/2006 11:50:09 AM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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To: RichardW
Just for the record, I have one of these and I average 30.2 mpg over 4,500 miles. Pretty close to the posted mileage sticker. About a 50% improvement over the conventional Escape.

Not bad. That's what my little Saturn gets. The Escape may replace our minivan when it goes, but I'm wondering about battery life. Does Ford make any claims about that?

47 posted on 05/02/2006 11:50:38 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Cold Heart

""VW won't be selling any more turbo diesels till 2009"

Whats with that?

VW diesels transplants are hard to come by now. I tried to get one for my 88 Samurai and nobody had any."

The "Pump-Duce" fuel pump in the current VW engine will not meet the STUPID INSANE EPA 2007 regulations, but is fine for the European emission regs till 2009/2010. VW will keep their nice little 2.0L diesels out of the US till 2009 (the 2010 model year) with the next EU/EPA air quality regs to take effect 01/01/10. VW is going to Common Rail injection along with Urea injection in 2010 based on the "rumors".

So, if you want a new VW TDI ... get it now or wait a long time.


48 posted on 05/02/2006 11:55:10 AM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
It had 360,000

That's veeeery impressive.

49 posted on 05/02/2006 11:57:25 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: MaDuce

Thanks, I just moved south from Peabody MA. Best thing I ever did.
I have been driving my 97 VW GTI and not excited about having a car payment again. I never EVER go under 30 MPH no matter how aggressively or defensively I drive.
I like the idea of the TDI. My mom drove a Mercedes Turbo Diesel for years and loved it.

Swing in for a beer some day.


50 posted on 05/02/2006 11:58:36 AM PDT by Holicheese (Stanley Cup's new home will be North Carolina!)
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