- Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. automaker, began taking orders yesterday for a hybrid version of its Mercury Mariner sport-utility vehicle a year earlier than planned in response to increased interest.
The vehicle follows the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, which was introduced last fall. Production of the Mariner will begin in October, with 2,000 vehicles available in the first model year. The company expects to double production the following year ...
The Mariner hybrid gets 33 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, a 50 percent improvement over the base vehicle, according to Ford. The vehicle sells at a base price of $29,840, while the traditional version with standard trim starts at $22,040.
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The Post also compiled the following list of hybrids that are on the market now or will be soon.
To be introduced over the next three years:
Mazda Tribute SUV
Lexus RX SUV
Chevrolet Silverado pickup (starter hybrid system)
GMC Sierra pickup (starter hybrid system)
Saturn Vue SUV ("mild" hybrid) -- to be introduced at end of 2006
To be introduced in 2007:
Chevrolet Malibu ("mild" hybrid)
Chevrolet Tahoe SUV
GMC Yukon SUV
DaimlerChrysler expects to start selling hybrid vehicles in late 2007 or early 2008.