Posted by on July 26, 2007, 10:08 am
I've had my fair share of problems with Fords and zero problems with my
Prius. But if push came to shove I'd take a GM if I couldn't have my Prius.
As far as the other Toyotas, I'm not interested either.
I like the style of the Ford Escape hybrid but problems earlier are so deep
rooted I could never pull out the check book and purchase one.
Fuel efficiency is my highest interest. I drive about 400 miles in a week
and I visit a gas station once every 7 to 10 days. That's all I care about.
That's the only thing to care about other than oil and filter and tire
Posted by DougSlug on July 26, 2007, 11:28 am
Are you aware of the fact that Ford has licensed from the Toyota "hybrid
synergy drive" system for use in the Escape hybrid?
Posted by richard schumacher on July 26, 2007, 3:39 pm
Mmm, not quite what both Ford and Toyota say: Ford independently
invented a system which was so similar that they cross-licensed rather
than sue each other. An example of great minds thinking alike.
Posted by DougSlug on July 26, 2007, 11:14 pm
I appreciate the clarification. I was either misinformed or I
misinterpreted what I read about it.
The Escape hybrid didn't seem to catch on, though, did it?
Posted by Jeff DeWitt on July 27, 2007, 1:34 am
With a freshened design and updates to the mechanicals it's actually
doing pretty well with over 2600 of them sold in May and dealers
screaming for more.
" Spruced-up product and some marketing are paying off for Ford in
higher sales of its Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid.
The already-released 2008 models got an exterior makeover, the interior
was improved in terms of appearance and functionality, and extra
insulation was added for a quieter ride. Side and head curtain airbags
are now standard, as are automatic climate control and an MP3 player
input jack. The optional navigation system was revamped as well.
In addition, Ford has been featuring the hybrids in its national
As a result, sales of the Escape Hybrid climbed to 2,680 in May from
1,890 in May. The average transaction price dipped only slightly from to
$7,953 from $7,997 in April. TCI dropped 43.2 percent to $50 from $,145.
Similarly, Mercury Mariner sales rose to 534 units from 385 in April;
the average transaction price dipped to $9,632 from $0,237. TCI
dropped to $51 a vehicle from $,744 in April.
And dealers nationwide are screaming for more. Days-to-turn of the Ford
Escape Hybrid is just 21 days, suggesting many dealers have none.
Days-to-turn on the Mariner Hybrid is higher at 40 but still low. "