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An owner of a Ford Dealership stated to me the 2009 Escape is scheduled to arrive this summer but could not state the exact date. What I posted is what he believed would be fairly accurate at this time.
The new Ford Fusion Hybrid is to arrive later this year and shares the hybrid components with the Escape. This could explain the later in the year introduction for the Escape Hybrid compared to the non-hybrid version.
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2005 4WD Escape Hybrid
Best Interstatetank trip E20 MPG 34.6 for 271 miles along I-80 in Indiana and Ohio. May 2008
Best multiple road tank trip E20 MPG 36.2 for 202 miles in Southwestern Pa. July 2008.
Best multiple road tank trip E50 38.1 MG for 246 miles in Northern Wisconsin Aug 2012
It shows 2009 Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner hybrid order aceptance as 4/17 ; order scheduling in mid September and build start in October .
No dates are available yet but it looks like Donlen put up some estimates. This is good info.
This is just a guess, but I think we could be looking at a situation where Ford still can't get parts (batteries) to meet demand, in which case they will continue 2008 production as a subsequent run occurring after the summer break. I'll bet they already have enough orders in hand for it.
I agree with whoever said resources are going to the Fusion as a priority right now. That's important.
But how will they continue 08' production or extend it after summer break....when they stopped taking orders and told us to basically come back in april? I can imagine the fusion will put a dent in escape hybrid production...but if they really aren't starting back up on the FEH util september or october I'll be buying used....**** model year is almost over by then.
They might do it if orders already in-hand exceed their ability to fill them before break. We know they stopped taking 08 orders, but do we know how many they have? I wonder. In the past KCAP people have repeatedly said they can only build a certain number of hybrids per day. If Ford has orders to keep the '08 run going after break, maybe they will just continue. It's not like it's unprecedented.
Perhaps production is being altered to match the Fusion. The dates provided are almost identical to those of the FF, and we know the 2010 FFH will share much with the 2009 and on FEH.
Not sure but these are two possible explanations for the unusual changes in production scheduling.