Ford’s 100,000th Hybrid SUV Rolls Off the Line in Claycomo

By dancurranjr On March 14th, 2009

ford-escape-hybridFord Motor Co.’s 100,000th hybrid sports utility vehicle rolled off the production line Tuesday at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo.

Ford said in a release that the Claycomo plant has served as its hub of hybrid SUV production since 2004, when the first Ford Escape Hybrid rolled off the production line. The plant began producing the Mercury Mariner Hybrid in 2005.

The hybrids produced at Claycomo get 34 miles a gallon in the city and 31 on the highway.

“As we celebrate our 100,000th hybrid, America’s interest in hybrid vehicles keeps growing, as does Ford’s commitment to advanced power train technologies that deliver greater fuel economy, lower emissions and help enhance our country’s energy security,” Ford Chairman Bill Ford in a release. “No domestic automaker has more real world experience with hybrid vehicle technology than Ford, and it shows in the quality and fuel economy of our vehicles.”

Ken Ward, Kansas City Plant manager, said everyone at the plant feels tremendous pride in celebrating the milestone.

“We are as enthusiastic about building the 100,000th vehicle as we were at the initial launch,” he said in the release.

Jeff Wright, president of UAW Local 249, said in the release that employees are committed to building a high-quality vehicle and that it is a testament to them that the hybrids have performed so well on the road.

Ford’s Claycomo plant has 4,100 employees and is ranked No. 1 on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of Top Area Manufacturers.

SOURCE: Kansas City Journal

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