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2009 FORD ESCAPE MERCURY MARINER

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FORD DELIVERS BETTER FUEL ECONOMY, MORE POWERFOR ESCAPE, MERCURY MARINER; EXPANDS E85 FLEET

2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossovers improve fuel efficiency with new, more powerful I-4 and V-6 engines and 6-speed transmissions.

Ford’s full-hybrid Escape and Mariner gain performance and refinement improvements for 2009.

Ford adds three vehicles to its flexible fuel (FFV) line-up for the 2009 model year – Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator SUVs and Ford E-Series Econoline vans.

Ford and Southern California Edison showcase 120-mpg Escape Plug-in Hybrid.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 22, 2008 – Today at the Washington Auto Show and Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Ford Motor Company announced its hot-selling compact SUVs, the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, will become more fuel efficient, more powerful and more connected for the 2009 model year.

Ford also announced that it is expanding its commitment to biofuels by adding three additional vehicles to its E85-capable flexible fuel line-up for 2009 – the E-Series van, as well as the standard and extended-length models of the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. These additional product actions are part of Ford’s sustainability strategy, which also includes high-volume introductions of EcoBoost gas turbocharged direct injection engines.

Speaking today at Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally met with industry leaders and media to share today’s announcement and discuss how Ford is accelerating the development of new products and technologies customers want and value. Mulally also reaffirmed that Ford will reach benchmark levels of new or significantly freshened products, delivering a showroom with 70 percent new or freshened vehicles by the end of 2008 and 100 percent by 2010.

“This year, we make good on our commitment to freshen our showrooms,” Mulally said. “We just introduced the new 2009 Ford F-150 last week, and it was a hit. We also have Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex coming, as well as a new Mustang early next year.”

At the Washington Auto Show, Sue Cischke, Ford senior vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, outlined the company’s high-volume customer-focused strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy.

“Ford Motor Company is increasing fuel economy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions with affordable technologies for millions of customers,” said Cischke. “In the near term, we will leverage existing technologies to achieve those goals, including advanced engines and multi-speed transmissions. The 2009 Escape and Mariner are great examples of how we’re delivering today.”

2009 Mercury Mariner

Fuel-efficient new 2.5-liter Engine

The new 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner make strides in fuel economy and emissions with a new, 2.5-liter engine and a smooth new fuel-saving 6-speed automatic transmission.

Not only is the new powertrain expected to improve the Escape and Mariner’s EPA estimated fuel economy by 1 mile per gallon, it will also give the customer an 11 percent increase in horsepower to 170 horsepower.

The new 2.5-liter engine with intake variable cam timing (IVCT) boasts a 17-horsepower increase in output over the outgoing 2.3-liter engine.

Responsive with its peak 166 ft. lb. of torque, the engine also is refined, with dual-mode crankshaft damping, electronic throttle control and PowerPC engine electronic control.

The anticipated 1 mpg improvement in fuel economy will make Escape and Mariner more than competitive in the segment. With the improvements, Escape and Mariner also achieve ULEV II emissions certification.

The new engine also is the new basis for Ford’s hybrid models, ushering in a host of improvements that will make the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid even more appealing. Adapted to the Atkinson cycle, the engine is the first for Ford to incorporate variable valve timing on a hybrid engine.

“More than ever, the Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid are the ultimate vehicles for commuters in the daily battle with urban traffic congestion,” said Cischke. “For every eight Escape and Mariner vehicles we sell, one of them is a hybrid, and the appeal is growing.”

An optional, 230-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 engine – a 30-hp increase over last year – also is offered. It, too, will offer an estimated 1 mpg fuel economy improvement and better acceleration, thanks to the new 6-speed transmission and engine enhancements, including new pistons, cylinder heads and fuel injection system.

Spotlight on Fuel Efficiency, Even in the Performance Version

The new, more fuel-efficient automatic 6-speed transmission featured in the Escape and Mariner offers a significant improvement in powertrain smoothness and drivability, replacing the four-speed automatic previously offered.

Its flexibility allows Escape and Mariner to feature a longer final-drive ratio for optimal fuel economy, while its smooth-shifting quality provides an enhanced experience for the driver, especially in combination with the more powerful engines in the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner family.

Fuel savings also come from additional design and engineering features, including:

Aerodynamic improvements, including a new front fascia chin spoiler and rear tire spoilers also play a role in the fuel economy story.

A new 16-inch Michelin tire design offers improved rolling resistance that contributes to fuel efficiency, while also bringing improvements in quiet operation, steering and handling, and stopping distance.

All Escape and Mariner models now feature Easy Fuel™, a capless refueling system. This feature is not only a convenience for customers but also helps to prevent evaporative fuel emissions.

Escape and Mariner also incorporate new features to improve dynamic handling and ride characteristics, including a new 18.5 mm rear stabilizer bar and revised suspension tuning. Powertrain sound quality is enhanced by a new air induction system for V-6 engine models and a new exhaust system on all models.

Ford Hybrids: More Refinement, Safety and Performance

The new 2.5-liter engine also is the new foundation for the Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid models. Adapted for hybrid use, the engine is Ford’s first to use variable valve timing on an Atkinson cycle hybrid engine. Advancements in engine processor technology enable a nearly imperceptible transition from gas to electric mode.

A new brake system also provides a more seamless transition from regenerative braking to traditional braking. It incorporates a new pedal sensor that gives the driver better feedback and pedal feel similar to that of a traditional vacuum-assisted hydraulic system.

Also new this year is a new standard safety feature – AdvanceTrac® with RSC®. Already standard on gas-powered models, this patented Ford Motor Company stability control system includes roll stability control. Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid are the only small hybrids to offer such an advanced safety technology.

At the Washington Auto Show, Ford will display a Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) alongside the production Escape Hybrid. The plug-in research vehicle uses high voltage, lithium-ion batteries and can travel up to 30 miles on battery power alone before switching to full hybrid mode, delivering the equivalent of up to 120 miles per gallon for far fewer trips to the gas station.

Ford is collaborating with Southern California Edison in a unique partnership to advance the commercialization of PHEVs, demonstrating the potential for two industries to change the transportation and energy future.

This is part of Ford’s sustainability strategy, which also includes a new engine technology called EcoBoost that will deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions on half a million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles annually in North America starting within the next five years.

The EcoBoost family of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines features turbocharging and direct injection technology and will be used in a range of global vehicles – from small cars to large trucks. Compared with more expensive hybrids and diesel engines, EcoBoost builds upon today’s affordable gasoline engine and improves it, providing more customers with a way to improve fuel economy and emissions without compromising driving performance.

More Technology, Connectivity

The popularity of the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner reflects a trend of continuous improvement and product enhancement, including the most “connected” driving experience available today.

New optional equipment includes:

SYNC, the award-winning Ford in-car connectivity system developed with Microsoft, will be offered in Escape and Mariner. New for the 2009 model-year, SYNC features “911 Assist” which will help drivers connect with emergency assistance in the event of air bag deployment. Also available for 2009, SYNC will offer Vehicle Health Reports, which are designed to keep owners up to speed with vehicle maintenance needs through the syncmyride.com web site.

SIRIUS® Travel Link™ , which offers real-time traffic, weather, fuel price, sports schedules and movie information when combined with Ford’s next-generation navigation system with voice recognition.

Growing Popularity

With the continuous improvements to the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, the vehicles are primed to build on their sales success in the 2007 calendar year, which included record hybrid volume. Highlights include:

Ford Escape Hybrid recorded a 10.4 percent increase in sales versus 2006, with 21,386 units sold, while Mercury Mariner Hybrid sales were up 17 percent over 2006 to 3,722 units.

Total Ford Escape sales were up 5.2 percent to 165,596. Mercury Mariner was up 2.6 percent to 34,844 units.

The Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner are produced at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, and the 2009 models will go on sale this summer.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding the company and its products visit www.ford.com.

mods edit if you wish :)

230hp v6 / 6 speed

170hp i4 / 6 speed

new hybrid powertrain

bite it crv

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This is definitely great, great news. I'm actually quite optimistic about Ford's future; they're arguably the greenest of the Big 3 - publicly acknowledging the impact of climate change on business years ago, engineering the first domestic hybrid when gas was $1/gallon, etc - and that will be an advantage to them in the coming years. EcoBoost is extremely promising in the near-term, especially if Ford's efforts are focused on increasing fuel economy as opposed to power.

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Ford seems to be hitting some sweet spots lately. Sync is grabbing the tech crowd, EcoBoost will grab the performance / fuel economy crowd, and they continue to improve upon product year after year which helps build sales rather than releasing it all at once and having them wane after a couple years. Ford should be a fairly healthy company in a year or two.

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Meaningful improvements to some already worthy products. Good news. Keep fighting, Ford!
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6-speeds for both transmissions. Bold Moves. :P

That's good to here though, I wish more companies adopted 6-speed transmissions in their smaller vehicles and not sticking them with 4-speed ones.

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Let's do a comparison:

Blue = Ford advantage

2009 Ford Escape / Mercury Mariner

6-speed 2.5L I4 - 170 hp - 21/27 (2WD Automatic) - $20,005 (2008 price)*

6-speed 3.0L V6 - 230 hp - 19/25 (2WD Automatic) - $24,005 (2008 price)*

2009 Honda CR-V

5-speed 2.4L I4 - 166 hp - 20/27 (2WD Automatic) - $20,700

2009 Toyota RAV-4

4-speed 2.4L I4 - 166 hp - 21/27 (2WD Automatic) - $21,250

5-speed 3.5L V6 - 269 hp - 19/27 (2WD Automatic) - $24,740

*I doubt prices will change much, if at all. Ford has been pretty good about undercutting the competition on price, even with mid-cycle updates.

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What?? Ford Europe is not Dominant in their plan for strategy?

I thought they would have brought a 600lb heavier European monster to cater the taste of people who want "Euro" feel for their cars.

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Looks like Ford is going to be the domestic company to beat in a few years.

"Gotta love a long shot!"

(Extra points to anyone who can name the movie)

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So, is the 3.0L essentially the same engine as the current Duratec just with a few new parts?

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So, if SYNC has become Onstar with engine reports, automatic notification of airbag deployment, etc., can they make Onstar somehow MP3 capable like SYNC is?

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So, is the 3.0L essentially the same engine as the current Duratec just with a few new parts?

yeah. my guess is they did not want to or could not re-engineer the engine cradle or mounts for the new duratec 35, even though its just as compact.

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Pardon me for not following... wasn't the Escape/Mariner redesigned for 2008? Or was it just a heavy update?

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Pardon me for not following... wasn't the Escape/Mariner redesigned for 2008? Or was it just a heavy update?

Pretty heavy cosmetic update inside and out, I think..sounds like they are going for the 'continuous improvement' approach rather than leaving it alone for a few years.

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Pretty heavy cosmetic update inside and out, I think..sounds like they are going for the 'continuous improvement' approach rather than leaving it alone for a few years.

The Hybrids (with the new 2.5L version of that system) are the only thing really changing this year - styling looks the same, and the other two engines (2.3 Mazda I4, 3.0 Duratec V6) appear unchanged.

Why mess with success? There's a lot of Escapes out there - less so on the Mariner front, but you do see them around. The Tribute seems to be fading away - good news to me, as I feel the CX-7 fits Mazda's image better.

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yeah. my guess is they did not want to or could not re-engineer the engine cradle or mounts for the new duratec 35, even though its just as compact.

Part of the reason for the PIP 30, is the new UAW contract. It was one of the things that Ford "gave." However, according to Blue II on BON (seems to have much insider news), the PIP D30 returned 1mpg better mileage than the D35 in the Escape.

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