BEIJING -- Ford Motor Co. will consider selling its Ford Escape Hybrid SUV in China, says Mei Wei Cheng, CEO of Ford Motor China.
"But first we want to see how it does in the U.S.," Cheng said at a press event here two weeks ago.
The Escape Hybrid went on sale in September in the United States.
The Chinese government emphasized alternative-fuel engines in the new automotive policy released in June.
Toyota Motor Corp. last month said that it would begin assembling the Prius hybrid sedan in China by the end of 2005.
Last week, Troy Clarke, president of GM Asia Pacific, said that General Motors will introduce two hybrid vehicles to China: a mid-sized, front-wheel-drive sedan and a sport wagon.
The sedan, likely a Buick, would be the first to arrive, probably after GM launches a generation of hybrids in the United States in 2007.
Auto sales in China rose 70 percent to more than 2 million units last year, according to Automotive Resources Asia Ltd.
But sales growth has slowed to below 10 percent annually in the last few months.
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