DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is pulling ahead production of its Mercury Mariner Hybrid and adding two nameplates to its hybrid plans. The Mariner Hybrid sport wagon, a sibling to Ford's current Escape Hybrid, will go on sale this fall as a 2006 model, one year earlier than expected.
Ford Motor CEO Bill Ford was scheduled to announce hybrid versions of the Mazda Tribute sport wagon and Mercury Milan sedan at the Detroit auto show on Sunday, Jan. 9. Mazda will have a test fleet of Tribute Hybrids this year, but the vehicle won't go on sale until 2007. The Milan Hybrid goes on sale in 2008, along with its previously announced sibling, the Ford Fusion Hybrid. That will give Ford Motor a total of five hybrids by the end of 2008.
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