DETROIT Ford Motor Co.s second-generation hybrid technology will debut in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans in 2008.
Hybrid chief Mary Ann Wright wouldnt provide details about the second-generation changes. But she said the upgrades will improve fuel economy, performance and affordability.
The Fusion and Milan will be Fords fourth and fifth hybrids.
The Escape Hybrid sport wagon went on sale last fall, and sales of 20,000 units are expected in 2005.
The Mercury Mariner Hybrid will go on sale this fall, and the Mazda Tribute Hybrid will arrive in 2007.
At the Detroit auto show, Ford CEO Bill Ford announced the Tribute and Milan as new hybrid nameplates.
The new vehicles will give Ford Motor one of the industrys largest varieties of hybrid models. Toyota, which made the hybrid segment hot with its Prius sedan, also has new nameplates arriving.