• Ford Escape hybrid: sales in California up 10 percent in January 2008 compared to January 2007.
  • Ford Focus (with its PZEV rating): up 11 percent.
Those are the highlights of a press release Ford put out yesterday and available after the jump. FoMoCo makes the case that these increases show how Californians "are choosing Ford clean air vehicles." Well, kind of. Ford sold 296 of the 30 mpg hwy/34 mpg city Escape hybrids in California last month. Those 296 made up 39 percent of all Escape hybrids sold in the U.S. in January. Ford didn't announce the quantity of Focuses sold. The 2008 sedans get 35 mpg hwy and 24 mpg city.





FORD HELPING GOLDEN STATE GO GREEN

* Ford Escape Hybrid January sales up 10 percent in California, expanding on a banner year in 2007
* PZEV Ford Focus January 2008 sales up 11 percent in California

IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2008) – Ford Escape Hybrid sales in California increased 10 percent in January 2008 compared with the same month last year. Californians bought 296 Ford Escape Hybrids in January, which accounted for 39 percent of total Escape Hybrid sales nationwide. This expands the momentum of 2007 in which California sales of Escape Hybrid totaled 4,841 and represented nearly 33 percent of the national total.

"A growing number of California consumers are choosing Ford clean air vehicles," said Hal Dewsnap, Ford Los Angeles Regional Manager. "Escape Hybrid and our other PZEV-certified vehicle sales, like the Focus, are adding to the population of clean vehicles in California."

Ford Focus sales in California jumped 11 percent year over year. Dewsnap attributed the increase to the car's significant re-design for 2008, its PZEV emissions rating, and its all-new SYNC voice recognition technology developed with Microsoft, allowing for Bluetooth and digital media integration of electronic devices including cell phones and MP3 players.

"California consumers want high-tech products in their lives," said Dewsnap. "Combining PZEV emissions capability with SYNC technology makes this car state-of-the-art. Consumers have really responded to it."

PZEV vehicles (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles) are the cleanest gasoline engine vehicles on the road today, 97% cleaner than the average 2003 California automobile. They are warranted to meet these low emissions requirements for 15 years or 150,000 miles.

Ford Motor Company offers California car buyers the widest choice of PZEV vehicles of any manufacturer, with Ford division offering five models: Focus compact, Fusion mid-size, Taurus full-size, Taurus X crossover and the Escape Hybrid SUV.

With 34 mpg in city driving, the Ford Escape Hybrid is the cleanest and most fuel-efficient SUV on the road. Combined with interior space and features such as Escape Hybrid's available industry-first 100-percent recycled seating surfaces, it meets Californians' demands for functionality combined with environmental leadership.

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 245,000 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 Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com .

[Source: Ford]


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