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Review: 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid [w/VIDEO]

Ford took pride in being the first automaker on the planet to offer a hybrid utility vehicle when it introduced the first battery-assisted Ford Escape in mid-2004. The Escape hybrid has had mixed success over the past few years, but with gas prices hitting $4 per gallon, the Blue Oval is selling every unit it can produce. For the 2008 model year, one in eight Escape sales are hybrids, which is impressive when you consider that it averages $30,000 per vehicle. In 2006, the Escape was joined by the lower volume Mariner Hybrid, giving Ford two entries in the hybrid soft-roader market, and a... Read More

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    2008 Mercury Mariner revealed
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    click on image to enlargeIn a late-night, clandestine move, Mercury released details and images of a thoroughly redesigned Mariner, which will go on sale in early 2007 as a 2008 model. Ford's mid-market marque has decided that the 2005 model was in need of an update to keep up with the Joneses (i.e. other small soft-roaders). The entry-level SUV, or CUV ...

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    Presidential Mariner Hybrid
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    "We have always found a way to clean the environment and grow the economy at the same time. And when it comes to global warming, we'll do it again." Former President Bill Clinton takes his own words, spoken in the 1998 State of the Union Address, to heart as he gives up his Secret Service issued SUV for a Mariner Hybrid.The Detroit News reports that Mr. ...

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    2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: In the Autobloggreen garage, Day 3-4
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    For our second installment of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid review, we'll be spending some more time inside the car, and driving the car. For the average sized family, the compact Mariner SUV should be adequately spacious. Even if you are over 6 feet, and you are sitting behind a tall driver, you should have sufficient space in the car. If you are moving down ...

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    2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: In the Autobloggreen garage, Day 1-2
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    The first car to show up in the AutoBlogGreen garage for a few days was a 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the slightly more upscale cousin of the Ford Escape Hybrid. The Mariner Hybrid didn't earn its spot in the ABG garage because of its luxury features, however. The main reason for us having a closer look at the car is the 133-hp Atkinson cycle inline four ...

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    New England Aquarium to raffle off Mercury Mariner Hybrid
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    Like fish? How about hybrid vehicles? Now you can throw money at both by buying a $25 raffle ticket in support of the New England Aquarium. The Aquarium is selling 4,000 raffle tickets and will use the estimated $90,000 (if all tickets are sold) net proceeds to further the aquarium's mission of "presenting, protecting and promoting the world of water". You ...

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    Full, Assist, or Mild: Which Hybrid is for You?
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    So, you've been stuck with the same 1996 Chevy for the last ten years, and it's finally time to donate your car to charity and move up to something more modern. You're considering buying a hybrid car, but which one? Hybrid technology has been exploited by some bandwagon car manufacturers, and therefore, not all hybrids are the same. Some hybrids have great ...

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    Mazda names Laurens Van den Acker new design chief
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    Mazda has a new styling chief. Dutchman Laurens Van den Acker will be putting the rather cumbersome appliqué "General Manager of the Design Division of Mazda Motor Corporation" on his office door, replacing Moray Callum (design head since 2001) who has been appointed to Ford's automotive design director post. Van den Acker comes to Mazda ...

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    Ford's April hybrid sales surge on strong incentives
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    Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that sales of its hybrid SUVs rose 50 percent year-over-year in April to 2,800 units, largely on the backs of sizeable incentive initiatives. The numbers indicate a 75 percent increase over March, which would appear to indicate that Ford is gaining some traction thanks to the zero-percent 60-month loans on its ...

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    Spied! The next USDM Ford Escape
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    Not much is known about the next Ford Escape, other than the fact that the U.S. version is becoming more distinct from its foreign-market counterparts, like the re-nosed model set to run Down Under for 2007. Of course, as can be plainly seen here, the American version of the popular small SUV will get a new look as well, though markedly more aggressive ...

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    Ford announces zero-percent financing on Escape/Mariner hybrids
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    Ford Motor Company announced Thursday that it is rolling out a zero-percent financing incentive program for its Escape and Mariner Hybrids.The plan offers zero-percent financing for 60 months, or a $500 down payment-matching cash incentive. Ford launched the program in California and Washington, D.C. last month, and apparently the ...

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    Ford's hybrid momentum showing signs of slowing
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    During its Super Bowl marketing blitz, Ford made a big deal of its new association with Kermit the Frog, who in the course of his advertising duties experienced a change of heart, proclaiming : "I guess it is easy being green." But Jim Henson's trademark amphibian may have had it right the first time. High profile market introductions and ...

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    Celebrities to drive 'green' to Oscar red carpet
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    The slow roll to the red carpet at tonight’s Academy Awards is likely to be a quiet one for many of the night’s biggest nominees. Oscar-intenders like Joaquin Phoenix and George Clooney are slated to arrive curbside in Toyota hybrids, as part of the company’s fourth annual “Red Carpet, Green Cars” marketing shtick. Given ...

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    Mazda Tribute hybrid prototypes fight fires
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    Mazda Motors donated ten of its hybrid Tribute prototypes to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) at the organization's headquarters in Irvine, California. The Ford subsidiary will eventually donate a total of thirty hybrid Tributes among various fire agencies in the Golden State.The prototypes are similar to its hybrid Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner ...

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    Blue Oval awards Mercury Mariner Hybrid to Cleveland Police
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    Ford Motor Company has awarded the Cleveland Police Department with keys to its very own Mariner Hybrid. The force won the car as a result of a campaign designed by Ford and implemented by 11 police forces around the country to help boost public awareness of green technology and fuel-efficiency. Ford Hybrid Patrol, as the program was called, ...

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    Mazda icing Tribute for 2007
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    There will be no 2007 model year Mazda Tribute for U.S. consumers. The Blue Oval subsidiary's Escape/Mercury Mariner doppelganger will go on sabbatical from May on through the end of the year, though the move will reportedly not alter production levels (or employment) at the automaker's Claycomo, Kansas plant. According to Ford sales analyst George ...

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