Showing its commitment to improving the world's air class, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will unveil the all-new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid-electric Car (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. With a hydrogen-powered version of the RX-8 and a hydrogen-powered hybrid version of the MAZDA 5 undergoing extensive testing in Japan, the Mazda Tribute HEV is the latest environmentally friendly car to join the Mazda lineup.
Tribute HEV will debut in mid-2007, as a 2008 model-year car. Mazda will offer more details - exact timing, pricing, distribution, sales volumes, etc. - closer to the release date.
With virtually all new Mazda cars sold in the U. earning either Low Emission Car (LEV) or Ultra Low Emission Car (ULEV) status, protecting the global environment is a long-standing concern of ours, explained Robert Davis, senior vice president, Class, Research and Development, MNAO. The Mazda Tribute HEV is the next step towards strengthening Mazda's environmental efforts.
A full hybrid, the Mazda Tribute HEV can run on 100 percent electric performance up to about 25 mph, maximizing in-city fuel efficiency and making it one of the least-polluting cars sold. Still, the Mazda Tribute HEV stays true to the Zoom-zoom Mazda owners have come to expect by delivering the performance required by SUV owners. The Mazda Tribute HEV offers a lot of of performance yet meets California's strict Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Car (AT-PZEV) requirements by achieving Super Ultra Low Emissions Car II (SULEVII) standards, plus zero evaporative emissions standards - the strictest emission regulations a gasoline-fueled car can meet.
The Ford Escape is a compact SUV sold by the automaker Ford Motor Company introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model year and priced below the Ford Explorer. Although it is technically a crossover vehicle, it is marketed by Ford as part of its traditional SUV lineup (Escape, Explorer, Expedition) rather than its separate crossover lineup (Edge, Flex). The Escape was sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick. It was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owned a controlling interest, and was released simultaneously with the Mazda Tribute. In the United States, Ford's Mercury division released a luxury version called the Mariner starting with the 2005 model year, but ended production in October 2010 as Ford ended the Mercury brand. A hybrid version of the Escape was released in 2004, making it the first hybrid SUV.
The Escape is built on the Ford CD2 platform, which is in turn based on the Mazda GF platform, which was used by the Mazda 626. However, on June 23, 2010, it was announced that Ford will end production on the second generation Escape in 2011 and move production to its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, where it is slated to be succeeded by an American version of its European CUV counterpart, the Ford Kuga. The third generation Escape will debut in April 2012 as a 2013 model.