The Rush to be Green

At the 2005 Detroit motor show, American car makers are taking the green fight to the Japanese.

Published: 21-Jan-2005

At the 2005 Detroit motor show, American car makers are taking the green fight to the Japanese.

When the Ford Escape Hybrid was announced as the North American Truck of the Year at the opening of the 2005 Detroit motor show, it sent a clear message that the environment was back on the menu. Further, that efficient cars and the desire to reduce America's reliance on Middle Eastern oil was the main course.

The Escape Hybrid looks the same as the regular Escape (a vehicle also sold in Australia), but it's the tricky electronics inside that earned it the honours. The hybrid drive system, which mates an electric motor to a regular engine, helped secure the unexpected victory against more fancied rivals.

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