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Mazda to Put Tribute Hybrid on Market in 2Q

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Tribute HEV.

Mazda Motor will begin selling its hybrid version of the Tribute SUV in the second quarter of the year. The Tribute is based on the Ford Escape.

Mazda will provide more details—exact timing, pricing, distribution, and projected sales volumes—closer to the launch date.

The Tribute shares the powertrain design of the Escape (and Mariner) hybrid: 2.3-liter, Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, 70 kW electric traction motor, a special electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (eCVT), and a 330-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. (Earlier post.)

The Tribute can run in all-electric mode up to speeds of about 25 mph.

Comments

allen_Z

I've been wondering for a while whether Mazda would go with their corprate cousin Ford, or Toyota.

Steve Patterson

Wow, a 5-passenger FWD vehicle that can top 36mpg city and 31mpg highway. Will the innovations at Ford never end? Yawn.

gr

Ford hates it when we say this but... They did license many of the Toyota Synergy Drive components to avoid infringement issues. To Ford's credit their Airstream FC Hybrid concept comes closer to what the market needs.

DS

Wow, a 5-passenger FWD vehicle that can top 36mpg city and 31mpg highway. Will the innovations at Ford never end? Yawn.
but have you seen the cup-holders? They're awesome!

SJC

I just priced the Ford Escape hybrid. With incentives and tax breaks I can buy one for less than a Prius. This keeps me in the game for their products.

James

I like Ford's Airstream too. It's closer to a VW Bus. Hybrid's however put of EMF's which are unhealthy.
How about a renewable fuel vehicle?

Ian Williams

I wonder if they get a seperate tax credit allocation or if it counts against Fords?

This is just a Escape with a Mazda logo slapped on it.

wintermane

,axda is a different company so ya its seprate tax breaks.

Steven

Hybrid's however put of EMF's which are unhealthy.

Wow, I'd expect that kind of statement from some of the nutjobs at my food co-op, but not here on GCC.

You know something else that generates EM fields (ones that are orders of magnitude stronger)?

The sun...

Oh no! Stop the sun! Shut it down! Shut it down!

SJC

I think the Escape is a Tribute with a Ford logo on it. I believe the Ford and Mercury are based on the Mazda design. I could be wrong, but that is what I always thought.

allen_Z

Did a bit of digging and it turns out Ford owns also 33.4% of Mazda, effectively controlling Mazda. They share alot of tech and engineering.

GR,
It was more scale of economy, sunk cost, and commonly developed technology, than IP infringement issues. A similar, but much more thorough, coop development was the 2mode hybrd system. GM, DaimlerChyrsler, and later BMW, came together after realising how similar their respective designs were.

http://www.iddd.de/umtsno/emfkrebs/PublicHealth-EMF.pdf

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