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Ford concentrates on new F-150 pickup for 2004

October 03, 2003|by Motor News Media Corporation

The focus for the Ford Motor Company in 2004 is on trucks. The F-150 pickup, which has been the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States for over two decades, is all-new for 2004.

The Escape is coming out with hybrid power, with electric motors complementing the gasoline engine due by summer.

A significant upgrade will come to the compact Focus, which makes the optional 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine available nationwide for 2004. The Mazda 6-based engine will boost the Focus up near the performance potential of the current SVT version.

The Windstar minivan has been upgraded and renamed Freestar.

Lincoln adds a sporty LSE version to the LS sedan, while the Town Car's top model changes names from Cartier to Ultimate.

Mercury gets the Monterey, a resurrected name this time applied to the Mercury's version of the new Freestar minivan.

© 2003, Motor News Media Corporation

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