US: Lightning not dead and Escape Hybrid battery
RICHARD TRUETT | Automotive News
John Coletti, director of Ford's Special Vehicle Team, says the high-performance Lightning pickup truck is not dead, just delayed until engineers can create a new version that fits in with Ford's marketing and production "cadence." Coletti said the muscle truck will be back in the Ford lineup, but he wouldn't give a time frame. He did say the next SVT product, the Mustang Cobra, will be launched in 2006 as a 2007 model and that the emphasis will be on fine-tuning the handling, brakes and dynamic performance along with the usual massive dose of horsepower.
Ford expects by next year to resolve the battery supply limitations that are restricting production of the red-hot Ford Escape Hybrid. Ford's group vice president for North America product creation, Phil Martens, said there are no other parts in short supply for the gasoline-electric SUV other than the battery packs. He said demand is far outstripping the company's ability to produce the vehicle. Martens would not say how Ford expects to resolve the battery situation, which limits the Escape Hybrid to about 20,000 units per year.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....