Ford moves Escape SUV production to next year

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FILE PHOTO: Ford logo is pictured at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

October 14, 2020

(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co <F.N> said on Tuesday it was moving full-scale production of its plug-in Escape sport utility vehicle to next year as it reviews similar vehicles recalled in Europe.

“We are moving full scale production of Escape PHEV to the 2021 model year. The first Escape PHEVs will be sold next year,” a company spokesman said in a statement.

The automaker said it recalled 20,500 Kuga PHEV vehicles in Europe and last month suspended their sale as it looks into potential concern with the high voltage battery, which in certain cases could result in a fire.

Ford, which builds Escape vehicles at Louisville plant in Kentucky, had first planned their production last spring, but that was delayed to this summer as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the automaker to shut factories.

(Reporting by Rama Venkat and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)