Ford delays launch of plug-in Escape SUV after European fires

first_img Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › Ford is delaying the launch of its plug-in hybrid Escape sport-utility vehicle to 2021 after thousands of similar SUVs in Europe were recalled for problems involving fires while recharging.The Escape plug-in hybrid was originally scheduled to go into production this past spring but Ford changed it to summer after the coronavirus pandemic shut factories for two months.Now Ford is pushing it into 2021 as it reviews issues with the European-market Kuga model, which shares parts with the Escape plug-in — including the battery and engine. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium  Andrew McCredie Plug-in hybrids are a key part of Ford’s strategy to spend US$11.5 billion to electrify its lineup as it transitions to battery-powered vehicles. The automaker is scheduled begin building its electric Mustang Mach-E in Mexico later this year. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSEscapeFordSUVNon-LuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesNon-Luxury LISTEN: This week on our Plugged In podcast we talk all-electric pickup trucks.Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.“We’re moving production to next year while we investigate what happened to the Kuga in Europe,” said Mike Levine, a company spokesperson. “None have been sold in the U.S.”Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky, plant began building a redesigned version late last year. The factory has been turning out conventional gasoline-powered models as well as hybrids that don’t plug in.The delay in the plug-in Escape’s debut comes amid soft U.S. demand for the small SUV. U.S. sales plunged almost 23 per cent in the third quarter and are down 32 per cent this year.Ford of Europe is working to fix a problem with its Kuga plug-in related to venting heat from the batteries, Jay Ward, another company spokesman, said Tuesday. There have been seven vehicle fires in Europe, triggering the recall of 20,500 Kuga models sold there, spotlighting an issue that could take months to resolve, Ward said. See More Videoslast_img read more

First arrest made in 2017 party bus murder

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeFirst arrest made in 2017 party bus murder Feb. 11, 2019 at 3:45 pmCrimeFeaturedFirst arrest made in 2017 party bus murderMadeleine Pauker2 years agocrimeCrime WatchNewsSanta MonicaCamron Lee Santa Monica Police Department arrested a man Friday in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old woman killed in a party bus shooting in November 2017.SMPD officers took Camron Lee, 22, into custody in Los Angeles as a person of interest in connection with the murder of De’Ommie de la Cruz. De la Cruz was celebrating a friend’s birthday on a party bus that stopped near the Santa Monica Pier at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2017. When she and her friends got out of the bus to go to the bathroom, some men in the parking lot got into a confrontation with one of her male friends and started shooting at the group.De la Cruz was hit by several gunshots and the bus driver drove her to the Santa Monica Police Station. She was later transported to a hospital and died there.Relatives and friends of de la Cruz filed a lawsuit last November against the City of Santa Monica and the party bus company, Lion Limousine Corp., alleging that both entities were liable in her death. According to the lawsuit, de la Cruz and her friends told the driver they were reluctant to leave the bus because they saw men in the parking lot who appeared to be gang members, but the driver told them he would only let them use the restroom near the Pier.The lawsuit also alleges that SMPD officers allowed de la Cruz to lie on the ground in front of the police station after she suffered gunshot wounds and did not offer help. Arrest records show Lee has been arrested on felony charges three times and twice for misdemeanors.SMPD could not provide additional information on Lee’s connection to the [email protected] :crimeCrime WatchNewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMan arrested for trying to kill his girlfriendJohn Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center Becomes First in U.S. to Offer a Non-invasive, Outpatient Prostate Cancer Treatment Using New Focal One Breakthrough HIFU TechnologyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsFeud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homelessClara Harter1 day agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more