Ford Motor Company today announced the delivery of a Mercury Mariner Hybrid “Presidential Edition” to former President Bill Clinton, the first hybrid vehicle to be outfitted for presidential service. The Presidential Mariner Hybrid will be formally accepted by President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative conference set for Sept. 20-22 in New York City. “Ford is deeply committed to greener miles, to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, save our customers money at the pump, and improve our environment,” said Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman. “The Mercury Mariner Hybrid we’re delivering today meets that commitment, bringing American innovation to an American President.” The development of the Presidential Mariner Hybrid is a showcase of Ford’s and the Clinton Foundation’s commitment to innovation in the areas of energy and climate change. Earlier this month, President Clinton announced the formation of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of his foundation that is dedicated to making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical and measurable ways. “My Foundation is committed to making a difference in the fight against global warming,” said former President Bill Clinton. “The Clinton Climate Initiative is working with some of the world’s largest cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I’m happy to have a fuel efficient vehicle to do my part and I’d like to thank the Ford Motor Company for this.” The custom interior of the Presidential Mariner Hybrid emphasizes the comfort, convenience and productivity of an executive office. The Mariner Hybrid’s full-hybrid powertrain was unchanged, preserving its impressive 32 miles per gallon in city driving, 29 mpg on the highway, and ultra-clean emissions. Ford Motor Company has received more than 150 patents on the powertrain, which blends the best features of a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver comparable acceleration and passing performance to the conventional Mariner equipped with a 200 horsepower V-6 engine, and nearly a 50 percent increase in fuel economy. “This project perfectly showcases the distinctive styling of the Mercury brand, as well as the environmental and energy benefits of the Mariner Hybrid,” says Nancy Gioia, director, Ford Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Programs. This combination of style, fuel efficiency, utility and clean emissions earned the Mariner Hybrid the Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year award for 2006, the journal’s first such award. The Ford Escape Hybrid and the Mariner Hybrid are one part of Ford Motor Company’s approach to deliver greener miles with less pollution and greater fuel economy. Ford has expanded its work on hybrids in the U.S. and Europe and will add three more hybrid vehicles to its lineup by 2008. That strategy also includes E85 ethanol-capable vehicles, including the flex-fuel F-150, clean-diesel technologies, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The Mercury Mariner Hybrid is built at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.