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Ford's Gioia Handed Daunting Hybrid Challenge

Bill Ford promised that by 2010, the automaker would produce 250,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles a year and offer hybrid versions of half of its models.

Published: 17-Nov-2005

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Nancy Gioia doesn't just want to make hybrid-powered vehicles. She wants to help make them this generation's Model T.

Gioia, 45 was thrust into the role as Ford Motor Co.'s hybrid chief Nov. 1 after the sudden resignation of Mary Ann Wright last month.

Now the woman that Ford trusted to oversee the engineering of the latest Thunderbird and Mustang faces what may be her biggest challenge -- fulfilling Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr.'s pledge to transform Ford into a greener company.

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