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 |  Jul 20 2010, 3:49 PM

The Ford Escape has been around for nearly a decade now, but it may live on even after it leaves the North American market. Reports say that Chinese automaker Jiangling will acquire the tooling for the first generation Ford Escape, which was sold in certain world markets as the Ford Maverick.

The rumors have appeared as Ford and Jiangling unveiled plans for new factories in China’s Xiaolan Economic Development Zone. The proposed plant would have the capacity for 170,000 vehicles per year.

Ford has yet to announce a replacement for the current Escape, but the model is scheduled to die in 2011.

[Source:  Left Lane News]