Archive for the ‘Ford Hybrid Car’ Category
As we told you last week, Ford has a new Fusion in the works. This week, Ford unveiled the sporty looking coupe at the Detroit Auto Show, and it was everything industry experts had anticipated.
Drawing on the “One Ford” model, which has Ford bringing the same vehicles (though sometimes renamed) to every market, rather than making different models for European, Asian, South American, African, and North American drivers, the Fusion is slick. The Wall Street Journal said it drew on design elements of the Aston Martin, but most people will look at it and think BMW or Mercedes. This is not your average, boring, make-sure-it’s-really-yours-bef0re-putting-the-key-in-because-they-all-look-the-same family sedan. This is the make-everyone-at-the-PTA-jealous-of-the-European-styling-of-your-American-vehicle family sedan.
Even better than its looks are the Fusion’s technical specs. Ford plans to make both an electric-gasoline hybrid model (the Fusion Hybrid) and an all-electric model (the Fusion Energi), and all three versions are impressively fuel-efficient. Even the all-gasoline model has an EPA mpg of 23city/33hwy, which is great for a five-passenger mid-sized sedan.
Ford has partnered with Georgia Tech to create the first ever hydraulic hybrid school bus, running only on recycled biofuel. Converting existing school buses into The Green Eco School Bus will potentially lower greenhouse emissions and reduce transportation costs for schools. The first school district to be granted with the innovative new bus is the APS school district in Atlanta, Georgia.
For the last 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services has worked with community partners to advance driving safety, education, American heritage and community life. Funded by Ford Motor Company, the organization hopes that the bus project will lead to cleaner, more efficient school buses for many school districts. Other significant projects include Driving Skills For Life, a safe teen driving program and The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, which uses a rigorous academic curriculum to provide high school students with 21st-century learning experiences to enhance real-world skills.
“Together with Georgia Tech and Atlanta Public Schools, we are taking innovation from the classroom to the community. This is a noteworthy example of the types of programs we are bringing to Atlanta as part of our new Operation Goodwill partnership with local Ford and Lincoln dealers with the goal of expanding our engagement with this community.” – Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.
Recycled clothing- the equivalent of two pairs of blue jeans- will be incorporated into the 2012 Ford Focus, shares an interesting KGW News story. In a new spin on reduce, reuse and recycle, Ford Motor company aims to incorporate cotton from recycled clothing for carpet backing and sound-absorption materials to create a quieter cabin.
Ford is continually looking for greener alternatives. Recycled content is a way to divert waste from landfills and reduce the impact of mining virgin material. – Carrie Majeske, product sustainability manager.
By reusing old clothing items such as blue jeans, these items avoid filling the landfill and save on the water, fertilizer and land needed to grow virgin cotton. While customers appreciate the alternative resources included in the Focus, this move reflects the car maker’s company-wide focus on better for our planet, cost-effective materials.
Cupcake lover and actress Brittani Taylor sees how the Ford Fiesta stacks up against a Lamborghini. The Lamborghini does have speed, but great driving features like cornering radius, push button start and ample cargo space puts the Fiesta ahead! To see more, watch the video below:
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The Ford Story wrote a great new article about the new 2011 Ford Focus electric car. The new cars start with a push of a button and will bring the convenience of refueling home with a 120V plug-in cord. Ford Motors is researching ways to make the experience natural and comfortable with the supplier partner Yazaki.
Working together, they used internal ergonomic studies to create items the convenience cord. They drew inspiration from everyday objects like a hockey puck and curling iron. The handle was especially designed for ease of use. While owners are expected to charge their vehicles at home, remote charging stations will use a standard 120V convenience cord.
The Focus electric car will be released in late 2011 and is one of 5 electric vehicles to be produced at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant.
The New York Times showcased the Ford Focus and spoke fondly of the Fiesta in News from the 2010 Paris auto show.
Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and chief executive, pictured on the left, helped present the new Ford Focus at the 2010 Paris auto show
Ford’s new marketing approach takes into account the global marketplace, using customer feedback and social media tools for new car development strategies, which started in 2010 with the Ford Fiesta.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact is an economical small car, but it hews to the European hatchback ideal, and Europeans hold the solid expectation that small vehicles should act like real cars.
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The All-New Ford Explorer sports an eco friendly power-train that offers 30% better fuel economy over the previous V6 model. At Damerow Ford we care about getting you in a car that has good fuel economy without breaking the bank. Check out these great deals on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid.