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All-New Ford Escape with EcoBoost Engine EPA-Certified at 33 MPG, the Most Fuel Efficient Small SUV on Market

The new Ford Escape is certified by the U.S. EPA as the most fuel efficient small SUV with an automatic. The Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine is certified at 33 mpg – 2 mpg better than the Honda CR-V and 5 mpg better than Toyota RAV4.

All three engines in the new Escape are EPA-certified at 30-plus mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, certified at 30 mpg on the highway, beats the Toyota RAV4 by 3 mpg and the Chevrolet Equinox by 6 mpg.

“The fuel economy of the all-new Escape showcases the continued success of Ford’s development of smaller, yet more powerful engines,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. “Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrificing power and space requirements.”

Escape’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine – offered for the first time in North America – delivers 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg city, produces 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, topping the Mazda CX-5 by more than 20 horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. of torque.

Those looking for maximum power coupled with solid fuel efficiency can opt for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. It is also rated at 3,500 pounds towing, which leads the pack for small, turbocharged SUVs.

The Escape’s 2.5-liter offers 31 mpg on the highway – a 3 mpg improvement over the outgoing standard engine – and 22 mpg in the city.

EcoBoost engines are standard in the SE, SEL and Titanium editions. The SE and SEL models come with the 1.6L standard and the Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter.  The 2.5-liter is available in the S edition.

With the EPA certification, the Escape is the latest vehicle to join Ford’s fuel-efficient lineup. Ford now offers eight vehicles with 40 mpg or more and 11 vehicles with fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines.

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Ford Focus Electric Becomes America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Five-Passenger Vehicle with 110 MPGe EPA Rating


DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2012 – Ford’s all-new Focus Electric is now officially America’s most fuel-efficient five-passenger car with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating and 99 MPGe on the highway.

Ford Begins Taking Orders for $40G Electric Car

Ford has opened the order books on its first-ever electric car, and now we know how far you’ll have to open your wallet to buy one.

The Focus Electric is priced at $39,995, exactly the same as the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and $3,945 more than its closest direct competitor, the Nissan Leaf. All three cars are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and various state incentives available toward the purchase of electric cars.

While the range of the Focus has yet to be revealed, Ford has previously said that it would be competitive with the all-electric Leaf, which has an EPA rating of 73 miles per charge. The 23 kWh battery pack in the focus takes up to 20 hours to recharge with a 120-volt outlet, but less than four when plugged into a 240-volt fast charger, twice as fast as the Leaf.

The Focus Electric is based on the standard five-door version of the Focus, which has a starting price of $19,095. Aside from a large intrusion in the cargo area to accommodate the battery, it offers the same sized accommodations as the standard car.

Ford is not requiring a deposit to reserve one, but orders are only being taken by dealers in California, New York and New Jersey, for now. At the unveiling of the car in January, Ford said that it would be available in 19 launch markets by the end of 2011, but that target been pushed to next year.

No word yet on exactly when deliveries of the car will begin.




Ford Motor (F) Gains Fuel-Efficient Continental Turbochargers

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is to gain fuel-efficient Continental AG turbocharger technology to help power small displacement engines courtesy of a deal with Continental.

Turbochargers use waste exhaust gases to help power engines, in itself it can be an efficiency boost.  However, it is also another thing that can break, adds complexity, and so on.  Continental says that their turbochargers use new technology to further efficiency, including reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

The turbochargers are aimed for use in Ford’s small displacement engines such as their three-cylinder direct injection gasoline engines that are only one liter engines.  The initial car slated to receive the new engine is the 2012 Ford Focus.  Later on, the Ford C-Max and in the new Ford B-Max.

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Fuel Efficiency Boost: All-New Ford Escape Boasts New EcoBoost Engines; C-MAX Hybrid Mileage 25 Percent Better


  • Fuel economy leadership remains the bull’s-eye for Ford’s new utility lineup for 2012, addressing the top influencer driving consumers’ vehicle purchase decisions
  • Three four-cylinder engines in the all-new Ford Escape deliver improved mileage versus outgoing models; 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine debuting in the U.S. in new Ford Escape is expected to deliver better fuel economy than competitors’ larger four-cylinder engines
  • All-new Ford C-MAX Hybrid features more than a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy versus today’s Ford Escape Hybrid

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2011 – Ford continues to deliver more choices for customers craving top fuel economy, offering its largest-ever EcoBoost® engine lineup in the all-new Ford Escape debuting next month and an all-new C-MAX Hybrid that’s 25 percent more fuel efficient than even today’s Escape Hybrid.

“Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford is meeting people’s needs by offering a family of fuel-efficient vehicles – from hybrids to electrics to traditional gasoline-powered cars – packed with class-leading technology, giving customers both exciting and greener driving choices.”

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Ford (NYSE: F) to to offer four vehicles with 40 mpg or more in 2011

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 27, 2010 (Coal Geology):  Ford’s popular fuel-saving technology that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop – a feature found today on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid and some Ford cars in Europe – will soon be added to conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America.

Ford’s patented new Auto Start Stop system for gasoline engines will improve fuel economy for most drivers by at least four percent. The gain can be as high as 10 percent for some drivers, depending on vehicle size and usage. It can also reduce tailpipe emissions to zero while the vehicle is stationary or waiting at a stop light. Ford has more than 244 patents for its Auto Start-Stop technology and will showcase the feature on a concept in January at the North American International Auto Show.

Auto Start-Stop is the latest example of Ford moving aggressively to bring affordable advanced fuel-saving technologies to all customers. Ford has already introduced electric power steering, dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmissions and other fuel-saving features as part of the company’s commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment.

Ford’s global Auto Start-Stop technology is smooth, quiet and seamless, and it requires no changes to the driver’s behavior. In city driving when the vehicle is stopped, the engine restarts the instant the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal. When the engine is off, all of the vehicle’s accessories function normally.

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Government to propose truck fuel efficiency rules


WASHINGTON — Future tractor-trailers, school buses, delivery vans, garbage trucks and heavy-duty pickup trucks will have to get better mileage under first-ever fuel efficiency rules for those types of vehicles.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department on Monday announced the proposed standards for three categories of heavy trucks:

  • For big rigs, the standards would begin in the 2014 model year and achieve up to a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption by 2018.
  • For heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, separate gasoline and diesel truck standards are proposed, starting in 2014 and achieving up to a 10 percent reduction for gasoline vehicles and 15 percent reduction for diesel vehicles by 2018.
  • For trucks like school buses and delivery vans, the standards would start in 2014 and achieve up to a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 2018.

The White House has pushed for tougher fuel economy standards across the nation’s fleet as a way to reduce dependence on oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions tied to global warming.

The fleet of new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs will need to reach 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, and the government is developing plans for future vehicle models that could push the standards to 47 mpg to 62 mpg by 2025.

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