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Ford Fusion Hybrid Honored as U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families

Parents no longer have to sacrifice style or fuel efficiency when they purchase the perfect car for their family. The Ford Fusion Hybrid was recently named the U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families, making a lasting impression on the editors at the prestigious magazine through a combination of fuel efficiency, space, and sleek styling that are sure to impress the other parents in your car pool, too.

The Fusion Hybrid has earned this honor four years in a row, showing that the sedan continually offers top-notch performance and fuel efficiency to consumers. In the hybrid car’s cabin, room is plentiful both in the front and rear seats, while a laundry list of features keeps everyone comfortable. Sensors, cameras, and radar systems all work together to help the Fusion Hybrid’s innovative driver-assist and safety technologies keep your family safe.

The winner of the Best Hybrid for Families category was determined after analyzing professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability scores, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features. If you are interested in making the Ford Fusion Hybrid your next family car, stop in to Sanderson Ford today!

Best Hybrid Car for Families

Green Zone Makes Ford More Efficient

As efficiency concerns are always at the top of our thoughts with vehicles, Ford has developed a new system call the Green Zone to make plug-in hybrids as efficient as possible.

The Green Zone system collects information from around it and returns it to the driver. It lets the driver know when is the best time to use battery power and save the most fuel. Drivers can then set up their green zones along their daily route using the navigation screen in the car.

Not only will Green Zone let drivers know what is normally the most efficient way to drive, it will also make adjustments according to the car’s surroundings. It factors in traffic congestion, tolls and road conditions.

Although the Green Zone is currently being developed for hybrid cars, this technology could translate to standard vehicles as well.  Here at Sanderson Ford, we’re glad to see Ford is always growing and developing new ways to improve the lives of its customers.

Green Zone

Ford and the University of Michigan Work Together to Advance Battery Research

Ford and the University of Michigan Work Together to Advance Battery Research
Ford and the University of Michigan Work Together to Advance Battery Research

The Ford Focus Electric may be one to benefit from the new battery advances

Chances are you may not be a big University of Michigan sports fan. It just seems so ridiculously far away. However, the university’s partnership with Ford to open a unique battery lab is enough to make you start paying attention to what’s happening way over there in that state with the wicked winters.

The $8 million lab, officially opened Oct. 14, was created with the purpose of bringing Ford, the University, battery suppliers and the state and federal governments together to provide a testing center that will accelerate the development of batteries used to power electric and hybrid vehicles.

Where it was previously difficult to test battery chemistries in a format beneficial for automotive use, the center will provide better opportunity to simulate battery performance conditions. The resulting research will help determine the best materials for battery construction and lower production costs, making electric and hybrid vehicles more affordable for consumers.

“We have battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, but that is too late in the development process for us to get our first look,” said Ted Miller, Ford’s manager for battery research, in a press release. “This lab will give us a stepping-stone between the research lab and the production environment, and a chance to have input much earlier in the development process. This is sorely needed, and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”

Miller also added, “I think you are going to see a lot of companies in the battery supply chain come to Michigan to use this facility, in very short order.”

Here at Sanderson Ford we’re excited about what’s going on in Michigan. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even start watching University of Michigan sports.

Ford Sets Annual Hybrid Sales Record in Just Five Months

2013 Ford C-Max HybridThe battle for the hybrid vehicle sales crown is beginning to heat up, and Ford is looking to knock Toyota from its throne.  Thanks to an impressive consumer response the Ford C-MAX and Fusion Hybrid, Ford is shattering its hybrid sales records across the board.

Ford destroyed its monthly hybrid sales record with 8,481 in April.  The record April brought Ford’s total annual hybrid sales to 29,561 units, and puts the automaker on track to beat its annual record of 35,496 units in just five months.

“We’re turning, conquesting and growing our sales the fastest in the largest hybrid markets in the country,” said Erich Merkle, Ford U.S. sales analyst, in a phone interview with Bloomberg.com.

Ford’s share of hybrid sales in April rose to 18 percent, which is a 15 percent increase over the same month last year.  Ford now holds the second largest share of hybrid vehicles sales. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid led the charge with a fivefold increase in sales in April, totaling 3,989 units sold.

Visit us at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, AZ to experience any of Ford’s efficient hybrid vehicles first hand.

Ford Goes Green

Ford Goes GreenEveryone goes green for St. Patrick’s Day, but for Ford, going green is just a part of everyday life.  From fuel-efficient engines to eco-friendly materials, Ford is committed to being green 365 days a year.

Over the past few years, Ford has been making modifications to their cars to lessen their environmental impact without hurting performance.  The automaker currently boasts more cars that earn 40+ MPG than any other automaker, thanks to technology like the EcoBoost engine.  Ford also offers several hybrid and electric vehicles, such as the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi, Focus Electric, and C-Max.  These vehicles help the environment by getting the majority of their power from electricity and regenerative braking, as opposed to traditional gasoline.

In addition to engine emissions, Ford also thinks about how the materials used to make a car affect the environment.  Many of the components used to make a Ford vehicle actually come from sustainable materials, such as soybeans, castor oil, and wheat straw.  Ford has also found ways to help reduce landfill waste by recycling materials and using them in the production of their cars.  Vehicles use 10 pounds of scrap cotton from clothing and climate control gaskets are made from recycled tires.

This year, don’t just go green on St. Patty’s Day; commit to making eco-friendly choices every day of the year. You can start with a green car from Ford!

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Achieves 620-Mile Range

EPA figures were recently released for the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, and the numbers shattered what even Ford had estimated the C-MAX would return.

The 2013 C-MAX Energi has an EPA-rated 620-mile overall range and a 21-mile electric range.  The 620-mile overall range is an impressive 70 miles greater than what Ford had estimate the hybrid compact SUV would deliver.

“C-MAX Energi is America’s most efficient utility vehicle, a great symbol of how Ford gives customers the power to choose leading fuel-efficiency across our lineup with gas prices spiraling upwards of $5 a gallon in some parts of the country,” said C-MAX chief engineer,  John Davis. “The C-MAX Energi’s leading range also means customers can spend more time on the road and more money on their priorities instead of at the gas pump.”

The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid Plug-in is powered by a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that returns 108 MPGs (miles per gallon equivalent).  Once the battery pack is depleted the 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor kicks in and is able to return an impressive 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg highway while functioning as a hybrid.

2013 Ford Fusion is the Green Car of the Year

The 2013 Green Car of the Year did not win because it’s a hybrid or electric vehicle; it won because it’s both of these things. It’s also a traditional, gasoline-powered sedan. This powertrain variety was a major factor in the 2013 Ford Fusion’s nomination for the green car award.

Other nominees included the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius C, but the Fusion pulled away with the win thanks to its eco-friendly options that do not take away from the joy of driving.  The hybrid model returns 47 MPG city/highway while the gas-powered sedan, available with an EcoBoost I-4 engine, receives 33 MPG highway.

The 2013 Fusion received its Green Car of the Year title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sedan is currently available here at Sanderson Ford in its Hybrid and EcoBoost trims.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Returns 47 Combined MPG

Ford has pioneered fuel economy-inspired innovations over the past few years, most notably EcoBoost and hybrid technology.  For the 2013 model year, Ford is putting its Hybrid technology on full display in the Ford Fusion.

 The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in Hybrid is able to return a combined 47 mpg when functioning as a hybrid and an incredible 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) when being driven in electric mode.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid dominates its closest competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, in terms of fuel efficiency.  In fact, the Fusion Hybrid beats the Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city.

The 2013 Fusion Hybrid also flaunts additional innovations for drivers to increase fuel economy.  Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide insures that the driver is operating with optimal fuel economy, and the ECO Cruise delivers the greenest cruise control possible.

All New 2013 Ford Escape

All-New Ford Escape:

 Smarter, Saves Fuel &

 Money 

Ford’s newest SUV arrives next year, bringing clever technologies and features designed to make life easier, and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market.

Versatile vehicle features new hands-free technology – including liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games’ and upgraded MyFord Touch system that makes connecting with digital devices on the go even easier.

New Escape’s projected fuel economy is up to 5 mpg better than outgoing Escape; 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines save customers fuel and money.

The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling SUV, will raise the bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model that features 11 new exclusive features and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market today.

“We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.”

“Escape is America’s best-selling utility vehicle, and the Ford team has worked hard to make sure we deliver even more of what small SUV owners really want,” Kuzak said.

In addition to more cargo volume behind the first and second rows than today’s vehicle, the new Escape delivers:

  • Eleven features no other small SUV offers
  • Clever technologies that make Escape even more versatile, including an available hands-free power liftgate that allows quick and easy access to cargo with the kick of a foot
  • Projected best fuel economy of any compact SUV, up to 5 mpg better than previous Escape
  • Driving dynamics that make the drive experience more engaging on-road and a new Ford Intelligent 4WD System that provides even better traction off-road
  • Sleek new design, with better interior materials and more finishing touches

Escape technology makes life better
An array of clever technologies adds to the new Escape’s versatility, helping make life easier for its owners. Key features include:

An available hands-free power liftgate brings new technology to the SUV market and is enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game systems. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch.

SYNC with MyFord Touch, offers multiple ways for customers to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. Upgraded system includes new look, making phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use.

Parallel parking the Escape is virtually stress-free with active park assist. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes even safer and less stressful with Escape’s sensor-based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse.

The all-new Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV to combine class-exclusive technology to  automatically slow the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast (Curve Control) or help accelerate through a turn (Torque Vectoring Control); a new Intelligent 4WD System helps deliver outstanding handling on pristine pavement and in adverse conditions as well, along with  excellent traction off-road.

Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy
Escape offers Ford’s broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes its American debut in the new Escape.

Both new engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel.

In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.

The gearbox features a new torque converter for improved driving feel, silky smooth shifts and even better fuel economy. Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for a balanced driving feel in all situations.

The standard engine in North America is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.

Also aiding fuel economy is Escape’s sleeker design. The new model is nearly 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.

Plus, the new Escape’s active grille shutter system, which is on all models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, reduces wind resistance. Grille slats stay open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

Versatility and capability come standard
Stowing and towing are even easier in the new five-passenger Escape, thanks to a low liftover height of 27 inches, more innovations and cargo volume that surpasses the outgoing Escape – with 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row.

The new Escape’s rear seats have been designed to fold flat easily. With the touch of a button, the head restraint folds down and with the lift of a handle on the seat, the seatback folds and dives as the seat folds flat and clicks into position.

Escape also features an available two-position load floor, which can be configured to allow the customer to choose among maximum luggage volume or flat load floor.

When properly equipped, the all-new Escape maintains a trailer tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Engaging driving performance through seamless system
Using new advanced software and sensors, the new Intelligent 4WD System analyzes data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, assessing road conditions and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.

The system uses all the sensor inputs to turn the vehicle in the direction the driver wants it to go. Intelligent 4WD builds on the pre-emptive actions by adding and subtracting torque as needed through an electromagnetic clutch.

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Boston Family Uses Ford Fusion For Power During Irene

By Megan Whalen

BOSTON – When Julie Mullen and John Sullivan became Ford Fusion owners in 2010, they knew they would enjoy their car but didn’t think about how their pet fish would take it –until Hurricane Irene touched down.

“Hurricane Irene hit the Northeast and hit Massachusetts so, we lost power Sunday morning at about 9 a.m.,” said Mullen who lives in the Boston area with her husband Sullivan. “It was already daylight so we had light, but as the day went on it was getting kind of old not having power.”

According to Mullen, they instantly relied on their cell phones to keep connected –occasionally running the car to power them up. Then their son reminded them that their Fusion had enough power to keep them functioning inside their home – not just a cigarette lighter, but an actual outlet where they could plug in some necessities.

“As soon as Adam said that my husband ran off to get his orange outdoor power-cord,” she said. “It let us move away from just having flashlights. I don’t know what the fish would have done, they would have been dead.”

So for one week, rather than being confined to candle light and cell phone updates, they ran an extension cord from their car to their home and continued their daily routines; powering the fish tank, plugging in lights, charging laptops, cooking food and more.

“Seems like small stuff but it all adds up,” said Mullen.

The Fusion has a standard 110-volt power outlet located near the rear seat. That’s the same voltage that can be found in most wall plugs. So, Mullen’s use of the outlet didn’t cause any damage.

“A friend was telling me for a long time that Ford was coming back up with quality,” she stated, listing it as one of the many reasons they purchased the car. They preferred Ford for the respected honesty, quality and technology – versus other hybrids available on the market.

Prior to the wrath of Hurricane Irene they used the outlet a few times for small things but never to this extreme.

Wow!  And they said cars just powered our dreams and ambitions.

 

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