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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.

Two Ford Models Named Best Green Cars of 2013

Ford Focus ElectricJust in time for Earth Day, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has named the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013.  With fuel economy taking the top consideration spot for many car buyers, eco-friendly cars face fierce competition. However strong the competition may be, Ford still fared better than most, with two Ford models earning a spot on this list.

The first Ford on the list is the all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.  The C-Max Energi is the most affordable plug-in hybrid on the road and offers an all-electric range of 21 miles.  The hatchback returnes an EPA-estimate fuel economy of 108 MPGe City and 92 MPGe highway and was praised by KBB.com for being one of the few EVs that can be fun to drive.

The 2013 Ford Focus Electric also earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s list, thanks to an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 110 MPGe city/99 MPGe highway/105 MPGe combined and its 76 mile range.  The Focus Electric has a leg up on the competition, thanks to its combination of award-winning Ford Focus style with an electric motor.

If you’re looking for a good way to go green, check out either model at Sanderson Ford!

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 Fusion Energi Returns 100 MPGe Combined Rating

2013 Ford FusionThe 2013 Ford Fusion was recently named a finalist for the 2013 North

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid plug-in is estimated to return an incredible 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) combined rating.  The combined rating is the average of the Fusion Energi’s 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, making it the most fuel efficient sedan in America.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is just the latest effort by Ford to deliver the most fuel efficient vehicles possible.

“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.”

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.

Ford Reveals 2013 Fusion and Makes Big Announcement in Detroit

Ford made a big splash at the North American International Auto Show this week with the official debut of the 2013 Ford Fusion. The automaker also announced plans for a plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi a few months after the Fusion arrives in showrooms.

2013 Ford Fusion

The 2013 Fusion joins many other sedans in offering a 4-cylinder engine only. Other updates to the sedan include new styling that resembles a four door coupe more than a standard sedan and a multitude of standard and optional features. These features include the latest version of SYNC with MyFord Touch, BLIS, SOS post-crash alert, and an optional lane-keeping aid.  A hybrid model of the Fusion will also be available, with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

While news of a redesigned Fusion has been floating around for months, the announcement of the Fusion Energi took everyone by surprise.  According to Ford, this PHEV will receive an EPA fuel mileage estimate over 100 MPGe. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will go on sale about five months after the Fusion’s release in late summer or early fall of this year.

Ford and Toyota Team Up for Fuel Efficiency

Ford and Toyota have each developed a pretty successful hybrid system.  Now, the automakers are coming together to develop an even greater one.  The vehicle manufacturers are teaming up to accelerate the availability of this new advanced hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs.

By working together, the new systems will reach consumers faster and more economically than either company would be able to do alone.  Following the collaboration, the automakers will each integrate the system into their vehicles on their own.

Ford and Toyota will also work together to develop next-generation telematics systems that will make driving more convenient, safer, and more secure.

Both automakers expressed optimism at the prospect of enhancing fuel efficiency and providing customers with the capabilities they want and need by teaming up.

2012 Explorer EcoBoost Receives 28 MPG

Last week, we told you all about the 2012 Ford Edge with EcoBoost receiving 30 MPG.  Now, we bring you more good news!  The 2012 Explorer SUV, last year’s North American Truck of the Year, will also be available with the EcoBoost engine and is expected to achieve 28 MPG.

With the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Explorer has received an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 20 city/28 hwy MPG.  The real benefit of the EcoBoost engine is that consumers do not have to sacrifice power to achieve great fuel economy.  A gasoline injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, and a unique 6F35 6-speed automatic transmission allow the Explorer to output 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while still receiving class-leading fuel efficiency.

Sport Utility Vehicle used to be synonymous with gas guzzler, but not anymore.  Ford, along with the EcoBoost engine, is changing the way we think of SUV fuel economy.

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