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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.

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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 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.

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