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Ford Improves Hybrid Fuel Economy

Ford Improves Hybrid Fuel Economy

By Jeff Youngs, July 18, 2013
Ford Motor Company has announced that it will make calibration updates to 2013 model-year versions of the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid in order to improve fuel economy, especially on the highway and during cold-weather driving conditions.

"We are committed to continuously improving the fuel economy of our vehicles," said Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. "Our commitment to deliver great fuel economy in our cars, utilities, and trucks is a key reason we are seeing strong growth in coastal markets and with import buyers."

Ford's share of the electric vehicle market has quadrupled in the past year, and the company reports that it has enjoyed the largest retail share increase of any brand in the traditional import stronghold of California. Nationally, the top trade-in model for the C-Max Hybrid is the Toyota Prius.

The updates to the C-Max Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, and MKZ Hybrid include the following measures:
  • Raise pure electric operation speed from 62 mph to 85 mph
  • Increase use of active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics
  • Shorten engine warm-up time to hasten electric-only driving capability and automatic start/stop operation
  • Modify automatic climate control system for more efficient operation

The company plans to start making the vehicle enhancements in August 2013, and the changes will be applied both to vehicles currently in owner hands as well as vehicles rolling down the assembly line. Ford will notify owners at the end of July, and dealers will perform the changes at no cost to the vehicle owner.

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