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Posts Tagged ‘Hybrid Cars’

Ford Releasing Software Update to Improve C-MAX, Fusion, MKZ Hybrids’ MPG

July 17th, 2013

Ford Software Update Improves 2013 Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

Ford Motor Company has announced a free software update offered to owners of all 77,000 or so model-year 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid cars that will improve real-world fuel efficiency.

Responding to early adopters’ concerns that these cars have trouble attaining their EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings (47 combined mpg for the C-MAX and Fusion, 45 combined for the MKZ), Ford has made a number of changes to its hybrid system.

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Uncle Sam Finally Gone Hybrid Shopping

May 2nd, 2013

U.S. Government Goes Hybrid Shopping: 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

The United States Government expects to save 1 million gallons of fuel each year going forward after replacing much of its aging Federal government fleet with 10,000 brand spankin’ new hybrid cars as part of a partnership with Ford, General Motors and Hyundai, Automotive News reports.

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Fisker on the Hook for $192 Million

April 26th, 2013

Fisker Owes the Fed $192 Million, Bankruptcy Coming

Fisker Automotive, now in dire financial straits and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, is still on the hook with the Fed for the vast majority of $192 million in taxpayer loans disbursed to the company. And after Fisker laid off 75% of its workforce and suspended production on the $100,000+ Fisker Karma hybrid, it doesn’t look like Uncle Sam will be able to collect any time soon.

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Consumer Reports: Midsize Sedans Most Fuel-Efficient?

April 17th, 2013

Consumer Reports: Midsize Sedans Match MPG Numbers from Compacts, Subcompacts

With today’s automakers taking great pains to reduce weight and advance in fuel efficiency, it makes logical sense to think that small, light and cheap compact cars would outperform their larger family-midsize counterparts when it comes to the all-important mpg. Not so fast, says a new comprehensive study from Consumer Reports.

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi: Fuel Economy, Pricing and Release Date

February 27th, 2013

2013 Ford Fusion Energi: Pricing, Range, MPG, Specs and Release Date

The just-released new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi couldn’t be called inexpensive, but thanks to a solid electric-only drive range and good fuel efficiency, Ford’s latest plug-in hybrid sedan still makes a good value proposition for those with a heavy commute.

Starting with the expertly styled and spacious new Fusion midsize, Ford adds a plug-in hybrid system featuring a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder plus electric motor and eCVT automatic transmission, drawing power from a 7.6-kWH lithium-ion battery pack. The system outputs 195 max horsepower for ample power delivery as the fuel savings start to add up.

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