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    Ford's Line-Up Of Impressive Hybrid And All-Electric Vehicles

    Last updated 4 days ago

     With the consumption of natural resources a current concern, “Go Green” and other environment friendly ideals have essentially taken shape in our society.  The automobile industry adopted this concern introducing electric drive vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric vehicles all of which use electricity either as their primary fuel or to improve the efficiency of conventional vehicle designs.  
     
    Ford has risen as a real force in the hybrid markets.  The main feature of the hybrid is that when the car’s engine is started, electricity is its source of energy.  This helps curtail the tail pipe emissions that generally pollute the environment.  With the increase of automobile usage (due to our every growing population), the threat of toxic pollutants and global warming (to vehicle exhaust) increases.  Environmentalists highly recommend the use of hybrid cars to decrease tail pipe emission in service of the environment and the overall future of our society. 
     
    Ford’s Fusion Hybrid is as efficient as energy conservation vehicles get.  Its features make Ford’s design and schematics the crème de la crème of effectiveness:
     
    • 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and electric motor deliver 188 combined horsepower. 
    • State-of-the-Art Lithium-Ion Battery with power split hybrid technology. 
    • Gas engine kicks in extra power when needed, such as when passing or merging
    • Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) designed to provide seamless, gearless shifting
    • Both the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid let you travel in all-electric mode – up to 85 mph – allowing the electric traction motor to power the vehicle, providing impressive efficiency
     
    Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid boasts the following features:  
     
    • Optional plug-in recharge
    • EPA-estimated rating of 95 city/81 hwy/88 combined MPGe
    • EPA-estimated rating of 40 city/36 hwy/38 combined mpg
    • Combines a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas engine
    • Standard 120-volt or available 240-volt home-charging station
    • With a full tank of gas and when fully charged, the EPA-estimated range is 550 miles (electric and gas combined)
    • In all-electric mode, 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery provides enough power to operate up to 85 miles per hour as well as travel an EPA-estimated range of 19 miles
     
    Focus Electric possesses the following features: 
    • State-of-the-art 23 kWh liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery.  
    • Has an EPA-estimated range of 76 gas-free miles on each charge and is engineered to reach a top speed of 84 mph.  
    • All-electric motor designed to reduce energy loss and heat generation while reducing your carbon footprint. 
     
    C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid includes the following features:  
    • 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine with an electric motor to generate up to best-in-class.  (188 combined horsepower)
    • 240-volt home charging station is available for purchase with or without installation services.  
    • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
    • Dual-LCD next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide provides real-time information to help you get the most efficiency from your C-MAX Hybrid or C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid. 
     

    The Wallet-Friendly Ford Fiesta

    Last updated 25 days ago

    In this dog eats dog world, its good to know that there’s a vehicle manufacturer out there with its consumer’s best interest at heart and that’s evident with the Ford Fiesta through its build and pricing.  The 2015 Ford Fiesta is part of an elite segment of the subcompact market.  The Ford Fiesta is a super mini vehicle, first manufactured by the Ford Motor Company around 1976.  It is in its seventh generation having been perfected over time and continually pleasing the public.  The Fiesta has sold over 16 million units since 1976 making it one of the best selling Ford marques behind the Escort and the F-Series.  
     
    Since recent rumors of a 2016 redesign hit the streets the fact that there aren't a lot of changes from the 2014 to 2015 models is cool because of the general love of Fiesta’s slick European design.  The Fiesta is fun-to-drive with excellent fuel economy. With various exterior and interior colors and trim options, there are dynamic designs for the wild extrovert and more practical options for lovers of classics.  There are 4-door models (with trunk), or the more versatile 5-door hatchback body styles.  It’s strictly up to your lifestyle, which options are best for you.  
     
    The Fiesta comes in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels, or a hatchback-only high-performance ST. There is also the available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford says gives the Fiesta the best non-hybrid fuel economy on the market.  This great fuel economy is one of the greatest perks of the 2015 Ford Fiesta (as well as its low starting price).  Its modern build quality, higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features culminate into one of the most stylish subcompact styles seen to date.  The Fusion maintains its coolness, while keeping a competitive price against its peers.
     
    The Fiesta is beyond the ideal starter vehicle.  Built with its passengers in mind, use of high-strength lightweight boron steel helps protect critical occupant safety zones in the Fiesta.  Built with seven standard airbags, it’s the first in its class to offer a driver’s knee airbag.  The Fiesta ranges in price from $12,445 to $19,455 making them affordable and easy on a new-car budget. This vehicle is perfect as a starter car or graduation gift.  When your teenager comes, and they always do, to you with the grand idea of saving up the money to go half on their first car, remember, its better to buy a worry free affordable vehicle that offers efficiency and safety for a more than decent price than it is to put money into an inexpensive fixer upper that will cause you worry and money in repairs in the future.  The Fiesta is rated at 40 miles per gallon or better delivering cost effective fuel management saving consumers money in overall cost and maintenance. If you're tired of high gas prices that empty your wallet every time you fill up but don't want to invest in an all-electric hybrid, you'll find the Ford Fiesta enticing to say the least.   
     

    2015 Ford Fusion: Efficiency and Style At Its Best

    Last updated 27 days ago

    The 2015 Ford Fusion is making quite the impression in both the motor industry and with consumers.  Ford Fusion has always been an efficient, environmentally sound and economical family vehicle but the 2015 Fusion is also sleek and stylish to bat.  The Fusion’s 2015 redesign eliminates the base 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine (178-horsepower) in favor of the smaller (yet powerfully upgraded) 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine (181-horsepower).  The Fusion runs about $21,910 - $36,500, which is affordable without skipping on the luxury. One of the most engaging vehicles around, the 2015 Fusion comes in several trim-levels matching just about every need. 
     
    Sedan S and the Sedan S Hybrid 
     
    This base trim-level Fusion ranges in price from $21,910 (S) to $25,985 (S Hybrid) and offers the essential amenities that are found in all of the models.  The S-Hybrid model has an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 44/412 in comparison to the S model’s EPA-Est. MPG of 22/342.  
     
    The S comes standard with the 2.5L i-VCT engine, 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with shifter button activation, SYNC with MyFord and a rear view camera.
     
    The S-Hybrid comes standard with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine and electric motor, eCVT automatic transmission, SmartGauge with EcoGuide and a rear view camera.
     
    Regardless which model S you choose, you are still winning.  Affordability, dependability wrapped in a sleekly elegant body style.  
     
    Sedan Se, Sedan Se Hybrid and the Sedan Se Energi
     
    The SE trim-level Fusion has slightly elevated standard features compared to the S.  The SE Sedan, Hybrid and Energi range in price from $23,445 (SE), $26,790 (SE Hybrid) to $34,700 (SE Energi).  The SE Sedan has an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 22/342.  The SE Hybrid offers an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 44/412 in comparison to the SE Energi’s estimated EPA-Est. MPGe (City/Hwy) of 95/812.  Depending on your particular lifestyle the environmentally friendly SE Energi is the perfect option for the preservationist in your life.  Offering a clean fuel (100% energy, no gas) option in a lustrous package, Fusion is making waves for a better future.  
     
    Other amenities in all three trim-levels include the SYNC with MyFord Voice-Activated Communications and Entertainment System which allows you to keep in touch on the go, entertained and informed with the peace of mind of 911 Assist.  Automatic Headlamps with configurable daytime running lamps activate when the daylight lessens. 
     
    Sedan Titanium, Sedan Titanium Hybrid and the Sedan Titanium Hybrid Energi
     
    Like the SE trim-level, Titanium is available in sedan, hybrid and all electric models.  Ranging in price from $30,110 to $36,500 the Titanium(s) are nothing short of amazing.  The Titanium Sedan comes standard with a 2.0L EcoBoost® engine, the SYNC with MyFord Touch, audio system from Sony (with 12 speakers and HD Radio) (also available standard in the Hybrid).  The Hybrid comes standard with sport seats with leather seating surfaces and ambient lighting.  
     
    The Titanium Sedan has an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 22/332 while the Hybrid has an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 44/412.  The Energi has an estimated EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) of 95/812, which out shines most electric vehicle capacities.  
     
    Overall, consumers love Fusion’s ample passenger space, comfortable seating and large trunk, as well as the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB jacks, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving, which is absolutely awesome in a “Please don’t text and Drive” kind of way.
     

    The Edgy Ford Edge

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Ford’s Edge has resuscitated the Sports Utility Vehicle from its decline over the past couple of years, due to the staggeringly high gas prices that attacked the pockets of many Americans.  The Crossover Utility Vehicle has made waves with consumers, changing the game and making the CUV the new SUV of this time.  The sporty new Ford Edge has a lighter unibody chassis but the same height as an SUV offering the same space and power with less headache and hassle.  Manufactured with Ford’s all-new EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine, the Edge offers might without sacrificing the sanctity of the environment.  
     
    This years model Edge comes in 4 trim levels, the SE, SEL, Limited and Sports editions.  Each trim level possesses its own brilliance as well as amenities that uphold Ford’s high standards. The SE comes with cloth seats, single-zone manual air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player, and 17" painted aluminum wheels. The SEL includes unique cloth seats, 6-way power driver's seat, premium AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio controls, and 18" painted aluminum wheels.  The Limited includes leather-trimmed seats, and optionally, 6-way power front passenger fold-flat seat, EasyFold second-row seats with back release, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, SYNC in-car connectivity system, and 18" premium chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The Limited and Sport trim levels include leather-trimmed seats with grey faux suede inserts, reclining 60/40 fold-flat seats with center fold-down armrest, second-row seat back release (marketed as EasyFold), premium AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, SYNC in-car connectivity system, larger diameter chrome exhaust tips, 20" premium chrome-clad aluminum wheels, all body-colored trim and optional 22" wheels.
     
    Ford offers additional amenities that compliment its new sleek design and build.  New technology was added to the Edge to ensure that life is made simple.  The SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver-connect technology (optional in most options) allows drivers to communicate with the vehicle and in turn, allows your vehicle to understand this communication.  Other amenities to the MyFord Touch system are the SiriusXM Traffic with SiriusXM Travel Link39, BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning and the Intelligent Access (push-button start). 
     
    The Voice-activated navigation system with 3-D mapping and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions offers three routing preferences including EcoRoute, SiriusXM Traffic and the SiriusXM Travel Link that provides gas prices, points of interest, traffic and weather updates, sports scores, movie listings and more (available in Edge SEL, Limited and Sport models). 
     
    The Edge is not only concerned about its alluring new look, albeit bold and fresh, but safety is of utmost concern with Ford.  Safety was a top priority in the Edge design featuring the Safety Canopy® System with side curtain airbags, six airbags in total, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, a Personal Safety System and a SOS Post-Crash Alert System.  
     
    Its no wonder the Ford Edge is making waves as it enters the carpool.  The question is, are you edgy enough for the Edge?
     

    Ford Escape: When You Want A Little Bit More, But Not Too Much

    Last updated 1 month ago

    With the release of the 2015 Ford Escape, car industry specialists are anticipating a strong interest from the motoring public.  The Ford Escape has been one of the top selling SUV picks for many years and the new 2015 model is sure to keep to tradition.  The Escape is a cross between a sporty sedan and a roomy SUV with all the luxuries and perks of both.  The impressive fuel economy rating and versatility of the Ford Escape is just one of many reasons why this is a well sought after vehicle.
     
    The Engine
     
    The new, American-built Escape will feature turbocharged gasoline engines. The 1.6L SE EcoBoost AT 4×2 uses a 1.6-liter engine, which is good for 178 horsepower and 249 Newton-meters of torque.  The higher-grade 2.0L Titanium EcoBoost AT 4×4 gets the gutsy 240-HP engine with a healthy 366 Nm of torque. Both engines feature independent variable camshaft timing to improve low torque and high-end power. Considering the 2.0 EcoBoost is fit to thrust the much-heavier Explorer, it should deliver outstanding performance in the smaller Escape. The Escape’s transmissions are six-speed automatics, calibrated for the different engine displacements.
     
    Ford claims that the fuel economy of the new 1.6L EcoBoost engine will match that of the previous Ford Escape Hybrid, while the new 2.0-liter engine produces more horsepower than the current V6 unit. The new generation Ford Escape is 10% more aerodynamic than the previous generation.  
     
    The Features
     
    The Escape features a transponder key, which allows for easy access to doors as well as a push-button start system.  As an added convenience, Ford also implemented a hands-free liftgate system where you wave your foot under the center of the rear bumper and the liftgate raises itself.  This comes in handy for individuals with children or those carrying a number of bags or heavy objects. A wave of the foot also closes the hatch.  Integrated blind spot mirrors are standard on all models.  The blind spot mirror visually assists the driver with objects that appear in the blind spots.  The self-steering parking feature is an added amenity that enables the car to automatically steer into a parking spot using the parallel method.  Believe it or not, it is as simple as the driver only having to operate the accelerator and brake.  
     
    The Safety
     
    As with Ford’s standard, safety is pivotal.  The Escape uses high-strength steel, which provides better rigidity.  In case of an accident, the height-adjustable front seat belts ensures that all passengers, regardless of height and size are protected.  The SUV is also equipped with dual airbags and side curtain airbags for first and second rows.
     
    The Look
     
    The new Ford Escape combines the sporty looks of Ford’s Fiesta and Focus with the tall body configuration of the Explorer.  The Escape is available in the following colors; ingot silver, oxford white and tuxedo black, with black interior for the 1.6-liter variant. The 2-liter variant gets a choice of white platinum, magnetic metallic and tuxedo black with black interior, or sunset red with beige interior.  With its powerful façade and subtly sleek design this year’s Ford definitely fits the part as a winner.  
     
    All in all, 2015 looks to be an exciting year for the Ford Escape. Motorists looking for the versatility of a Sport Utility Vehicle but the simplicity of a sedan, look no further.  Ford’s Escape is the vehicle for you, when you’re looking for a little bit more, but not too much.
     

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