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Ford bids to be leader of plug-in vehicle sales

Ford Energi line joins Toyota Prius plug-in, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf in nationwide sales of electrified cars.
A Tesla Model S P85+ chargers at the supercharger in a parking garage in downtown Normal, Ill. (Robert Duffer)
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Nov. 6, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune

There’s a new prominent player in the growing plug-in vehicle market: Ford. More

Ford Energi line joins Toyota Prius plug-in, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf in nationwide sales of electrified cars.
A Tesla Model S P85+ chargers at the supercharger in a parking garage in downtown Normal, Ill. (Robert Duffer)
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Nov. 6, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

By Robert Duffer, Chicago Tribune

There’s a new prominent player in the growing plug-in vehicle market: Ford. More

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Ford recalling nearly 24,000 Focus EV and C-Max models over door chime

2013 Ford C-Max HybridFord will be voluntarily recalling 23,830 Focus Electric and C-Max Hybrid and Energi models equipped with push-button ignition, according to The Detroit News. Why? Because the cars don’t make a noise when the driver’s door is open, and are therefore in violation of federal regulations. It’s not as silly as Honda’s badging recall that isn’t a rec More

2013 Ford C-Max HybridFord will be voluntarily recalling 23,830 Focus Electric and C-Max Hybrid and Energi models equipped with push-button ignition, according to The Detroit News. Why? Because the cars don’t make a noise when the driver’s door is open, and are therefore in violation of federal regulations. It’s not as silly as Honda’s badging recall that isn’t a rec More

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Ford will roll out electric car trio

Ford will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.

Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero-emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, Germany, which will arrive in Ir More

Ford will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.

Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero-emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, Germany, which will arrive in Ir More

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Ford’s strong electrified vehicle sales in August, second only to Toyota

Ford is reporting strong sales growth in hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, validating their Power of Choice strategy which aims to grab market share from Toyota and Honda.

Ford Motors is reporting strong growth in sales of their line of electrified vehicles, especially in California. Total sales for August of 8,292 cars is up 288 percent since August 2012, when their Power of Choice strategy More

Ford is reporting strong sales growth in hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, validating their Power of Choice strategy which aims to grab market share from Toyota and Honda.

Ford Motors is reporting strong growth in sales of their line of electrified vehicles, especially in California. Total sales for August of 8,292 cars is up 288 percent since August 2012, when their Power of Choice strategy More

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Buyer’s Guide: 2013 Ford C-MAX

– New model for North America.

Another cleverly packaged Euro-transplant, this tallish MPV (multi-purpose vehicle in Euro-speak) arrives as both a hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid. Power comes from a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and an electric traction motor drawing power from an advanced lithium-ion battery system. Ford’s in-house hybrid drivetrain is the most well-integrated More

– New model for North America.

Another cleverly packaged Euro-transplant, this tallish MPV (multi-purpose vehicle in Euro-speak) arrives as both a hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid. Power comes from a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and an electric traction motor drawing power from an advanced lithium-ion battery system. Ford’s in-house hybrid drivetrain is the most well-integrated More

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Ford C Max hybrid worth a try for the environmentally conscious

Ford has a new car on its hands that does not quite fit any mold.

The C MAX is innovative — some would say top of its line — but I found myself wondering just what line it would be.

In some corners, it would be a mini-SUV for its higher perch, and in others a fuel-miserly hybrid that could nearly take on the mighty Prius.

What is obvious is its C MAX Energi status More

Ford has a new car on its hands that does not quite fit any mold.

The C MAX is innovative — some would say top of its line — but I found myself wondering just what line it would be.

In some corners, it would be a mini-SUV for its higher perch, and in others a fuel-miserly hybrid that could nearly take on the mighty Prius.

What is obvious is its C MAX Energi status More

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Ford revises C-Max mileage claims, offers rebates to owners

Ford of Canada will revise 2013 fuel consumption labels for its C-Max hybrid crossover, after Ford’s recent testing indicated that the gas-electric hybrid didn’t achieve its stated figures; the company will also compensate Canadian C-Max owners up to $895.

The decision comes after a year of questions surrounding the real-world veracity of the fuel economy figures listed for the Ford Fus More

Ford of Canada will revise 2013 fuel consumption labels for its C-Max hybrid crossover, after Ford’s recent testing indicated that the gas-electric hybrid didn’t achieve its stated figures; the company will also compensate Canadian C-Max owners up to $895.

The decision comes after a year of questions surrounding the real-world veracity of the fuel economy figures listed for the Ford Fus More

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Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi vs 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV

Read about the Autos.ca Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi vs 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV

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Read about the Autos.ca Comparison Test: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi vs 2013 Toyota Prius PHEV

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Ford’s Hybrid & Plug-in Electric Vehicle Surge

Ford has not historically been a leader in hybrid or electric vehicle technology. Toyota and Honda very clearly led the introduction of mass-market hybrid electric vehicles. More recently, Nissan and GM have led the burgeoning 100% electric and plug-in electric vehicle markets. But maybe Ford actually had a strategy. (Yes, I generally give people the benefit of the doubt.) Maybe it was just waitin More

Ford has not historically been a leader in hybrid or electric vehicle technology. Toyota and Honda very clearly led the introduction of mass-market hybrid electric vehicles. More recently, Nissan and GM have led the burgeoning 100% electric and plug-in electric vehicle markets. But maybe Ford actually had a strategy. (Yes, I generally give people the benefit of the doubt.) Maybe it was just waitin More

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Ford Delivers Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever; Grows Its Market Share And Attracts New Customers To The Brand

Ford Delivers Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever; Grows Its Market Share And Attracts New Customers To The Brand

Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles – up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 – as demand grows in markets across the United States and as more Toyota and Honda custom More

Ford Delivers Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever; Grows Its Market Share And Attracts New Customers To The Brand

Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles – up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 – as demand grows in markets across the United States and as more Toyota and Honda custom More

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Ford Delivers Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever; Grows Its Market Share And Attracts New Customers To The Brand

Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles – up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 – as demand grows in markets across the United States and as more Toyota and Honda customers trade in their vehicles for a Ford.

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Ford Motor Company set a record for hybrid sales in the second quarter of 2013, with sales of 24,217 vehicles – up 517 percent over last year and up 15 percent over the first quarter of 2013 – as demand grows in markets across the United States and as more Toyota and Honda customers trade in their vehicles for a Ford.

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At Last, Ford Brings Electrified Models to Europe

A Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, a Ford Transit Connect EV and a Ford Focus EV in Cologne, Germany

Ford is a leader in hybrids in America, but it has yet to sell the first one in Europe. I took a test drive of an Escape Hybrid in Paris in 2006, and I though More

A Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, a Ford Transit Connect EV and a Ford Focus EV in Cologne, Germany

Ford is a leader in hybrids in America, but it has yet to sell the first one in Europe. I took a test drive of an Escape Hybrid in Paris in 2006, and I though More

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Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrids Support €13.2 Million Mobility Study into Integrating Electric Vehicles into Cities

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles hit the road in Europe Seventeen cars support €13.2 million study into urban use of electric vehicles in Cologne, Germany The “colognE-mobil” study investigates integration of electric vehicles into transport infrastructures, and could offer a template for adoption in further cities in the future Ford begins selling the C-MAX Energi in 2014 More

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles hit the road in Europe Seventeen cars support €13.2 million study into urban use of electric vehicles in Cologne, Germany The “colognE-mobil” study investigates integration of electric vehicles into transport infrastructures, and could offer a template for adoption in further cities in the future Ford begins selling the C-MAX Energi in 2014 More

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2013 Ford C-Max: Prius challenger shines (video review)

decade after its debut in Europe, Ford unveiled the C-Max in the United States in the fall of 2012 as the carmaker’s hybrid-only line. It’s available as a gas-electric hybrid and the Energi, a plug-in hybrid. It’s not available in a gas-only model.

Ford’s goal is simple: It wants to infiltrate the long-standing dominance of the ever-expanding Prius family.

And the carmaker is More

decade after its debut in Europe, Ford unveiled the C-Max in the United States in the fall of 2012 as the carmaker’s hybrid-only line. It’s available as a gas-electric hybrid and the Energi, a plug-in hybrid. It’s not available in a gas-only model.

Ford’s goal is simple: It wants to infiltrate the long-standing dominance of the ever-expanding Prius family.

And the carmaker is More

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USA: C-Max Energi Plug-in Costs Less than Hybrid, After Incentives

Ford C-Max Energi

Here’s a new twist on the price premium argument against buying a car that plugs into the grid. Ford priced the plug-in version of the C-Max so close to the conventional hybrid version that—after considering federal and state incentives, as well as trim packages—shoppers can drive away with the plug-in at virtually the same price.

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Ford C-Max Energi

Here’s a new twist on the price premium argument against buying a car that plugs into the grid. Ford priced the plug-in version of the C-Max so close to the conventional hybrid version that—after considering federal and state incentives, as well as trim packages—shoppers can drive away with the plug-in at virtually the same price.

As usually, the devil is in More

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DriveWays: C-Max Energi moves plug-in hybrid technology forward

Some day, millions of motorists will travel in electric cars, and a brave few of them may even read a newspaper or magazine while the car drives robotically. — But we’re not close yet. It will take many years unless and until inventors devise practical long-range batteries that can be quickly and easily recharged, much as motorists today refuel at gasoline pumps.

Meanwhile, manufact More

Some day, millions of motorists will travel in electric cars, and a brave few of them may even read a newspaper or magazine while the car drives robotically. — But we’re not close yet. It will take many years unless and until inventors devise practical long-range batteries that can be quickly and easily recharged, much as motorists today refuel at gasoline pumps.

Meanwhile, manufact More

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Ford C-MAX Hybrids Outsell Toyota Prius Plug-in And Prius V; Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

Ford C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid combined November sales beat Toyota Prius plug-in and Prius v in C-MAX’s first full month of availability

C-MAX hybrids showcase Ford’s most advanced technologies, making both vehicles natural selections for Official Car of the 2013 International CES, the largest technology trade show in the world

Ford is committed to More

Ford C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid combined November sales beat Toyota Prius plug-in and Prius v in C-MAX’s first full month of availability

C-MAX hybrids showcase Ford’s most advanced technologies, making both vehicles natural selections for Official Car of the 2013 International CES, the largest technology trade show in the world

Ford is committed to More

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Ford Says C-MAX Hybrids Outsells Toyota Prius Plug-in and V in its First Full Month of Availability

Ford has taken yet another swipe at Toyota in the battle of the hybrids. The Blue Oval announced that in November, their first full month of availability, combined sales of its C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S. reached 4,846 units beating the More

Ford has taken yet another swipe at Toyota in the battle of the hybrids. The Blue Oval announced that in November, their first full month of availability, combined sales of its C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S. reached 4,846 units beating the More

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USA: Empire State of Drive: Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid Qualifies for New York Carpool Lane Access

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ —

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid for its Clean Pass vehicle carpool lane access program
C-MAX Energi offers a top speed of 85 mph – 20 more than Toyota Prius Plug-in – and a total range of up to 620 miles, enabling drivers to get where More

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ —

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid for its Clean Pass vehicle carpool lane access program
C-MAX Energi offers a top speed of 85 mph – 20 more than Toyota Prius Plug-in – and a total range of up to 620 miles, enabling drivers to get where More

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Trust is the New Black: Ford Markets to “Get Real” Consumers

How hard is Alan Mulally actually pushing the Ford Focus Electric? (Ford photo)

I have seen the future, courtesy of Ford. The company identifies 13 trends for 2013, which are interesting to filter through an electric car lens. The basic conclusion from the trends report, prepared by BAV Consulting, is that consumers want to buy products from brands they can trust. “Trust is the new black, More

How hard is Alan Mulally actually pushing the Ford Focus Electric? (Ford photo)

I have seen the future, courtesy of Ford. The company identifies 13 trends for 2013, which are interesting to filter through an electric car lens. The basic conclusion from the trends report, prepared by BAV Consulting, is that consumers want to buy products from brands they can trust. “Trust is the new black, More

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Ford plug-in hybrid goes 100 km/h on battery alone

It’s impossible to avoid talking about “green” and “clean” cars without touching on climate change. And that always unleashes the loonies on both sides of the argument.

That’s fine. I enjoy watching loonies in action – for entertainment purposes only. When it comes to actual decision-making and policy, give me New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“People will debate whethe More

It’s impossible to avoid talking about “green” and “clean” cars without touching on climate change. And that always unleashes the loonies on both sides of the argument.

That’s fine. I enjoy watching loonies in action – for entertainment purposes only. When it comes to actual decision-making and policy, give me New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“People will debate whethe More

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The Electrification of Detroit: a look a Ford C-Max Energi, GM’s EV efforts

It was lucky for me that GM’s recent media forum on its electrification efforts was in San Francisco, since I would already be there for the press launch for the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. And GM promised a session with its new global product guru, Mary Barra, and a brief drive of a prototype 2014 More

It was lucky for me that GM’s recent media forum on its electrification efforts was in San Francisco, since I would already be there for the press launch for the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. And GM promised a session with its new global product guru, Mary Barra, and a brief drive of a prototype 2014 More

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Ford sold 1,259 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids, 179 Focus Electrics in November

Ford reported selling 1,259 units of the C-MACX Energi plug-in hybrid in November, with cumulative sales of 1,403 units including 144 units from October, when the vehicle went on sale. Ford also reported its best month yet for the Focus Electric, with 172 units sold, bring the total for the year through November to 518 units.

Those results place Ford, with total plug-in vehicle sales for t More

Ford reported selling 1,259 units of the C-MACX Energi plug-in hybrid in November, with cumulative sales of 1,403 units including 144 units from October, when the vehicle went on sale. Ford also reported its best month yet for the Focus Electric, with 172 units sold, bring the total for the year through November to 518 units.

Those results place Ford, with total plug-in vehicle sales for t More

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Driven: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid trumps Prius v

Today we took our first drive in Ford’s new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid to sample their new competitor to Toyota’s Prius v. Does the new C-Max rise to all the hype and make you smile like the cute cartoon guy on the TV commercials? It just might.

The C-Max is a new versatile people mover that is not quite a minivan, not an SUV, nor a station wagon. Instead it’s a tall kind More

Today we took our first drive in Ford’s new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid to sample their new competitor to Toyota’s Prius v. Does the new C-Max rise to all the hype and make you smile like the cute cartoon guy on the TV commercials? It just might.

The C-Max is a new versatile people mover that is not quite a minivan, not an SUV, nor a station wagon. Instead it’s a tall kind More

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GE To Add Ford Plug-In Hybrids To Fleet Of Volts, Other Electric Cars

General Electric is adding a large fleet of 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids to its growing fleet of plug-in and electric vehicles.

The 2,000 Energi models will join GE’s existing fleet of Chevrolet Volts and other plug-ins.

The deal is Ford’s largest delivery of plug-in vehicles so far. For GE, it now means that 10 percent of its fleet, or around 5,000 vehicles, is More

General Electric is adding a large fleet of 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids to its growing fleet of plug-in and electric vehicles.

The 2,000 Energi models will join GE’s existing fleet of Chevrolet Volts and other plug-ins.

The deal is Ford’s largest delivery of plug-in vehicles so far. For GE, it now means that 10 percent of its fleet, or around 5,000 vehicles, is More

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USA: GE buys 2,000 Ford plug-in hybrids for fleet

DEARBORN,N Mich. — GE is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet.

Ford and GE announced the purchase of the C-Max Energi hybrid Tuesday.

GE has set a goal of converting half its fleet to alternative energy vehicles. With the Ford purchase, GE now has 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles, or about 10 percent of its fleet.

Ford will promote GE’s ele More

DEARBORN,N Mich. — GE is buying 2,000 plug-in hybrid cars from Ford for its corporate fleet.

Ford and GE announced the purchase of the C-Max Energi hybrid Tuesday.

GE has set a goal of converting half its fleet to alternative energy vehicles. With the Ford purchase, GE now has 5,000 alternative-fuel vehicles, or about 10 percent of its fleet.

Ford will promote GE’s ele More

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Ford Triples Dealers Certified to Sell C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Beats Toyota in Fuel Economy Across the Board

Ford has tripled to more than 200 the number of dealers certified to sell plug-in electrified vehicles, including C-MAX Energi – Ford’s first-ever plug-in hybrid
More than 900 dealers are either certified or enrolled for certification, far outpacing Ford’s original estimates for 350 total, with 25 percent of buyers placing plug-in hybrids on their shopping lists
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Ford has tripled to more than 200 the number of dealers certified to sell plug-in electrified vehicles, including C-MAX Energi – Ford’s first-ever plug-in hybrid
More than 900 dealers are either certified or enrolled for certification, far outpacing Ford’s original estimates for 350 total, with 25 percent of buyers placing plug-in hybrids on their shopping lists
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Ford EV+ feature “learns” to increase your energy efficiency

Ford Hybrid’s EV+ Feature Learns and Automatically Adjusts Powertrain to Deliver More Electric-Only Driving

Patent-pending EV+ allows vehicles to learn frequent destinations and as a result, changes the way power is used in vehicles such as C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Fusion Hybrid
Leveraging GPS data from Ford SYNC®, Ford engineers developed a proprietary, predictive softw More

Ford Hybrid’s EV+ Feature Learns and Automatically Adjusts Powertrain to Deliver More Electric-Only Driving

Patent-pending EV+ allows vehicles to learn frequent destinations and as a result, changes the way power is used in vehicles such as C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Fusion Hybrid
Leveraging GPS data from Ford SYNC®, Ford engineers developed a proprietary, predictive softw More

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Ford’s Flexible Michigan Assembly Plant Makes History by Launching C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Beating Toyota in Fuel Economy Across Lineup

Explorer 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 28 mpg highway beats Highlander by 3 mpg in the midsize crossover segment (note:Flex 3.5-liter EcoBoost ties Highlander)

Expedition at 20 mpg highway beats Sequoia by 2 mpg in the full-size SUV segment

Edge 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 30 highway beats Venza by 4 mpg in the midsize crossover segment

F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost at 22 mpg highway beats Tundr More

Explorer 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 28 mpg highway beats Highlander by 3 mpg in the midsize crossover segment (note:Flex 3.5-liter EcoBoost ties Highlander)

Expedition at 20 mpg highway beats Sequoia by 2 mpg in the full-size SUV segment

Edge 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 30 highway beats Venza by 4 mpg in the midsize crossover segment

F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost at 22 mpg highway beats Tundr More

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C-Max Energi joins lineup at Michigan Assembly Plant

At Michigan assembly plant in Wayne, Ford workers have begun producing the 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, the fifth v
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At Michigan assembly plant in Wayne, Ford workers have begun producing the 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, the fifth v
More ehicle assembled here.

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