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  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, Mar 2013

    The news yesterday was simple: Ford has lowered the gas-mileage and efficiency ratings for six of its 2013 and 2014 models. Three are hybrids from Ford and Lincoln, two are Ford plug-in hybrids, and the last is the 2014 Ford Fiesta, newly updated, which has revised ratings for four different engine and transmission combinations. The company will send "goodwill" checks for $125 to $1,050 to owners and lessees of the roughly 200,000 affected vehicles, to compensate them for the increased gasoline they will use based on the lower ratings. ALSO SEE: Musk: Tesla Going Open Source, Lifting Patents...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013-2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Recalled Over Airbag Software Issue

    Ford is recalling 2013 and 2014 C-Max Hybrid models due to faulty airbag-control software.

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    Ford C-Max Hybrid Sales Hurt By Cut From 47 MPG To 43 MPG, Exec Says

    They say that honesty is the best policy. It's also said that the truth can hurt. Ford is experiencing both of these with its C-Max Hybrid--with lower sales since the company dropped its official EPA-rated mileage figures. The C-Max Hybrid was launched to great fanfare in 2012, touting EPA combined...

  • Ford C-Max Energi 'Upside' parody advert
    Ford Parodies Divisive Cadillac ELR Ad With 'Upside' C-Max Video

    Why do we work so hard? Because hard work means "anything is possible"--and maybe you'll get a nice pool and a fancy car out of it. At least, that's the answer if Cadillac's "Poolside" ad for its ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe was to be believed. MUST SEE: Tesla Model S To Get Titanium...

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    2015 Ford Focus Energi Rumored: 25 Miles Of Range, $27,500?

    Ford's sales of its two Energi plug-in hybrid models climbed steadily throughout 2013, and now it appears the company will add a third model to the Energi family for 2015. If rumors are correct, the 2015 Ford Focus Energi will add a plug-in hybrid model to the existing gasoline and battery-electric...

  • Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014
    Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge Electric Car

    Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions. The trouble is, electric cars draw too much power and take up too small an area for solar...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

    Ford plug-in hybrids may be shifting the sales balance away from battery-electric cars.

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    Ford Focus & Ford C-Max Hybrid: Is Now The Best Time To Buy?

    Dry announcements about temporary auto-plant shutdowns can sometimes offer hints to possible bargains on new cars. In this case, Ford said it will close the plant that makes the Ford C-Max Hybrid (and Energi plug-in hybrid) and the Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback for two separate weeks in...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    Ford C-Max Hybrids Recalled To Add Missing Door Chime

    Ford will update vehicle software to add the federally-mandated door chime.

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    Ford C-Max Hybrid Sales Seemingly Not Hurt By Fuel-Economy Shortfall

    Despite having its mileage ratings lowered, the Ford C-Max appears to still be popular with customers.

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    EPA's Ford C-Max Hybrid Gas Mileage: "Our Testing Not At Fault"

    It's frustrating buying a car to find its gas mileage falls short of the official EPA ratings, and it's a frustration quite familiar to owners of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. The car was launched to much fanfare with its 47 mpg combined rating--identical to that of the Ford Fusion Hybrid--but it...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Ford's C-Max Mileage Mess: How It Happened And What It Means

    Ford spent nine months justifying the 47-mpg fuel-efficiency rating of its new 2013 C-Max Hybrid--before it bowed to public pressure and lowered it to 43 mpg late Thursday. While its three latest hybrid models continue to sell well, the latest reversal draws attention to Ford's challenges when the...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

    For Ford, it's all about "customer satisfaction"--a phrase it's repeated hundreds of times over the past nine months. During that time, it's grappled with the realization that not only did its 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid not achieve anywhere close to its 47-mpg EPA rating, but the shortfall had made buyers very unhappy and was being covered extensively by the media. Yesterday--as rumored--Ford said it would reduce the EPA rating on the 2013 C-Max Hybrid. The revised label has been cut from 47 mpg to 43 mpg. Carmakers cannot rate vehicles higher than the mileage achieved in test results they submit...

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    Ford To Lower Disputed C-Max Hybrid Gas Mileage Estimates: Report

    Ford will lower the 47-mpg gas mileage rating for its C-Max Hybrid hatchback, a much-disputed metric that was never backed up by real-world owner experience. Soon after the cars launched a year ago, widespread media coverage--on this site and Consumer Reports, among others--indicated that owners...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012
    Ford Plug-In Drivers Do 60% Of Miles On Electricity (Just Like Volt)

    Ford plug-in hybrid drivers are really making the most of the electric range of their vehicles--with nearly 60 percent of trips done entirely gas-free. That's according to Ford itself, using aggregated data from the MyFord Mobile app. The most interesting thing is that as many Ford plug-in owners...

  • 2013 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius Vs. Ford C-Max Hybrid: Pros And Cons

    For several years, Toyota had the hybrid market pretty much sewn up with its Prius. Okay, so it never reached the heady economy highs of the original Honda Insight, but it was far more practical and electric running made it the hybrid of choice in city driving. That's until the Ford C-Max Hybrid...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Ford C-Max, Fusion Hybrids To Be Modified To Boost MPG In Real-World Use

    That noise you heard yesterday afternoon? That was the sound of the other shoe dropping. Ford said yesterday that it will "enhance the on-road fuel economy performance" of the 77,000 2013 hybrid models it's sold over the last year, in an effort to "improve customer satisfaction." The announcement...

  • 2013 Ford Focus Electric
    After Price Cut, Will More Choose 2014 Focus Electric Over C-Max Energi?

    If you've been considering an electric car but have been deterred by pricing, it might be worth another try—or at least another look at the numbers. This past week, Ford dropped the price of the 2014 Focus Electric to $35,995; that's about a 10-percent cut from the 2013 sticker price of...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 2012

    Plug-In Hybrids like the Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi—or the Toyota Prius Plug-In, among others—encourage those with regular commutes to plug in daily and do some (or all) of their commute in electric-only mode, without the gasoline engine ever firing up. But it appears that many owners of plug-in hybrids are doing more than just nighttime plugging-in at home. “What we are finding—and this is a little bit counterintuitive—is that our plug-in customers appear to be charging more often than our battery-electric customers,” said Tinskey earlier...

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    Hybrid Sales Soar So Far In 2013: Ford Rises, Prius Falls

    For a long time, the Toyota Prius was the only game in town for high fuel-efficiency vehicles. Starting with the 2004 model, it really came to define the public image of a hybrid car. Now, though, as hybrids and plug-in cars are slowly growing their share of the market, Prius sales have fallen--not...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Can Ford's C-Max And Fusion Hybrids Really Outsell Toyota?

    Ford's hybrid sales have been on a roll this year, with two new models for 2013 now in showrooms across the country. The company sold almost 30,000 Ford and Lincoln hybrids from January through April, just about triple the number in its best comparable previous period, which was 2011. That led some...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    Ford C-Max Does Not Beat Prius V Wagon In Real-World Use

    We've written quite a lot about the gas mileage of Ford's two new 2013 hybrid models, the C-Max and Fusion hybrids. That's because a lot of shoppers and buyers have been talking about it. Both cars are rated at 47 mpg combined, and neither car seems to achieve anything close to that rating in...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012
    Ford C-Max & Fusion Hybrid Gas Mileage Lawsuits Combined

    When journalists and buyers alike found they were struggling to hit Ford's gas mileage claims for the Fusion and C-Max hybrids, we knew it wouldn't take long for the situation to escalate. Ford now finds itself on the receiving end of a consolidated lawsuit from two Californian law firms, filing on...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    Ford Adds Charging-Station Search To Energi Plug-In Hybrids

    MyFord Mobile, Ford's smartphone app for the Ford Focus Electric, will soon be available on the brand's plug-in hybrid models too. The app allows customers to manage vehicle functions from their smartphone, such as viewing the state of charge, timing charging sessions, setting cabin temperature and...

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