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With the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid presented at the Los Angeles auto show, the Dearborn-based automaker will go directly after Toyota and Honda for title of the most efficient hybrid sedan.
Using an updated version of the full-hybrid system featured in the most recent Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid is expected to return an impressive 39 mpg on the EPA city test cycle. If the Fusion Hybrid (and the mechanically identical Mercury Milan Hybrid) can achieve this figure, it will represent a 5-mpg improvement over the front-wheel-drive Escape/Mariner Hybrids and a 6-mpg improvement compared to the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Honda Civic Hybrid posts 40 mpg in the EPA's city regimen.
That's an impressive figure, given that the Fusion Hybrid uses the same 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine that makes up the gas-powered portion of the Escape Hybrid's powertrain. This engine incidentally makes 155 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque and is bolted to a continuously variable transmission, just as in the Escape Hybrid.
But Ford is referring to the hybrid powertrain in the Fusion Hybrid as "system 2.0," copying computer company jargon. What that means is that the nickel-metal hydride battery is smaller, using 208 cells instead of 250. It's also more powerful by almost 20 percent. And, because of "improved chemistry," the battery can be run at a higher temperature and is cooled using cabin air instead of auxiliary air-conditioning or fresh air. And at 145 pounds, Ford says the Fusion Hybrid's battery is 23 percent lighter. Smarter climate controls, refined regenerative braking and a host of other upgrades are also part of the installation.
According to Ford, the Fusion Hybrid can operate on purely electric power up to 47 mph, which would be a huge leap compared to the existing system, which typically fires the gas engine at about half that speed, depending on throttle application. The hybrid won't look much different from the standard Fusion, however. Ford will add its "road and leaf" logo, familiar from the Escape Hybrid. And the hybrid wears unique 16-inch wheels.
Inside the cabin, Fusion Hybrid drivers get a standard 110-volt power outlet and an instrument package Ford is calling "SmartGauge with EcoGuide." The SmartGauge portion of this consists of two reconfigurable LCD screens that sandwich the analog speedometer. They can be set up to display a wide variety of information including fuel and battery levels, instant and average mileage performance, engine output power, battery output power, accessory power consumption and more. The EcoGuide portion of the name indicates that Ford believes it can coach drivers into driving the car for maximum fuel-efficiency. Part of this is the kitschy "efficiency leaves" feature, which "grows" leaves and vines on the screen as a reward for efficient driving.
Electric MINI E @ 2008 LAAS
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BMW will build 500 copies of its first all-electric vehicle, the Mini E, as
part of a pilot project aimed at private and corporate customers in
California, New York and New Jersey. The Mini E will be formally unveiled
next month at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Mini E features a lithium-ion battery pack and a 201-horsepower electric motor
driving the front wheels through a single-stage helical gearbox. BMW says
the motor will produce peak torque of 162 pound-feet and will enable the
car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 8.5 seconds. Top speed
is electronically limited to 95 mph, and the car can travel up to 150 miles
on a single charge.
BMW converted the standard Mini into a two-seater to accommodate the
battery pack, which can be recharged from any standard power outlet. BMW
also will provide owners with a special "wallbox" charging unit that will
enable the batteries to fully charge in 2.5 hours.
The Mini E is being assembled through the end of this year at the brand's
factory in Oxford, England, with the driveline and batteries installed in
BMW plans to put cars into the hands of 500 customers on a one-year lease
with an extension option. The monthly payments cover all maintenance and
other technical service. At the end of the lease, all the cars will be
returned to BMW's engineering fleet for testing and evaluation.
All of the pilot cars are painted metallic dark silver, with a pure silver
roof. In addition, the cars all sport a serial number on their front
fenders, as well as a stylized yellow logo on the roof, the charger port
lid and other locations.
Inside, a central gauge and battery-level indicator replace the standard
tachometer. Seats are trimmed in yellow to match the car's "E" logo.
Boxster/Cayman Refreshed @ 2008 LAAS
MORE PORSCHE AND 2008 LAAS:
The 2009 Porsche Boxster is a more substantial upgrade than its modest
cosmetic changes might indicate. Like the Porsche 911 that has been
thoroughly refreshed this year, this Boxster benefits from new engines, a
new dual-clutch automated manual transmission and a number of smaller
changes to give it another few years before a complete redesign will be
The standard Boxster now gets a 2.9-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder
with 255 horsepower, while the
upgraded Boxster S gets a direct-injected 3.4-liter six with 310 hp.
Although the engines only offer modest output gains over their
predecessors, Porsche claims that both of the power plants represent
comprehensive redesigns that also offer cleaner emissions and increased
A new dual-clutch automated manual transmission is the big news for this
Boxster. Officially known as the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the
seven-speed gearbox replaces the Tiptronic automatic. Porsche says the PDK
gearbox not only shifts faster
than the Tiptronic, but also delivers improved fuel mileage. A Boxster S is
now capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, according
to Porsche. Part of the improvement comes from a launch control system that
comes as part of the optional Sports Chrono package.
Not much changes in the chassis department. The basic suspension layout
remains unchanged, although there are now slightly wider wheels to
accommodate larger brakes. For the first time, the Boxster S will offer
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) as an option. It adds a 13.8-inch
carbon-ceramic rotor at each corner with a four-piston caliper painted in
yellow. A mechanical limited-slip differential is also available on all
models with 18- or 19-inch wheels.
The interior revisions are also modest. A new Porsche Communication
Management (PCM) system attempts to reduce electronic complexity while
increasing the number of available options. The button count has been cut
in half to 16, while features like an iPod adapter and a USB port have been
added. Other new options include ventilated seats and a new audio system
called the Sound Package Plus.
Ford Fusion Hybrid @ 2010 Detroit Auto Show - NAIAS Video
Ford Fusion Hybrid @ 2010 Detroit Auto Show - NAIAS Video
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The Ford Motor Company, the only one of the Detroit automakers not to have
declared bankruptcy in 2009, made a clean sweep of the 2010 North American
Car and Truck of the Year awards. The Ford Fusion Hybrid was named the 2010
North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect was named
the 2010 North American Truck of the Year as the 2010 Detroit Auto Show
kicked off media preview days.
2013 Ford Explorer Sport 0-60 MPH Mile High Drive and Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The new 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is a family
hauler, but it's also the fastest Explorer that you can buy. Under the hood
of this Crossover rocket is Ford's 3.5L V6 EcoBoost twin turbo engine that comes straight out of the Ford
Taurus SHO. In other words, think of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport as an
all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus SHO that can seat up to 7 people. In this
TFLcar drive and review we find out just how fast the Ford Explorer Sport
with go from 0-60 MPH @ a mile above sea level.
Tank Smashes Prius! Toyota Prius Battles AMC Gremlin & Suffers Crushing Defeat - Roadkill Ep. 17
On this episode of Roadkill, a tank squashes a Prius to smithereens! It
runs over that junk without even noticing. That's all you really need to
know about this episode of Roadkill, but if you jump straight to the tank
carnage you'll miss a bunch of cool stuff. Like when Freiburger and
Finnegan attempt a shootout between a Toyota Prius hybrid and a '75 AMC
Gremlin, trying to prove that the Gremmie is more of a greenie. It was all
fun and games until the Prius engine let go on the race track in a ball of
flame. Because Roadkill. After that, you've gotta see the guys once again
embrace their own Kryptonite: flat-towing. Yup, as it turns out, dragging a
dead Prius with a lighter, smaller Gremlin ends real badly. But in the end,
the Prius is wafer thin and the Gremlin's still on the road. Still want to
jump right to the tank smash? Don't be that guy.
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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review and Test Drive
Greg Cavanaugh, automotive writer for the Gallup Journey Magazine, does an
in-depth review and road test of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. This video
supplements the written article on the Fusion Hybrid found in the June 2009
issue of the Gallup Journey Magazine. www.gallupjourney.com
***please note that this is an independent video and is in no way
affiliated with FORD***
Ford DigiKnows: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Part 1
The engineers behind the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid tell us more about how
this car operates. Plus find out what kind of testing they did to get this
41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway vehicle technology on
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT:
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Thanks to the popular Toyota Prius, the car buying
public has developed certain expectations for hybrid vehicles. The Ford
Fusion Hybrid largely defies those expectations by looking and driving
virtually the same as its non-hybrid counterparts. In fact, for most
drivers the only noticeable difference when driving the Fusion Hybrid will
be substantial fuel savings.
New 2014 Ford Explorer Sport Review and Walkaround
Today we got our hands on a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport edition! This SUV
packs power, luxury, and many class exclusive features into a really nice
looking vehicle. The Explorer Sport engine is a 3.5L V6 Twin turboCharged EcoBoost engine putting out plenty of power with
its four wheel drive.
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