Archive for June, 2011

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Superpowers and Robot Voices: Free Rides

June 29, 2011

Superpowers and Robot Voices: Free Rides Part IV With Doug, Ford’s Spokespuppet http://youtu.be/HVQm4uV32kE

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The Jazz Man and Doug, Ford’s spokespuppet

June 28, 2011

http://youtu.be/sY6t4JB1bSA

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Ford chief wins top honours – Autos.ca

June 28, 2011

Ford chief wins top honours – Autos.ca.

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A racing challenge from Doug, #Ford’s s

June 27, 2011

A racing challenge from Doug, #Ford’s spokespuppet. http://youtu.be/97ok7IO4_Ag

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Cool technology! Ford’s Intelligent Vehicle Program – vehicle-to-vehicle communications, – Autos.ca

June 27, 2011

 

 

 

Feature: Ford’s Intelligent Vehicle Program – vehicle-to-vehicle communications, – Autos.ca.

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Ford to offer Mich.-built hybrid, plug-in C-Max

June 24, 2011

Ford will offer gas-electric hybrid and plug-in electric versions of its C-Max that will go into production next year at the automaker’s Michigan assembly plant in Wayne.

Batteries for both the hybrid and plug-in C-Max will be made at Ford‘s Rawsonville parts plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., and workers at the Van Dyke transmission plant will make the drivetrain. Ford is adding 170 jobs at the two plants, as well as 50 new engineers in Dearborn.

Taking a page from Toyota’s strategy that established Prius as the dominant hybrid electric vehicle in the United States, Ford is betting that a dedicated alternative powertrain nameplate will enable it to triple its production of electrified vehicles to 100,000 annually, from 35,000, by 2013. But it’s a new name to U.S. consumers.

The C-Max has been sold in Europe since 2010 with traditional gasoline and diesel engines. It is what Europeans call a multi-activity vehicle. Most Americans would recognize it as a small crossover model.

“Our customers have really changed in the last 120 days,” said Jim Farley, head of Ford‘s marketing, sales and service. In the wake of pump prices that have hovered near or above $4 a gallon for more than a month, consumers are looking at miles-per-gallon numbers whether they’re buying a pickup truck or a subcompact commuting car.

Farley said both C-Max models would average better than 41 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

Ford currently offers gas-electric hybrid options on its Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans and the Escape SUV. It is launching all-electric powertrains of its Transit van and the 2012 Focus.

Toyota remains the industry leader in hybrid vehicle sales, largely on the strength of the Prius, which has been on U.S. roads for more than a decade.

Farley declined to give details about the new C-Maxes, such as pricing or how far the plug-in electric can be driven on the battery alone.

Ford went public with its C-Max plan less than two weeks before Toyota will give reporters a first look at its new Prius V, a larger wagon-like derivative of its iconic hybrid sedan.

Like the Chevrolet Volt plugin electric and the Nissan Leaf battery-only car, the plug-in C-Max will qualify for U.S. federal tax credit, but the exact amount is yet to be determined.

“It may be too late for them to replicate Toyota Prius numbers with C-Max alone,” said Aaron Bragman, a IHS Automotive analyst. “But these are the types of vehicles all automakers are going to have to sell in large volumes to meet the government’s fuel economy standards.”

(from The Windsor Star)

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More Doug, spokespuppet for Ford…http:

June 24, 2011

More Doug, spokespuppet for Ford…http://youtu.be/-8_2fMw6m4E