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    Ford finds flex-fuel engine design plays big role in emissions output

    How bad is ethanol for your engine? There's been a lot of debate on this issue as the US considers upping the biofuel content in the national gasoline supply from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The ethanol industry and some scientists say higher ethanol blends show no "meaningful ...

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    Ford implements cost-cutting strategy for hybrid vehicles

    Even though there are more hybrids on the market today than ever before, automakers still need to squeeze more cost savings out each one, whether that be by economies of scale or by developing technology in-house. That's the strategy that Ford is using, says Sherif Marakby, the company's ...

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    Study ranks most efficient powertrains, lowest energy consumption chassis * UPDATE

    During the 2011 SAE World Congress, Clark Hochgraf – associate professor of electrical, computer and telecom engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology – presented a study that examined the powertrain and braking efficiency (PABE) and vehicle limited fuel consumption (VLFC) ...

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    Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan hybrids earn IIHS "Top Safety Pick"

    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As you line up your "want" list of new cars to replace that old jalopy, we think that safety should really be priority number one, with efficiency a close second. Finding a safe vehicle is actually quite easy, you simply ...

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    Report: Mark Fields tells dealers new compact Mercury coming in 2011

    Lincoln Concept C - Click for high-res image gallery
    At the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, FL on Sunday, Ford's President of the Americas Mark Fields announced the first new product for Mercury in several years. The fate of Ford's middle brand has been in doubt for ...

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    Report: Ford issues TSB fix for brake pedal on Fusion Hybrid models [w/video]

    Consumer Reports explains Ford Fusion Hybrid braking issue – Click above to watch the video after the break
    It would seem that Toyota isn't the only automaker with braking issues on its hybrid vehicles, as Ford has reportedly issued a Technical Service Bulletin outlining a software update ...

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    Eco Boost: Ford gains hybrid share, sales up 147% over 2008

    While automotive sales have been almost universally down in 2009 compared to 2008, Ford has a legitimate reason to crow about its December figures, which are up a third over December of '08 and an impressive 50 percent over November. The green side of the coin, though, looks even better. ...

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    Ford: New remote start option will reduce harmful emissions by up to 75%

    digg_url = ''; Good news, Ford fans: The Blue Oval is finally stepping into the 21st Century by adding remote start and heated steering wheels to its line of cars and trucks. The remote start option will make its first ...

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    2010 Green Car of the Year finalists - three hybrids, two diesels - announced

    Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery of GCOTY finalists
    Last year, Volkswagen's Jetta TDI was named the 2009 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show, which means that the Volkswagen Golf TDI has a bit of baggage if it wants to try and win the 2010 award. Regardless, ...

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    How Ford's Smartgauge came to pass

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    A few months ago, Ford unveiled the new eco-friendly instrument cluster called the SmartGauge in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids. Since there's no new car to highlight right now, Ford though it'd be a good time to give the ...

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    Review: 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res gallery
    At the LA Auto Show in November, Ford unveiled the updated 2010 Fusion and its hybrid stablemate to considerable fanfare. When we got the chance to drive the Fusion a month later we came away impressed, although some of you found the ...

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    Hybrids dominate the Intellichoice Best Overall Value of the Year Awards

    Click above for a gallery of the Ford Escape Hybrid
    IntelliChoice used the Chicago Auto Show to announce its Best Overall Value of the Year Awards, and, lo and behold, it's loaded up with hybrid and eco-friendly vehicles. Included in the list of winners for 2009 are:
    Honda Civic Hybrid for ...

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    LA 2008: Ford Fusion hybrid, and its Mercury Milan cousin, unveiled

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the Mercury Milan
    We have known about the new Ford Fusion hybrid since early this morning, but now we've got the live pics so you can judge for yourself if these wonder hybrid twins were worth the wait. As of right now, these are our readers' second-most ...

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    You may have to wait a while to get a 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid

    One of the highlights of the redesigned Ford Fusion that will debut in less than two weeks is the new hybrid model. The new Fusions, along with the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, will start production in December shortly after the LA Auto Show at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant. In spite ...

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    Tech Analysis: 2010 Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan powertrains, 38 mpg hybrid!

    The long-awaited redesign of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan is almost upon us and we got our first look at the new powertrains this week in Dearborn. As expected, increased fuel efficiency has been the number one priority for Ford's engineers, followed by power and refinement. In the ...

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    Ford to retool 3 truck plants for small cars starting in December

    In conjunction with the announcement of an $8.7 billion loss for the second quarter, Ford confirmed what had been suspected for some time with a major shift in production capacity from trucks to cars. Starting in December of this year, three truck plants will be retooled so that they can build ...

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    Craigslist Find of the Day: '67 Mercury Cougar with Mercedes diesel engine

    Click on the image for high-res shots of this diesel 1967 Mercury CougarMuch of the vegetable oil and biodiesel movement centers around the classic Mercedes-Benz inline six cylinder engine, but fine examples of the genre are getting tougher to find. As is always the case with older machines, time ...

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    Earth Day: How far must you drive your hybrid before it pays off?

    Hybrids help you save gas at the pump, this is something we all know. We also know why burning less gasoline is good: fewer greenhouse gases are emitted to the atmosphere, it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and we spend less money at the pump. However, there is always the question about what ...

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    DC Auto Show: Ford refines the Escape/Mariner hybrids

    Just in time to better compete with the upcoming Saturn Vue Two-Mode hybrid, Ford is rolling out a series of updates to the Escape and Mariner (and likely the badge engineered Mazda Tribute) hybrids. The big news is an updated 2.5L four cylinder engine that supplants the existing 2.3L unit. The ...

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    Rankingsandreviews says American hybrids not that good

    Rankingsandreviews (owned and operated by U.S.News & World Report and Bulletin News) has published its latest 2008 Car Ranking, which, besides some general highlights about the US market (Honda still the king, GM rapidly improving - the full press release is after the jump), has a specific ...


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