Ford Expects Higher Hybrid Sales in 2009

By dancurranjr On December 31st, 2009

Ford Motor Co. said today that it is on track to sell more hybrid vehicles in 2009 than it ever has before.

Through November, Ford said has sold nearly 31,000 hybrid vehicles, or 67% more than it sold last year in the United States while total industry sales have declined 11%.

Ford’s hybrid sales increase is primarily driven by the spring introduction Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize car.

Through November, Ford sold 13,998 Fusion hybrids, according to Autodata Corp.

However, Ford still has a long way to go before it catches hybrid market leader Toyota Motor Corp. Through November, Toyota has sold 127,907 Priuses, according to Autodata Corp.

Ford also introduced the Mercury Milan hybrid midsize car earlier this year and sells hybrid versions of its Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs.

SOURCE: FreeP.com

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid Offers Good MPG and Fair Price

By dancurranjr On May 15th, 2009

2010mercury-milanFord Motor Company introduces the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid which delivers up to 41 miles per gallon. The vehicle is a midsize sedan which can also operate on electric power with speeds up to 47 MPH without using a drop of gasoline. The automobile features an innovative dual-LCD SmartGauge cluster with EcoGuide which provides a four-level display to help you improve fuel efficiency.

One of the nice things about this Mercury car is that it is capable of driving more than 700 miles on one tank of fuel. The propulsion system is also equipped with a combination with a permanent magnet electric motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride (NiMN) battery. The engine is a 2.5L Atkinson-Cycle which runs on 4-cycliners.

The combined power rating is 191-net horsepower which features late intake valve closing (LIVC) and advancements in processor technology for seamless transitions from gas to electric operation. The Mercury automobile can also be equipped with a standard 3.0L Duratec 24-vavle V6 engine. It can use either gasoline or E85 alternative fuel that reduces carbon emissions.

SmartGauge With EcoGuide

SmartGauge with EcoGuide can help extend mileage on a tank of gas. It features an innovative LCD gauge cluster with colorful graphics and provides you with performance-related information on the Milan. There are four different levels of information which include:

  • Inform: Adds fuel level and battery-charge status
  • Enlighten: Adds electric vehicle mode indicator and tachometer
  • Engage: Adds engine output power and battery output power
  • Empower: Adds power to wheels, engine pull-up threshold and accessory power consumption

Nickel-Metal-Hydrive Battery Pack

The battery is a 275-volt nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) pack which transfers power to the electric motor. This propels the Milan car up to 47 miles per hour. In fact, that’s the highest possible speed of any hybrid vehicle in the electric mode. Ford also offers 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

The hybrid vehicle also has Regenerative Braking which helps to recharge the battery pack. For example, when you apply the brakes in a conventional vehicle, the energy is lost due to friction. During braking in the Milan, the electric motor captures 94 percent of this energy that is normally lost and sends it back to the battery pack to be stored for later use.

Milan also handles the roadway using Ford’s new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology. If the roadway is gravel or web, the Intelligent AWD can help provide proper traction. The AWD features are automatic and will respond instantly depending on road conditions.

The quality of the ride is responsive and smooth. The Mercury Milan has a double-wishbone independent front suspension with a stabilizer bar, a design commonly found in top-of-the-line sports and luxury cars. The flexibility of the multi-link independent rear suspension is designed to deliver excellent ride quality and handling capability.

SOURCE: NewsOxy

Mercury Milan at LemonFree.com

2010 Mercury Milan, Ford Fusion Set New Standard for Hybrids

By dancurranjr On April 21st, 2009

2010_ford_fusion_mediumI hadn’t even cast my vote for 2009 North American Car of the Year when the first contender for the 2010 award arrived at my doorstep on a snowy day just before Christmas.

The 2010 I hadn’t even cast my vote for 2009 North American Car of the Year when the first contender for the 2010 award arrived at my doorstep on a snowy day just before Christmas.

The 2010 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion hybrid midsize sedans are the first of a new generation of hybrids that will hit the road this year. They set the bar high for other eagerly awaited hybrids like the new Toyota Prius and Honda Insight that are to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Why then, are the 2010 Milan and Fusion hybrids such a big deal?

Because, for the moment at least, they vault Ford Motor Co. to the forefront of hybrid technology, easily topping the fuel economy of competitive midsize hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Chevy Malibu.

The Fusion and Milan hybrids are to go on sale this spring. Ford hasn’t announced prices, but I’ve got enough information to make a good estimate. Expect the Milan hybrid to start around $27,500. Expect a base Fusion hybrid to cost a couple of hundred dollars less than the Milan.

The Milan hybrid I tested had every conceivable option, from a power sunroof to a voice-controlled navigation system, blind-spot detection and a 12-speaker Sony stereo system. It will probably cost around $33,000.

Those prices compare favorably with the Toyota Camry hybrid, the car most similar to the Fusion and Milan hybrids. A base Camry hybrid stickers at $26,150. A fully optioned one goes for $32,858, but does not offer some features on the Milan I tested, including Sync for voice control of mobile phones, iPods and other audio devices.

Other competitors include the Nissan Altima hybrid, which uses the same system as the Camry, and the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura hybrids, which have less-powerful hybrid systems.

The Milan and Fusion hybrids generate 191 total horsepower from a 156-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor. That power is translated to the front wheels through a smooth and effective continuously variable transmission.

and Ford Fusion hybrid midsize sedans are the first of a new generation of hybrids that will hit the road this year. They set the bar high for other eagerly awaited hybrids like the new Toyota Prius and Honda Insight that are to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Why then, are the 2010 Milan and Fusion hybrids such a big deal?

Because, for the moment at least, they vault Ford Motor Co. to the forefront of hybrid technology, easily topping the fuel economy of competitive midsize hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Chevy Malibu.

The Fusion and Milan hybrids are to go on sale this spring. Ford hasn’t announced prices, but I’ve got enough information to make a good estimate. Expect the Milan hybrid to start around $27,500. Expect a base Fusion hybrid to cost a couple of hundred dollars less than the Milan.

The Milan hybrid I tested had every conceivable option, from a power sunroof to a voice-controlled navigation system, blind-spot detection and a 12-speaker Sony stereo system. It will probably cost around $33,000.

Those prices compare favorably with the Toyota Camry hybrid, the car most similar to the Fusion and Milan hybrids. A base Camry hybrid stickers at $26,150. A fully optioned one goes for $32,858, but does not offer some features on the Milan I tested, including Sync for voice control of mobile phones, iPods and other audio devices.

Other competitors include the Nissan Altima hybrid, which uses the same system as the Camry, and the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura hybrids, which have less-powerful hybrid systems.

The Milan and Fusion hybrids generate 191 total horsepower from a 156-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor. That power is translated to the front wheels through a smooth and effective continuously variable transmission.

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press

Ford Aims to be Hybrid Vehicle Leader

By dancurranjr On August 27th, 2008

After some disappointing quarterly results, Ford has made it clear where its future lies – with plans to become the number one hybrid car producer in America next year.

Ford intends to double the number of hybrid cars it offers with hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan to be added to the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape Hybrid the company already offers.

The company’s director of powertrain research, Dan Kapp, discussed the long-term strategy for the business at a recent Press event in Portland, Oregon, and outlined that the plan is to advance fuel-saving technologies across the product line and begin to delve into plug-in hybrids and more. After that the company will look into hydrogen fuel-cell cars, biofuel-powered cars and any other new technologies.

In particular, Kapp chose to highlight the EcoBoost engine available on select models. With direct injection and turbo charging it can raise fuel economy by as much as 20 per cent and can lower exhaust emissions by around 15 per cent.

Kapp also highlighted that Ford offers the first driveable hydrogen fuel-cell PHEV in the Edge HySeries but admitted that Ford was not pursuing hydrogen powered cars as quickly as Honda.

Source: GreenCarWebsite