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 |  Mar 17 2014, 10:18 AM

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Testing new vehicles doesn’t always go as planned, a lesson that Ford had to learn while our spy photographer looked on. 

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 |  Oct 30 2013, 7:28 PM

10. Ford Taurus (3.5L EcoBoost)


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If you’re shopping for a new car and reliability is at the top of your list of priorities, you might want to avoid the following vehicles found on this top 10 list.

Based on Consumer Reports‘ reliability studies and surveys, these are the top 10 least reliable new cars on the market right now with the rankings based on survey results covering 17 potential trouble spots. 

Kicking off the list is the Ford Taurus 3.5-liter EcoBoost model. The American automaker’s sedan is good for 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque from the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6. That specific model (SHO) starts at $40,695 while getting 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The SHO model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle activation with 19-inch wheels as standard.

You can read AutoGuide‘s review on the Ford Taurus here.

 |  Oct 05 2013, 11:01 AM

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Ford is recalling approximately 23,831 Focus Electric and C-Max models so that they make an audible door chime when the driver’s door is opened while the push-button start is engaged.

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 |  Sep 28 2013, 2:02 PM

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Ford has begun mailing checks to C-Max Hybrid owners as compensation for having revised the advertised fuel economy from 47 mpg to 43 mpg.

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 |  Aug 15 2013, 6:49 PM

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In light of today’s announcements by Ford, the EPA has announced that it will update its labelling procedures to keep pace with industry changes.

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 |  Aug 15 2013, 5:56 PM

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Ford has announced that it is voluntarily lowering fuel economy estimates for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid to 43 mpg combined from 47, and will be issuing compensation to current owners of the C-Max because of this change. 

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 |  Jul 28 2013, 7:33 AM

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Ford has announced a recall for 33,021 C-Max Hybrid vehicles built between January 19, 2012 through June 26, 2013 for a roof defect.

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 |  Jul 24 2013, 10:32 AM

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Ford Motor Company has announced record-breaking sales after counting 24,217 hybrid vehicles sold in the second quarter of 2013.

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 |  May 31 2013, 10:15 AM

All-New Ford Fusion Hybrid

The popularity of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, C-Max Hybrid, as well as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is translating into solid sales for the blue oval, as the brand has just beat its previous full-year record of hybrid sales in the first five months of 2013.

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 |  May 23 2013, 1:01 PM

Hybrid Domination


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Fuel efficiency is at the forefront of every new car-buyer’s mind. No one wants to spend $30,000 and find themselves throwing money away at the gas pump, so we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest vehicles that get 40 miles per gallon (combined) in order from most expensive to least expensive.

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 |  Mar 02 2013, 10:01 AM

A pair of California law firms are consolidating lawsuits against Ford, alleging that the American automaker has falsely marketed its MPG claims for its C-Max Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid vehicles.

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 |  Jan 30 2013, 8:31 AM

While achieving an all-time monthly sales record in December with 3,244 Fusion Hybrids sold, Ford is expected to shatter that number in January with a projected 5,500 units sold.

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 |  Dec 16 2012, 11:01 AM

The Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid combined for more sales in November than the Toyota Prius plug-in and Prius v models.

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 |  Dec 09 2012, 4:24 PM

Ford’s 47 mpg claims for its two new hybrid models have come into question and now the Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will review the automaker’s claims.

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 |  Nov 30 2012, 9:45 AM

Ford is projecting that its hybrid sales in the month of November will be its best yet, with over 6,000 hybrid vehicles sold – besting its previous 5,353 record in July 2009.

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 |  Nov 21 2012, 8:31 AM

After the recent debacle with Hyundai and Kia over their inaccurate MPG claims, Ford may now be under the spotlight as fuel economy numbers for its new hybrid models don’t seem to be living up to expectations.

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 |  Oct 09 2012, 8:31 AM

And Why They're Wrong


With an almost never ending list of myths and rumors, few vehicles are as misunderstood as the hybrid.

Almost every review or video posted on AutoGuide.com about a hybrid car has at least one reader comment about how the battery will deteriorate beyond repair, or that once you get a hybrid, you’re not a true driving enthusiast.

With so much misinformation about hybrid vehicles being spread around, we’ve decided to debunk six myths about gas-electric cars.

 |  Oct 04 2012, 8:01 PM

Ford’s all-new C-MAX Hybrid is aimed directly at the Toyota Prius V as a fuel-friendly family car, and in our recent review, we took a look at how it stacks up to the competition.

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 |  Aug 21 2012, 10:22 AM

Ford is going all out with its electrification strategy, and two of the newest vehicles to feature the latest hybrid technology are the Ford C-Max and Ford Fusion. 

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 |  Aug 20 2012, 3:37 PM

Ford’s new C-Max Hybrid is pushing the company’s fuel efficient agenda and it has gained an EPA rated 570 miles range on a single tank of fuel.

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 |  Aug 07 2012, 12:20 PM

Ford’s C-Max hybrid is all part of the company’s plan to triple electrified vehicle production capacity by 2013, and the EPA has officially rated the small hybrid at 47 mpg for city, highway and combined driving.

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 |  Jun 09 2011, 3:08 PM

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Ford will sell its C-Max minivan as a hybrid model only, in an effort to further compete with hybrid offerings like the Toyota Prius V, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, which are all offered in 5-door bodystyles.

The C-Max will come only in a 5-seater configuration, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations offered. Ford originally planned to offer the car with both a gasoline engine and seven seats. Ford is looking to triple production of electric vehicles and hybrids to more than 100,000 models by 2013.

“Whether people want a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or full battery electric vehicle, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s group vice president of marketing, sales and service.

Despite the ease with which Ford could produce a three-row or gasoline-only version of the C-Max, the move is likely a result of Ford’s desire to brand the C-Max as a “green” vehicle by way of its hybrid-only powertrain, in the same way that the Toyota Prius is synonymous with the term.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Jan 10 2011, 2:10 PM

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Although Toyota has been hyping their new Prius MPV for months, Ford‘s announcement of not one, but two hybrid minivans is sure to take the wind out of Toyota’s sails (no pun intended).

The C-Max Hybrid and Energi (Ford’s name for the plug-in variant) will be 5-seaters only, and use a lithium-ion battery pack, considered to be the next generation of hybrid battery technology. The car will also be built at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant, the first plant that will build electric and gasoline vehicles side by side.

The C-Max Energi will offer a number of interesting advantages; the ability to go 500 miles on a single tank of gas (the longest range for any plug-in), the chance to use HOV lanes with only a single occupant (in states such as California, where this is allowed) and fuel economy that bests the Fusion Hybrids 41/36 mpg rating. Ford also claims that the Energi will exceed the Fusion’s EV-only speed of 47 mph.

Visually, the Hybrid and Energi are distinguished by subtle fender badges, with the Energi’s charging port glowing upon connecting with a charging paddle. The Energi will be on sale in 2012, the same time as the Prius minivan. An interesting battle looks to be shaping up, with Ford’s newly resurgent lineup taking on the name in hybrids.

Gallery: Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi

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 |  Jan 10 2011, 1:01 AM

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Ford has just revealed two more examples of what kind of future the automaker is planning. Debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi (plug-in hybrid) clearly show the Blue Oval’s plan to expand the electrification of the vehicle, while also enforcing its position that the compact car is the way of the future.

Based on the same architecture as the new 2012 Ford Focus, the C-Max Hybrid and Energi join the new C-Max MPV, as well as the Focus hatchback, sedan and Focus Electric as a part of a plan to bring to market no fewer than 10 vehicles all based on the same global platform.

Like the Focus Electric, both models get a subtle restyle (complete with Aston Martin grille), although unlike the standard C-Max, these electrified versions only provide room for five – not seven.

While Ford isn’t releasing specifics on either powertrain, both vehicles will use a lithium ion battery pack. In the Focus Hybrid it will be a part of a system similar in principle to that of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and will operate the same. However, the lighter and more powerful battery promises to deliver big advantages with Ford claiming it will be able to drive on pure electric power above the 47 mph of the Fusion Hybrid. Ford also says to expect better fuel economy than the Fusion Hybrids 41-mpg rating.

As for the C-Max Energi, it will use a lithium ion battery that can be charged by plugging-in over night, so that initially the car will run on just electric power, before it reverts to operating like a conventional hybrid. In total it will deliver a range in excess of 500 miles – more than any other plug-in or extended range vehicle.

But as with all modern Fords the technology won’t be limited to what’s under the hood. In the cockpit will be a version of the new MyFord Touch telematics system adapted for electrified vehicles with special hybrid and electric battery information. A Brake Coach will also be included, helping drivers to better take advantage of the brake regeneration system. Plus, at the end of each journey, the display screen will show info including the total trip distance, miles gained from regenerative braking and total fuel consumed.

Much like with the Focus Electric, C-Max Energi owners will be able to stay connected with their car thanks to the MyFord Mobile app. Along with expected features like being able to check the state of charge from your smartphone, it can also do some unique things: like let you know how much longer it needs to charge to reach a pre-set destination in the Nav system; find charging stations; set the car warm up or cool down using power from the grid; and even let you pre-set charging times for off-peak utility hours. (Get more on the MyFord Mobile app here).

Both the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant and will go on sale in 2012.

GALLERY: Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

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GALLERY: Ford C-Max Hybrid

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