The most interesting part of the fuel
economy improvement plans for automotive enthusiasts is that Ford is
not increasing fuel economy at the cost of performance. Ford is
actually boosting performance in some of its vehicles and still
saving fuel. One good example is the new V6
engine making its way into the 2011 Ford Mustang. The new V6
produces 305 hp -- only a few ponies shy of the output of the current
V8 -- and still achieves 30mpg on the highway.
Ford has also
introduced a line
of EcoBoost engines that offer very impressive performance while
sipping fuel. Ford gives most of the credit for its fuel economy
improvements to the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids. Moving
forward, Ford expects the Fusion and Milan hybrids along with the
EcoBoost four cylinder engines to help it improve its fuel economy
ratings even more.
“2009 has been a breakthrough year for
Ford, leading with the launch of EcoBoost and the introduction of new
products that will result in further improvement in 2010,” said Sue
Cischke, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety
Engineering. “Our commitment to delivering affordable,
fuel-efficient vehicles for millions has never been stronger or
Ford points out that fuel economy in
its 2010 Fusion improved 21% compared to the 2009 model going from 28
mpg to 34 mpg. Ford is looking to EcoBoost for big gains in its
future lineup. The Blue Oval will offer EcoBoost engines in 90% of
its fleet by 2013 and 100% of its transmissions will be advanced six
speed units. The 2011 Mustang V6 gets six-speed auto and manual
transmissions and the 2011 Mustang GT is rumored to get the same
transmission options along with a 412
hp 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Ford was the first U.S. automaker to
a profit with the poor economy.
quote: 412 hp 5.0-liter V8 engine.
quote: and Camaros are for rednecks