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Ford has the Prius v in its crosshairs

Ford is taking the fight straight to Toyota with its new C-MAX Hybrid. While we first brought you news of the vehicle last year, Ford is now accepting per-orders for what it sees as the perfect competitor for the popular Prius v.
Ford announced that the C-MAX Hybrid will have a base price of $25,995 which is $500 lower than the Prius v. Ford also plays the "spec war" game by touting slightly greater maximum cargo capacity (99 cu. ft. vs. 97 cu. ft.) and roughly an inch greater headroom for both front and rear passengers.

Ford C-MAX Hybrid 

The C-MAX Hybrid is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine (Atkinson Cycle), which is paired with a CVT and Ford's hybrid powertrain (now with a lithium-ion battery pack).  We have the feeling that this is the same system that powers the second generation Ford Fusion Hybrid. While Ford isn't yet giving out EPA numbers for the C-MAX Hybrid, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid is good for 47/44 (city/highway).

“C-MAX Hybrid offers better fuel economy, performance, technology and functionality than Prius v – and C-MAX Hybrid customers will pay less at the dealership and at the pump,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford is delivering the power of choice for leading fuel economy across its lineup – from EcoBoost to electrified vehicles – because customers increasingly want to save money at the pump, even as gas prices rise over time.”

Production of the C-MAX Hybrid is already underway, and potential customers can spec and price out one on Ford’s site. A plug-in variant, the C-MAX Energi, will be available later this year.

Source: Ford

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RE: Zero failure to boot
By tayb on 5/17/2012 2:25:12 PM , Rating: 2

The "real information" you linked/quoted was a report conducted by Ford about Ford quality. The supposed third party even uses the term our when describing Ford's lack of battery problems. Even the odds are ridiculous. If there has never been a failure, where did that random ratio come from? Then battery cell is swapped for motor failures? Which is it? Ford has not had a single motor failure among that entire fleet of taxis or a battery has not failed?

Ford has had very high quality with their battery packs but that is not the only thing that can fail in a vehicle. Overall vehicle dependability indicates that Ford is still lagging behind Toyota, Scion, and Lexus.

RE: Zero failure to boot
By Mint on 5/17/2012 2:52:42 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have an aversion to reading?

"If there has never been a failure, where did that random ratio come from?" He said there hasn't been a failure with motors, not batteries.

Read the link he gave you, and you'll see that "Ford claims that only five issues among the nearly 43 million battery cells used in Ford taxicabs have been recorded"

If you're accusing Ford of fabricating the claims, well, there's nothing anyone can do to convince you otherwise. He was talking about hybrids, as this article is about hybrids, while your link is about overall brand quality.

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