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Its fuel-saving technologies will save over 2 MPG on the highway

Ford today announced the Atlas Concept, which features next-generation EcoBoost technology. The Atlas Concept has an EcoBoost powertrain that uses gasoline direct injection turbocharging. This allows for a 20 percent increase in fuel economy and a 15 percent drop in CO2 emissions. The powertrain also features Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff tech, which (as the name suggests), shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.

The Atlas Concept also looks to save fuel in other ways, such as the Active Grille Shutters that stay open when cooling is needed; Active Wheel Shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics but open at slow speeds; Drop-Down Front Air Dam that lowers at highway speeds for underbody airflow, and Power Running Boards that help passengers enter the truck at rest and move closer to the vehicle when it's traveling for improved aerodynamics.

Using all of these fuel-saving technologies saves roughly 2 MPG on the highway.

In addition to fuel-saving efforts, Ford showed off some other tech that the Atlas is sporting. Some include the 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera for fitting the vehicle in tight places, Dynamic Hitch Assist for an accurate fitting of a hitch using the Atlas' display screen, and LED headlamps and tail lamps for better illumination.

“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”

Last year, it was reported that the F-150 would shed 700 lbs to meet the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These standards stipulate that auto manufacturers meet a fleetwide 54.5 mpg CAFE average by 2025.

The weight savings come from using the lightweight metal aluminum throughout the vehicle, such as the doors, cargo box, fenders, front suspension/steering components, and portions of the interior structure. 

Source: Ford

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RE: Damn!
By MrBungle123 on 1/16/2013 2:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
It sucks that its getting so hard to find a good old manual transmission these days... They are so much more fun to drive and are way better if you much traveling over mountain passes.

RE: Damn!
By mellomonk on 1/16/2013 4:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
I love a good old stick. I have a 6 speed manual in my small quick car, but I would never have one in a truck or SUV application again. Having driven Jeeps offroad with both types of trannys, the auto is clearly the way to go.

Sadly I think the manual transmission is doomed in the general market. There just isn't enough sold anymore. In many applications the auto gets equal if not better mileage. And even in sporting applications the new dual clutch auto designs shift faster and more efficiently then the majority of drivers.

RE: Damn!
By JediJeb on 1/16/2013 6:11:53 PM , Rating: 3
I much prefer the control I get with a manual in a truck.

Also I think one reason we don't see as many manual transmissions recently is simply because the car companies are not offering them. Of course more people will choose the automatic when the automatic is the only choice.

RE: Damn!
By MrBungle123 on 1/18/2013 10:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not having them as an option seems to be the way its going... My 2011 Tacoma has a 6 speed manual and I'm starting to wonder if I'll even be able to get a manual anymore when its time to replace it.

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