Ford Ponders Diesel, Hybrid Versions of the Mustang to Meet Fuel Efficiency Guidelines
December 9, 2013 10:12 AM
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Mustang could get diesel power in the future
Ford unveiled the new
earlier this month and with the unveiling of the new car also came a new engine. The 2015 Mustang will get the fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that will generate roughly 305 hp and around 305 lb-ft of torque. It will be the first 4-cylinder turbo Mustang since the SVO version in the Fox body generation of the Pony car.
Ford has yet to offer official mileage estimates for the EcoBoost engine in the 2015 Mustang, but it is expected to be one of the most fuel efficient engines in its class.
However, EcoBoost isn't the only green tech that Ford is considering for the Mustang. Ford has said that it is considering a future for the Mustang that could see diesel power, hybrid, or fully-electric versions of the car. Many high-end supercars – like the
Porsche 918 Spyder
-- are utilizing hybrid systems for fuel efficiency and improved performance.
The new Lexus RC coupe will
also be available in a hybrid version
Traditionally, the Mustang wasn’t a car purchased for its fuel efficiency. The 2015 Mustang is designed from the ground up to be a world car and options such as diesel engine would make the care more appealing
Ford Global powertrain boss Bob Fascetti said, "We’re not looking at diesel at the moment, but given where we need to go with fuel consumption we are looking at all our options, and diesel is one of those options, along with hybrids and electric."
The future for the Mustang will likely see new transmissions as well. Ford and GM are currently working on a joint project to develop new nine and ten-speed automatic transmissions to improve fuel economy.
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12/10/2013 8:39:43 AM
Except Energy Star loopholes were closed years ago. And they were never this bad in the first place.
All I hear from Europeans is how their Government is flawless, free of corruption, and their politicians pure as driven snow.
Yet its common knowledge automakers can outright cheat these tests, and no one is doing a thing about it. Hmmm that wouldn't be because of lobbying efforts by the manufacturers would it? That only happens in America!
As to your last point, Ford just got its ass handed to it over mileage claims on one model. And we're only talking like 3-4 mpg. So no, our automakers can't get away with fudging the numbers.
12/10/2013 11:04:06 AM
Except the Energy Star Loopholes weren't closed years ago... EPA does not test all the products and instead relies on the data supplied by the manufacturer, they don't even give much thought to it (much like the patent office).
Funny cause as far as I know most Europeans do not trust their government, I guess you don't know many Europeans.
3-4mpg could be 10% depending on your mpg, Ford didn't get its ass handed it merely gave the buyers some pocket money to compensate the extra fuel they will use, Ford didn't even do anything illegal, as the EPA does not force the automaker to test every model, an automaker can test a single model and then rate every other model with the same rating provided they have the same engine, power train and weight class.
Be it in Europe or the US the moment you trust automakers to do their own tests they will always try to find a way to "cheat" on them.
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