All About MPG, Ford Range Gets Fit

By Matthew Askari | October 05, 2011
The automotive industry is experiencing a Darwinian phenomenon— survival of the fittest— and Ford is catching on. The 2013 Ford Escape illustrates less is more, boasting new, smaller and more efficient engines. The 2013 Escape—which will look very similar to the Ford Vertek concept shown here—will be the first to offer a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, replacing the V-6. Ford claims the benefits won't be limited to better mileage, but also enhanced performance. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is said to outperform competitors' bigger—and thirstier—V-6 engines. A third, 2.5-liter engine will also be available. The 2012 Ford C-Max Hybrid gets 25 percent better mileage over the current model. The moves reflect the company's awareness of consumer demand. "Customers are prioritizing fuel economy above every other trait when they make most vehicle purchases," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of product development. Ford says its C-Max Energi will feature an industry-best 500 mile driving range with the lithium-ion battery pack and engine. The automaker has been showcasing the more efficient cars, and even recently held a mileage competition for the Ford F-150 EcoBoost. Source: Ford