DEARBORN, MI - Ford Motor Company's 2010 model-year lineup includes a series of new fuel-efficient cars and crossovers. The automaker also announced plans July 21 for 30 new powertrain actions globally - 22 in North America alone - by the end of 2010.
The foundation for Ford's plan is its new EcoBoost engine which uses gasoline turbocharged direct-injection technology for up to 20-percent better fuel economy, 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions, and superior performance versus larger-displacement engines, according to the automaker. For the 2010-model year, EcoBoost will be available on the Ford Flex, Taurus SHO, and Lincoln MKS and MKT. By 2012, the company plans to produce 750,000 EcoBoost units annually in the U.S. and 1.3 million globally. By 2013, 90 percent of the company's lineup will offer EcoBoost engines.
Ford also plans to increase car and truck fuel economy by more than 35 percent by 2015, thanks to powertrain advancements.
New vehicle introductions for the 2010 model-year include:
- 2010 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO.
- 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid.
- 2010 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500.
- 2010 Ford Flex with EcoBoost.
- 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
- 2010 Ford Transit Connect.
- 2010 Lincoln MKT and MKT with EcoBoost.
- 2010 Lincoln MKZ.
- 2010 Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost.
- 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid.
Ford is also offering more comfort, convenience, and safety features, including:
- New SYNC applications with Traffic, Directions & Information delivered through customers' Bluetooth-capable mobile phones.
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which alerts drivers when obstacles are in their blind spot.
- Automatic Park Assist, which guides vehicles into parallel parking spaces, hands-free.
The automaker plans to have at least four electrified vehicles on the road in the U.S. by 2012, including full battery electric vehicles, new hybrids, and a plug-in hybrid. Ford currently offers two new hybrids for the 2010 lineup. The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrids deliver 41 mpg in the city, making them the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans in America, according to Ford.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine