2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is IIHS Top Safety Pick

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

For the second year in a row the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid one of its Top Safety Picks.  After conducting a handful of tests the IIHS rated the C-MAX Hybrid “good” in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating.  “We are proud”, says Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.  “Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously.”  For the complete Ford article on the recent IIHS rating click here.

Win a Warriors in Pink/Biggest Loser 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid!

BiggestLoserSweeps_Fusion_NEWS_326x183Are you a Biggest Loser fan? If so, you most likely saw Rachel win the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid when she came in first in the first-ever Biggest Loser Marathon. Now you have a chance to win that same model! Ford’s Warriors in Pink® and The Biggest Loser have teamed up to offer The Biggest Loser BIG WINNER Sweepstakes! Just follow the link below and enter. SO much easier than tackling a road race!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sponsored by Ford. Sweepstakes ends 02/28/14. See Official Rules for details. © 2014 Ford Motor Company.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Impresses

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

To say that the debut version of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in 2011 flopped would be putting it mildly; Critics complained it was painfully obvious the car was a hybrid. But two years later the Korean automaker’s back with a Sonata that’s addressed its issues and hushed the critics. We recently took the Sonata Hybrid on the road and really liked it. But don’t just take our word for it. The New York Daily News also ran the car through its paces and found it not just adequate but impressive. The publication applauds the Sonata Hybrid’s new, smoother transition between fuel sources and braking systems, and even declared the ride quality “better than expected.” Add to that the fact that the vehicle gets 600 miles per tank and you may want to consider whether you need a hybrid!

Ford Recalls 2013 C-Max Hybrids

CMAXIf you own a 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid you may soon be receiving a recall notice. The Blue Oval is recalling certain models made between January 19, 2012 and June 25, 2013. At issue is a lack of padding between the headliner and the roof that could lead to head injury during a crash. The recall officially starts August 19th and allows owners to take their C-Max Hybrid to a dealer to install extra cushioning. For more information call the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332 and reference Ford recall number 13C02. Scroll down to read the entire National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release. You can also call the NTHSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Press Release:

Report Receipt Date: JUL 10, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V303000
Component(s): STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,021
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s): 2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013 C-Max hybrid vehicles, without panoramic roofs, that were manufactured January 19, 2012, through June 25, 2013. During vehicle testing, the vehicle exceeded a head injury criteria requirement set by the standard. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, “Occupant Protection in Interior Impact.”

In the event of a crash, an occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install energy absorbers between the headliner and the roof. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2013. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s recall number is 13C02.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Sources: www.safercar.gov, www.autoblog.com

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid ‘Road Test’

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Mt. Shasta in the background.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Mt. Shasta in the background.

It’s a warm Monday morning and I’m staring dreamily out the window at the sunshine and wishing I were somewhere in the mountains enjoying this gorgeous day.  When it hits me… I CAN be!  I’ve been meaning to take a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid for a road test and NOW is the perfect time to do it!

Actually, there will be two of us on this trip.  My fellow marketing employee, Justin, will test a 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid at the same time.  We will caravan up and around the Mt Ashland area stopping just long enough to snap beauty shots along the way.

We’ll ask Justin what he thought of the ILX for our Acura blog tomorrow.  For today we’ll focus on the Fusion Hybrid.  I enjoyed everything about the drive but, of course, I’m biased so I turned to Butler Ford fleet manager Mike “Coach” Cocchiara to tell the truth about the Fusion since he fell so in love with it that he bought one (full disclosure:  Coach owns a Fusion, not a Fusion Hybrid.  But the only real differences are the gas mileage – which at 47/47 city/highway is astounding, and the noise.  The Fusion is QUIET).  Here’s what else he had to say:

  • The Fusion has the best handling on any type of road.
  • It accelerates really well.
  • It’s quiet.
  • Technology in the 2013 Ford Fusion is second to none.  (To clarify, Ford Touch offers 1500+ voice commands, controls on the steering wheel, and easy access to both driver and passenger.)

That’s pretty much what I would have said, too, while also adding in superior comfort.  Hmmm, it’s still gorgeous out… maybe we need another road test, you know, just to make sure…

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Earns Highest Possible Overall NHTSA Safety Score

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is the latest Ford to earn a “five-star” Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The “Overall” score sums up vehicle performance in frontal, side-impact, and roll-over crashes. The 2013 Ford Fusion energi received highest possible 5-star rating in frontal and side-impact accidents, and 4-stars in roll-over safety. The plug-in hybrid follows the Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid in earning the highest possible safety rating awarded by the US government. Steve Kenner, the Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office says, “The Fusion Energi combines the highest possible safety ratings from NHTSA and great fuel economy, two things we know customers are looking for in their vehicles. Our strategy is to provide our customers with a range of powertrain options in our vehicles, while still leading in fuel economy in every segment that we compete.”

To view the NHTSA crash test results click here.

Source: http://dealer-communications.com

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Approved for Use in CA’s HOV Lanes

2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid
2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid

Need another reason to pre-order a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid?  They’re now approved to travel in California’s High Ococupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes! In fact, The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has bestowed the honor among more 2013 Fords than just about any other make of vehicle! Here are the details according to Ford.com:

“To earn access to these faster moving carpool lanes, vehicles must qualify for tax rebates through California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which is overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). A vehicle that qualifies earns a special sticker that identifies it as having HOV privileges.

Ford Fusion Energi buyers are eligible to receive a $1,500 tax rebate – in addition to a $3,750 federal tax credit – making Fusion the third Ford brand vehicle to now qualify for California’s special financial and driving incentives, and putting Ford in the lead, along with Toyota, for having the most vehicles of any automaker allowed access to the state’s carpool lanes. Ford Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid also qualify.”

So, no more excuses. It’s time to take that Golden State road trip!

Sources: www.ford.com, www.motortrend.com