Ford refuses to rest on its laurels when it comes to its best-selling line of pickups, as the F-Series line continues to outperform the competition year end and year out.
The latest high point for the lineup can be found in the 2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty, which was recently rated as having the best-in-class towing and payload.
“Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs are the segment benchmarks, chosen by tradesmen more than any other heavy-duty truck to get the job done,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “To help our customers continue to become more productive and efficient, we’ve increased our towing and payload capability yet again.”
The Super Duty is delivers a towing capacity 500 pounds greater than its nearest competitor, at 18,500 pounds. The payload numbers are equally impressive, as the Super Duty boasts 7,260 pound payload capacity.
Ford knows this means drivers will be able to move more than ever and have greatly improved the 2013 Ford F-Series brakes.
“We’ve really improved brake feel,” said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s refined modulation in the pedal – you really feel the stopping power. With a full load of cargo, drivers will notice strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.”
The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid will soon be arriving at dealerships, but the new car is already making headlines by beating out the competition in terms of fuel economy and range. The C-Max Energi has earned an EPA rating of 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and will have an EPA-rated range of 21 miles on electric energy alone.
MPGe is the rating given to plug-in vehicles to accurately compare the combined electric and gas-powered efficiency to that of traditional gasoline models. This rating, which takes the 21 mile electric range into account, bests the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, which receives 95 MPGe, and the Chevrolet Volt, whose fuel efficiency is rated at 94 MPGe. On top of the EPA rating the C-Max Energi has received, Ford predicts that during city driving, the model will return 108 MPGe.
With the 21-mile all-electric range, the C-Max Energi has an overall range of 650 miles. This also beats out the competition, with the Toyota Prius PHEV receiving a range rating of 540 miles and the Chevy Volt totaling 380 miles.
The Ford C-Max Energi will go on sale in 18 markets this fall and will be released nationwide early in 2013.
Ford has teamed up with Desperate Housewives star James Denton in the fight against breast cancer. Ford’s Ford Warriors in Pink program raises awareness and funds for breast cancer and with help of Denton they plan to help not only housewives, but women from all walks of life battle this terrible disease.
“The last thing someone with breast cancer needs to worry about is how they are going to pay their bills,” says Denton. “With the muscle of Ford Warriors in Pink behind the Pink Fund, we think we can really accomplish something for people.”
Ford has created a limited edition T-shirt inspired by Denton that they will sell to raise money. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Pink Fund to help people combating breast cancer right now.
“The burden of a cancer diagnosis is devastating, not only physically and emotionally, but financially. Every day, countless patients and their families struggle to make ends meet as medical, car, household and other bills pile up,” said Pink Fund founder Molly MacDonald. “We’re excited about this collaboration with James and Warriors in Pink on this limited-edition T-shirt, as it will allow us to reach even more people in need.”
To purchase your James Denton T-shirt and help fight breast cancer, visit http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com/.
EPA estimates for the 2013 Ford Fusion were recently released, and they have confirmed that the 2013 Fusion is the most fuel-efficient midsized sedan in America.
“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”
The all-new Fusion has three engine options available. The standard 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine generates 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque. It also has an EPA-estimated 22 city/ 33 highway miles per gallon. The two new available EcoBoost engines strive to lower carbon emissions without compromising power and efficiency. The 1.6L option offers great fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 26 city/37 highway miles per gallon. The 2.0L EcoBoost engine gives drivers more power with 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
“Ford is bringing power of choice to midsize sedan buyers,” says Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “More than 2 million customers this year will purchase midsize cars. Our new Fusion delivers the fuel savings people truly want and value, with technologies that cost two to three times the price on some German sedans.”