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Is Ford the “Greenest American” Car Maker?

The Ford Motor Company isn’t looking for a handout – they’ve managed to keep their business running the old fashioned way, they’ve kept their finger on the pulse of American car buyers.

Years ago they developed a “sustainability” plan, long before it was a political topic. Near-term elements of Ford’s sustainability plan include improving today’s gasoline engines to make them more fuel efficient with reduced emissions:

  • The Ford Fusion is now America’s most fuel efficient mid-size sedan for both hybrid and conventional gasoline models 
  • The four-cylinder Ford Fusion S is now certified at 34 mpg highway and 23 mpg in the city, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord 
  • The new Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrids deliver up to 41 miles per gallon in the city – eight miles per gallon better than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. In addition, the base Fusion with its 4-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission is EPA certified with best-in-class fuel economy of 34 mpg on the highway 
  • The Ford Focus with its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission delivers 35 mpg on the highway, 5 mpg better than Toyota Corolla’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2 mpg better than Honda Fit’s 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, both also with manual transmissions 
  • The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 – which is Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year – achieves 3 mpg more than the Toyota Tundra pickup on the highway and 1 mpg better in the city with its 4.6-liter V-8 engine, compared to Toyota’s 4.7-liter V-8. The F-150’s larger 5.4-liter V-8 achieves 2 mpg better on the highway than the facing Tundra engine 
  • The 2009 Ford Escape with its new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission achieves 28 mpg on the highway, the same as Toyota’s RAV4 and 1 mpg better than the Honda CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines, too 
  • The Ford Expedition achieves 20 mpg on the highway, beating both of the Toyota Sequoia’s V-8 engines by as much as 3 mpg on the highway

And Ford’s plans for the near future:

  • A new battery electric commercial van in 2010 
  • A new battery electric small car in 2011 to be developed jointly with Magna International 
  • Next-generation hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in version in 2012 

Some other links to Ford documents with additional information about the their plans and progress:

What do you think – has Ford proven itself to be the Most American Car Maker?

The Greenest American Car Maker?


6 Responses to “Is Ford the “Greenest American” Car Maker?”

  1. Ford Fusion on April 21st, 2009 4:39 PM

    “Greenest American” Car Maker? well with the new Fusion they doing a real good job. I would not have expected that from a US Car maker

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  3. matt on July 1st, 2009 6:31 PM

    Tell me something moreons…. WERE exactly did FOrd get its hybrid tecnology from…. anyone got an awnser… well if you said toyota ud be right…. if ur a car company like ford u should be ashamed that ford has to buy there hybrid tecnology from toyota… Toyota is a beast that cannot and will not be stopped… be ready for the tundra heavy duty that will put ford out of buisness..

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  6. Jeff on September 1st, 2009 9:46 PM

    To matt. Your message would be more credible if you could spell and use the English language correctly. You will probably respond saying that the English invented the English language, so we will be colonists forever. Ford licensed the technology from Toyota as a means to “catch-up” and then improved on the system for their vehicles. All companies copy one another to some extent. Grow up and become informed/educated before responding to a post.

    I apologize to all others about the rant.

    Ford has been ISO 14001 certified since 2004, meaning they have made a commitment to environmental improvement, and have a working “plan, do, check, act” type of management system addressing their significant environmental aspects and impacts. Ford was named the greenest manufacturer in America in 2009 by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

    In conjunction with a working ISO 9001 quality control system, it is inevitable that Ford will improve quality and reduce environmental impacts over time.

    Arguably, the most important part of Ford’s plan is to make the cars people actually want, and be an agile-enough as a manufacturer to adjust product lines to meet ever-changing demands.

    Personally, I really like the designs Ford is coming out with, and knowing they are a green manufacturer only makes choosing a Ford even easier.

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