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Stop-Start Tech Improves Fuel Economy, Cuts CO2

Automatic stop-start automotive technology yields a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement and fuel economy and a CO2 reduction, according to research from AAA. AAA tested three vehicles equipped with automatic stop-start systems using the EPA’s “urban” driving cycle. With the automatic stop-start system engaged, the vehicles delivered improved fuel … Read more »

2013 Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion Uses Recycled-Materials Fabrics

Ford Fusion is the first global vehicle program to use seat fabric made from recycled material, with the potential to recycle enough plastic bottles and post-industrial waste to make 1.5 million yards of fabric annually, the automaker says. The amount of recycled material in each all-new Fusion (known as Mondeo … Read more »

Hybrid, EV Sales ‘Up 73%’ in 2012, Mintel Says

Hybrid and electric car sales are up 73 percent over last year, with about 440,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electrics sold thus far this year, representing 3.3 percent of all vehicles sold in 2012, according to a Mintel report. According to Hybrid and Electric Cars – US – November 2012, … Read more »

BASF Resin Saves Ford Fusion 60,000 lb CO2 a Year

The trim around the window switches in the 2013 Ford Fusion saves 2,700 gallons of diesel fuel usage and about 60,000 pounds of CO2 emissions a year, the automaker says. The new resin, developed by BASF, allows Ford to skip the clear-coat paint traditionally applied to the molded plastic pieces … Read more »

LA Auto Show Roundup: Ford Fusion, Audi’s 282 Mpg, Honda, Chevy Spark

Here’s the latest in green fleet news from the LA Auto Show, taking place now: The 2013 Ford Fusion has been named Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year. The Fusion emerged on top of a field of finalists including the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Mazda … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Ford Fusion 2013, AT&T Park, 99 Cents Only, Voith Turbo, TomTom

Ford has this week launched its 2013 Fusion (pictured), which was named as America’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan. The EPA certified the car’s hybrid model to deliver 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined. This beats the Toyota Camry by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city, Ford … Read more »

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