Friday, August 31, 2012

The All-New 2013 C-MAX Hybrid

   Ordering has now began on  the all-new 2013 C-Max, The latest "green" vehicle from the Ford Motor Company. Some of the pillars that are behind the new C-Max are to maximize efficiency, integrate performance, to make use of technology and increase versatility. This is the first hybrid-only vehicle line from Ford, and the first hybrid-only vehicle line in North America. Ford has combied nearly a decade of electrified vehicle (EV) technology in such vehicles as the Fusion Hybrid and continues the quest for increasingly efficient vehicles with the C-Max. The C-Max will be offered in a standard Hybrid configuration and also in a plug-in Hybrid configuration. The plug-in Hybrid technology operates just like the C-Max Hybrid, plus it features a charge port and a larger lithium-ion battery pack, allowing owners to "plug in" the vehicle to fully charge the battery. By plugging in, drivers will have greater full electric mode range/capability than a Hybrid, helping ot further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The C-Max Energi was designed with total 188 horsepower (140 kW) delivered by a 2.0 liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine plus its lithium-ion-driven 88-kW electric traction motor. The Atkinson delivers remarkable efficiency while maintaning excellent power. The gasoline engine shuts off when it is not needed, helping to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. When that extra power is required such as passing or merging onto the highway, the engine restarts instantly and automatically, without driver intervention. The other half of the powertrain combo is a new electric traction motor which can power the C-Max by itself up to 62 mph. The motor is powered by an electric battery that actually recovers vehicle energy during braking. The lithium-ion battery is smaller and lighter than battery systems in previous-generation Ford Hybrids. The battery pack is automatically recharged when the gasoline engine is operating and during regenerative braking. Specially designed cooling ducts regulate the battery temperature which helps maximize battery life. The regenerative braking system recaptures over 90% of the brake energy that is usually lost through friction.

The C-Max was designed with a balance of fresh, modern styling and a sporty appearance. It gets its inspiration from the "kinetic design" now found in Ford's global family. "Kinetic design" communicates that even at a stand still it looks like it's still in motion. Standard 17" machined aluminum wheels add to the high-end look and enhance the overall ride and handleing. Inside the C-Max has a refined interior with a wraparound cockpit feel. Seating is versatile for up to five. It also has the best-in-class passenger volume. The 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat backs provide 52.6 cu. ft. of storage. The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight don't compair. It even has a next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide. It can actually help "coach" you to develop more responsible driving habits.

Safety wasn't overlooked on the C-Max. In fact, it offers the same comprehensive list of safety features as other Ford vehicles. This includes the class-exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Curve Control. C-Max also has seven standard airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring system and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

Did you think I was going to end this without telling you the numbers that I know you really want to know? The 2013 Ford C-Max has an EPA-estemated 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg. That means up to 550 miles for a single tank of fuel. Anyone feel like a road trip?