The Ford Fusion Wins Green Car of the Year Award

The Green Car Journal recently announced the Ford Fusion sedan has won the award for “Green Car of the Year.” Most of the previous winners of this title received the honor strictly based on fuel economy.

David Mondragon, the general marketing manager for Ford, stated, “We are very honored that the all-new Ford Fusion has been recognized as the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal.”

The Fusion won this year mainly because of the variety of power trains that it offers, which includes a hybrid option that gets up to 47 miles per gallon, and a future plug-in hybrid version that could top 100 miles per gallon equivalency.

Ford offers three different engines, including a 1.6 liter, turbocharged 40 cylinder with a 37 mpg highway.

The editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, Ron Cogan, had this to say ““There’s no overstating the importance of what Ford has done. Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient power trains, selected to satisfy a buyer’s particular needs and desires.”

It appears the determining factor that gave the Fusion the edge for the Green Car Journal was that the Fusion had a total of five different power train options and a low price.

If you want to check out the 2013 Green Car of the Year, just drive on over to Friendly Ford!

2014 Fiesta Parties with a 1-Liter Engine

The 2014 Ford Fiesta will arrive on the scene with a wide variety of options. On one end of the spectrum, the Fiesta ST will give a powerful and sporty performance. And far on the other end is the 2014 Ford Fiesta with a one-liter EcoBoost engine. And for the first time ever, it will have three cylinders.

Now, don’t let this little one-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost scare you. It still packs a powerful punch, a punch equal to that of 123 horses. But the real magic of this engine is its fuel economy. Right now projections put it somewhere in the forties—maybe even fifty miles per gallon! Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering, promised, “Customers are going to be pleasantly surprised at what the smallest member of the EcoBoost engine family can do!”

And for those of you who are worried about the shake and shudder that an uneven number of cylinders may produce: forget about it! Ford has taken care of that problem with added weights to the front pulley and rear flywheel, which will counteract all the shaking. Believe it or not, the three-cylinder engine may just provide the smoothest ride in town.

The 2014 Focus will also come with an enhanced version of the MyFord Touch system, featuring a new 6.5-inch color touch screen, updated software, enhanced voice recognition, and more simplified commands. Friendly Ford is really excited to see this one pull into the lots sometime next year!

The Transit Connect Wagon is the Future of Mini-Vans

Ford is introducing the future of mini-vans with the new seven-passenger Transit Connect Wagon. This new people-mover is expected to reach up to more than 30 miles per gallon highway, which is 5 mpg better than its stiffest competition and 2 mpg better in city driving.

The Transit Connect Wagon offers three different series models, those being the XL, XLT and Titanium. You also have the choice between two different four-cylinder engines and two different wheelbase lengths.

“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” says Ford’s President of The Americas, Mark Fields. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”

Among many of the convenient features, this vehicle offers fold-flat second and third-row seating, sliding side doors, and a 1200 lb payload. It can even haul up to 2,000 lbs when equipped properly.

Some of the other features include a rear view camera, a full-glass panoramic roof, a touch screen display along with SYNC and MyFord Touch technology included.

The Transit Connect is already a fan favorite and expectations are that the Transit Connect Wagon will follow suit. With a sleeker and more stylish look than you’re accustomed to seeing, this isn’t your father’s mini-van.

Friendly Ford is proud of the way Ford is revolutionizing the mini-van and is excited for the Transit Connect Wagon’s arrival in the United States next year.

Friendly Goes Further with Ford

Next Thursday night, forget about hitting up the clubs or doing karaoke night at the bar because, on November 15, there will be no better place to be than at Friendly Ford. We will be celebrating the culmination of Ford’s Random Acts of Fusion: the Go Further with Ford Night, a charity event that gives customers the chance to win all kinds of luxurious prizes. Friendly Ford will be the hotspot for American Idol fans, Ford Fusion lovers, and anyone just looking to have a good time.

The event starts at 5 and lasts until 8. During the event, customers will have a chance to critique a video starring Ryan Seacrest with a special message. After customers have tested their judging abilities, the results will be sent back to Ford’s home base where two winners will be declared. Those winners will be flown out to Los Angeles for a VIP American Idol experience.

In addition, any customer who pre-registers will be entered to win two tickets to a live taping of American Idol. And maybe the most fantastic prize of all is the 2013 Ford Fusion. One lucky winner at a participating dealership will be driving home in the all-new Fusion.

And while you’re having fun, don’t forget that Friendly Ford will be donating to charity. For every participant in the video critique, Friendly Ford will donate ten bucks to a local charity—and Ford Motor Company will match it!

So mark your calendars because Go Further with Ford Night is the perfect way to give back to the community and, of course, to give a little back to yourself as well!

For additional information, check out the video below!