• Oct 30th 2006 at 8:09AM
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In an interview with Whatcar?, Ford's global product development boss Richard Parry-Jones said car buyers need to embrace greener cars if global warming is to be overcome. In fact, Parry-Jones goes on to say it's the role of the consumer, not car manufacturers, to save the planet from polluting automobiles. Government incentives for eco-conscious car shoppers, not punishment of manufacturers, is the way to go, he said.

This environmentalist push is brought to you by a company producing at least 40 Ford-branded models rated at less than 20 mpg city by the EPA. Only eight 2007 Fords get more than 30 mpg on the highway. Though to Ford's credit, Parry-Jones says 66% of his company's future R&D budget is devoted to increasing fuel-economy and reducing emissions. We've reported in the past, however, that not all agree with Ford's green push.

[Source: Whatcar?]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      What does it matter? We have already over populated the Earth. Just call it Kilos in the US and we will feel better At the rate we are going we will all be bumper to bumper in 50 years. So at 64 years I am on my third mustang convert, and forth truck, and injoyed driving them all. In 1967 gas was 35 cents a gal and I made about 10000 a year and owned a new GTO. Now it is 3 dollars and I make 100000 a year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, if Ford DOES want to put the onus of blame on the consumer...you can believe the consumer will make the best decisions he/she can make. Afterall, look at the article directly below this one...the one where the news of Toyota opening up two more plants in NA.

      The consumer know's best, there Richard...and you are absolutely right: it IS the role of the consumer ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      He's right. Consumers should buy greener.
      That's why more consumers are buying Toyota and Honda cars.
      Now Ford should cater to these consumers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What needs to happen is an initiative for all ford company cars to get more than 30mpg. This would not only save them $$$, but once management realizes what a poor offering they have, they might be inclined to do something about it.
      • 8 Years Ago

      -Go to a politics blog. ABC news has one:

      here's the link for ya:


      see ya.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have owned several Fords in the past, and would own one now if it A.)was as reliable as any of my 10 year old Hondas, B.) was as much fun to drive as the old Ford Fiesta or a newer Honda.....ANYTHING. C.) and this is last for a reason, it got the REAL WORLD fuel mileage that any of my Hondas currently enjoys.

      Mr. Parry-Jones, the customers have been waiting for...DECADES? for Ford to market a truely decent "B" sized car in the U.S. We can't buy something if you don't/won't market it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      6 speed automatic in the Focus?
      TownCar, CrownVic, GrandMarquis 6 speed auto?
      FreeStar 6 speed auto? [still around?]
      Ford's 5 speed automatic is nothing to be proud of, it is still a 3 speed auto & overdrive.
      The 5 speed auto in the Fusion is still a 4 speed auto & an underdrive.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford's TorqShift transmission is a 3 speed automatic and overdrive.
      The 3 speed automatic's ratios are 3.09, 1.54, 1. the overdrive can be on 0.712 and off 1:1. So 3 x 2 are 6 possible forward ratios. overdrive on 2nd gear of the 3 speed auto gives you 1.09, nearly 1:1 but less efficient, so that is omitted (only used under extreme cold conditions to aid in engine/transmission warmup)
      Same deal for the 5R55 variants

      The 5 speed automatic component of the JATCO in the Fusion,6,Milan works by shifting underdrive range-1,2,3,direct drive range-3,4.
      By finagling the underdrive ratio with the overdrive ratio, the operation was changed from underdrive range-1,2,3,4,direct drive range-4.
      They could have 8 forward gear, but there would be redundancies and ineffeciencies, so only 5 are used.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, Mr. Parry-Jones, as you can see, consumers ARE buying more hybrids, but not from your dumb ass. Toyota and Honda are fulfilling that role just fine and will continue to trump you as you try to play catch up after years of sitting on your fat ass and selling crappy SUVs and not thinking more than five minutes into the future.

      Here's a novel idea, Ford. Why don't you lobby Congress to pass more legislation on incentives for hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles? Oh, wait, that would mean you would actually have to make a BOLD MOVE and not just say it in your moronic ad campaign. My mistake.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a cop-out. It is not up to one side or the other it is up to everyone!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't see how Ford can blame consumers for their choices if they steadfastly refuse to make alternatives to gas guzzling SUVs.

      Ford doesn't offer a single vehicle that seat more than 5 people and gets decent mileage (better than 22 city 28 highway EPA)

      The closest you get is the Mazda5 which gets 22/27 EPA. People might also point out the Freestyle which gets an EPA rating of 20/27 But real world estimates for that car are especially bad, averaging closer to 20Mpg combined.

      Of course it would be extremely easy for Ford to correct this, offer the Escape HEV drivetrain in cars like the Freestyle and Windstar (yes I'm aware they don't call it "Windstar" anymore, and that they are planning on killing it) and even offer the 2.3L I4 as the base engine option.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My 2005 Focus automatic is only a 4-speed, far as I know. But then again it already gets 26/32, and the newer ones get 27/34 I hear (with manuals getting 27/37).
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