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46Richard Parry-Jones: 180 MPG hatch by 2050

Richard Parry-Jones, who at one time acted as Ford's global Chief Technical Officer, believes that it is entirely possible for automakers to reach 180 miles per gallon by the year 2050 with nothing more than the technology available today. Along with that low fuel consumption comes low carbon emissions -- just 40 grams per kilometer -- well below the strictest standards today. Sound unbelievable? Get this: Parry-Jones suggests getting there by doing nothing more than just leaving the automakers

5Richard Parry-Jones retiring from Ford

The engineer known as Ford's "secret weapon", the man Autocar and Automobile have both named Man of the Year, the mind behind the dynamics of the '93 Mondeo and '98 Focus is finally leaving the building. After 38 years with Ford, Richard Parry-Jones will leave the company at the end of this year.

20Ford exec: Drive greener or else!

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.

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