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    Recalls: Ford recalls 434k vehicles for several unrelated issues
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    It seems that the hard winter in much of the country has been as rough on some Fords as it has on many people. The Blue Oval is recalling roughly 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls, and one of them partially caused by the salt used to melt the snow on roads. The first recall covers 385,750 ...

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    CES: Ford C-Max Solar Energi takes a recharging station wherever it goes [UPDATE]
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    Companies ranging in size from small startups to major automakers have been experimenting with solar-powered charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrids. And, of course, people have been powering vehicles with onboard solar panels for quite some time, too. Still, Ford's new C-Max Solar Energi ...

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    Official: Ford bringing C-Max Solar Energi Concept to CES [w/video]
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    Solar energy might not be enough to power a usable electric vehicle on its own, but that doesn't mean it can't lend a helping hand. And that's what Ford has in store for the Consumer Electronics Show opening next week in Las Vegas. Ford has essentially taken its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and ...

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    Report: Ford idling Michigan Assembly Plant to trim Focus, C-Max supply
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    Ford will be putting the brakes on production at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, idling production during the weeks of October 28 and December 16. Ford is citing the first drop in US sales in 27 months, a 4.2-percent dip in September, as the impetus for trimming their supplies, ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling nearly 24,000 Focus EV and C-Max models over door chime
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    Ford will be voluntarily recalling 23,830 Focus Electric and C-Max Hybrid and Energi models equipped with push-button ignition, according to The Detroit News. Why? Because the cars don't make a noise when the driver's door is open, and are therefore in violation of federal regulations. It's not ...

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    Report: Ford C-Max sales hold steady despite fuel economy fracas
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    Despite the ballyhoo that accompanied Ford's lowering of the C-Max fuel economy figures, the Blue Oval is still seeing strong demand for the five-seat MPV, as Automotive News reports. Speaking to marketing boss Jim Farley, AN says that the controversy surrounding the C-Max's fuel economy figures ...

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    Report: EPA says fuel economy test for hybrids is accurate
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    The EPA says it stands behind its fuel economy test for hybrid vehicles following controversy about the testing process after Ford C-Max Hybrid customers and automotive journalists alike struggled to achieve 47 miles per gallon, the advertised mpg number, Automotive News reports. Ford responded ...

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    Recalls: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid recalled over lack of roof padding
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    Ford is recalling 33,021 units of its 2013 C-Max Hybrid not equipped with optional panoramic roof panels. During testing, the model in question returned testing results for occupant head injuries that fell outside of criteria laid out in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. The issue puts ...

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    Official: Ford hybrids getting update to improve fuel economy
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    Ford has announced that it is introducing "calibration updates designed to improve on-road fuel economy for owners of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid." We can speculate that these changes are at least due in part to lawsuits over mileage claims of ...

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    Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
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    No Prius Killer As much as we enthusiasts like to rail on the lowly Toyota Prius as the harbinger of death for all we hold dear, there's no denying the machine's absolute and interminable grip on the hybrid market in the United States. Toyota has so thoroughly sunk its teeth into the segment ...

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    Report: Ford recalls 2013 Focus, C-Max and Escape over faulty child safety locks
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    We have yet to find any official documentation from either Ford or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but Edmunds and Cars.com are both reporting that there is a recall on the 2013 C-Max, Focus and Escape. All three vehicles were assembled with a faulty child door lock mechanism ...

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    Report: Ford C-Max, Fusion hybrids subject of MPG lawsuit in California
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    A California lawsuit over the fuel economy claims for the 2013 Ford C-Max was first reported back in December. Based on the numerous reports we've heard of disgruntled owners failing to get their car's EPA fuel economy ratings on the C-Max and 2013 Fusion Hybrid, we suspected there would be more ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #319
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    Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Hagerty's Future Classics, Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey Episode #319 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about a team from Jeep visiting Wagonmaster for ideas to use on the upcoming Grand Wagoneer revival, ...

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    Official: 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists announced [w/poll]
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    2012 is almost in the books and automakers are spending December gearing up for the 2013 auto show season, which tips off next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Traditionally, the latter opens up with the announcement of the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, and this year ...

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    Video: Consumer Reports calls out Ford for false Fusion, C-Max hybrid fuel economy claims
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    Consumer Reports is calling out Ford, saying the new C-Max and Fusion hybrids don't get anywhere near the 47 miles per gallon the automaker claims. Several automakers have faced backlash after consumers discovered their cars don't quite hit the lofty fuel economy figures promised by the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi
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    Adding EV Capacity To Ford's Ultra-Flexible C-Max The world of the gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle is evolving at a far more rapid pace today than it has at any other point in its 12 or so years of existence. The emergence of newer, more compact and more powerful batteries, with quickly rising ...

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    Official: Ford announces plan to close Belgian plant, restructure European manufacturing
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    The latest development in this ongoing saga that is the European economic crunch is word that Ford will shutter production of its Genk Assembly Plant in Belgium, eliminating some 4,300 positions. Ford could potentially reduce costs by $300 to $500 million annually as a resulting of closing the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid [w/video]
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    No One Ever Said Dethroning A Prius Would Be Easy It's generally not polite to start a story about a new Ford by referencing a very popular Toyota, but we're going to make an exception this time. With fuel prices continuing to creep upwards, sales of advanced-powertrain vehicles are booming (in ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Hybrid officially gets 47 mpg across the board; Energi hits 85 mph in EV mode
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    Two new announcements about Ford and its upcoming C-Max line of vehicles arrived today, emphasizing the vehicles' efficiency and electric performance. For the C-Max Hybrid, the previously predicted miles per gallon rating of 47 mpg is now official, per the EPA, and will apply across the board. ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid priced at $29,995 after tax credit
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    The U.S. federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles maxes out at $7,500 for cars with batteries that are 16 kWh or larger. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid doesn't have that big of a pack, so the most the feds will grant you for buying one is $3,750. Still, the Energi's just-announced price of ...

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