Sometimes, it's the modest claims that sound the most honest. Sure, we'd love to have amazing electric cars that can go 250 miles between charges, last for 15 years and cost just $20,000, but that's not going to happen any time soon. Ford's recent announcement that its upcoming EcoBoost fuel-saving system will be able to save a driver hundreds of dollars in fuel costs a year strikes me as something that is not only realistic but also worth getting excited about if you're a Ford fan.

Ford says that the systems potential is to reduce fuel use by 20 percent. Apply that to an annual driving range of 15,000 miles and gas at $3.25 and you'll spend $340 less on gas each year. If that sounds good to you - and you're keen on the Lincoln MKS (pictured) where EcoBoost will debut in 2009 - then start thinking about how to spend your extra $340. Of course, in 2009, we just might need to recalculate that price. $3.25? Not at the rate things are going.

[Source: Ford]

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