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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

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.