2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid earns second Top Safety Pick from IIHS

Article by Christian A., on August 12, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Ford C-MAX Hybrid a Top Safety Pick for second year in a row. IIHS had the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid undergo multiple crash tests – leading to a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said the carmaker is proud that the C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Standard safety equipment on the C-MAX Hybrid includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Add to that list a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. The C-MAX Hybrid comes with available driver-assist features like a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system and reverse sensing system as well as rain-sensing wipers.

The 2014 Ford C-MAX also boasts of having the best-in-class passenger volume with 99.7 cubic feet as well as class-exclusive features like SmartGauge with EcoGuide, integrated blind spot mirrors and Active Grille Shutters.

Other class-exclusive features include dual-zone automatic temperature control and Easy Fuel capless fuel filler as well as leather-trimmed seats and a hands-free liftgate.

The C-MAX Energi and Hybrid will apply advanced LI-ion battery configurations conceived and produced by Ford in Michigan in-house. Every system is intelligently designed to optimise the use of typical, first-class elements, like control board hardware with proven performance in developing Ford's current, acclaimed hybrid automobiles.

The lithium-ion battery packs provide numerous advantages over the nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries in use in today's hybrids. Generally, they are smaller by 25 to 30 per cent and lighter by 50 per cent, making them easier to place in an automobile. And they can be adjusted to boost power to increase acceleration or energy to expand drive distances.

While the C-MAX Hybrid will function similarly to current hybrid automobiles, the C-MAX Energi will gain from daily charges to optimise its all-electric reach. Due to the proficiencies of its correctly sized battery configuration, the plug-in hybrid effortlessly recharges fully overnight using a 120V outlet.

A fully charged C‑MAX Energi allows customers to extend their driving considerably in all-electric mode and extremely lessen their use of the fuel engine on-board.

On starting up, the C-MAX Energi will run in charge-depletion mode, giving the electric drive range. When the battery is fully discharged, or when certain situations occur, it turns to charge-sustaining hybrid mode for sustained optimised fuel economy.

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