Ford planning a new hybrid vehicle to take on the Toyota Prius

Article by Christian A., on August 21, 2014

We already know that Toyota is working hard on the next-generation Prius and already delayed the vehicle by 6 months in order to have more time to maximize mpg. And things are getting harder and harder for Toyota as Ford is already working on a new hybrid vehicle that will be a direct rival to the Prius.

Set tot arrive in late 2018 the new vehicle will be company’s first dedicated hybrid and what’s more interesting is that it will be designed to be marketed only as a hybrid and will not be a variation of a gasoline model just like it did with the Fusion or the C-Max.

Just like the Prius, the new hybrid gasoline-electric car from Ford will be offered in different body styles. In addition, Ford wants to take things even further and plans to offer the different versions of the vehicle’s powertrain such as a more expensive model that can be recharged from any electrical outlet.

Asked about these rumors, a Ford spokesman declined to make any comment. Codenamed C240, the new hybrid vehicle will be produced at Ford’s Wayne assembly plant and some of the technology such as the electric motors and batteries are expected to be borrowed from the current hybrid models found in company’s lineup.

Chevrolet is also planning to introduce the second-generation Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Set to hit the market as a 2016 model, the new Chevrolet Volt will offer a better fuel economy than its predecessor and promises to be a better rival for the Toyota Prius.

Still, the Prius remains the best-selling hybrid in global markets despite the fact that its sales dropped 11 percent in the United States. Ford’s C-Max Hybrid sales also dropped 29 percent in the first seven months of the year, while Fusion Hybrid sales are up 24 percent. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The BMW 7 Series is already highly sought after but nonetheless, the German marque is giving it a more exclusive variant for the Russian market, and they are calling it...
by - October 20, 2017
Several automakers including Porsche, Volkswagen, Smart and even Land Rover have all been victimized by cheap Chinese copycats. And if you haven’t seen it yet, the most recent one would...
by - October 20, 2017
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been around for quite some time now but to bid it farewell, the company has launched the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition. Mercedes will only build a...
by - October 20, 2017
Have you ever wondered what you can you buy with $9,365 in your pocket? Well, you have quite a lot of options. In fact, you can even purchase a used...
by - October 20, 2017
The Audi A7 Sportback, whether you would like to call it a sportback or a four-door coupe, has always been a beautiful car. And this week, the 2019 model year...
by - October 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries