Ford's Flexible Michigan Assembly Plant Makes History by Launching C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Beating Toyota in Fuel Economy

   Ford's Flexible Michigan Assembly Plant Makes History by Launching C-MAX
     Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Beating Toyota in Fuel Economy Across Lineup

PR Newswire

WAYNE, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012

WAYNE, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oC-MAX Energi is fifth major advanced technology, fuel-efficient vehicle to
    be produced at the transformed Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) – the world's
    only plant to build gasoline-powered, electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid
    vehicles all on the same production line and the only one to produce four
    vehicles delivering 40 mpg or more
  oAfter launching the new Escape, Fusion and C-MAX hybrids, Ford now beats
    Toyota in fuel economy in every segment where both compete
  oThe C-Max Energi is America's most fuel-efficient and affordable plug-in
    hybrid vehicle, delivering 108 MPGe city and "real car" horsepower of 195,
    eclipsing the Prius plug-in by more than 60 horsepower
  oMAP's five fuel economy leaders, coupled with the all-new Fusion Hybrid
    and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and the nearly half a million
    EcoBoost-powered vehicles sold globally, cements Ford's fuel economy
    leadership position in 2013

Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant is making history with each new C-MAX Energi
plug-in hybrid that rolls off the line. It is the only manufacturing site in
the world to build vehicles with five different fuel-efficient powertrains on
the same line and the only one to build four vehicles that deliver 40 mpg or
more in real-world driving.

Ford is committed to deliver eight vehicles for U.S. customers by year-end
that deliver 40 mpg or more – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.
MAP builds half of those – C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid, Focus Electric and
Focus SE with SFE – helping Ford complete a lineup that now beats Toyota in
fuel economy in every segment where they both compete

"Michigan Assembly Plant is setting a new global standard for flexible
manufacturing, and is a central part of Ford's important milestone, sweeping
Toyota across the board for fuel economy leadership," said Jim Tetreault, Ford
vice president of North America Manufacturing. "The transformation of this
plant is proof of how our One Ford plan has transformed our products, giving
our customers industry-leading choices for hybrids, plug-ins, electrics and
EcoBoost-powered vehicles."

Converted from a plant that produced two full-size SUVs, MAP is now the only
factory in the world to build gasoline-powered, electric, hybrid and plug-in
hybrid vehicles on the same production line. MAP produces the following
vehicles that offer Ford customers a range of fuel-efficient options versus
Toyota and other competitors:

  oC-MAX Energi – America's most fuel-efficient and affordable plug-in hybrid
    vehicle – is on its way to Ford EV-certified dealers in half the states
    across the country. As Ford's first production plug-in hybrid, C-MAX
    Energi provides customers with an all-new electrified vehicle offering
    that delivers a class-leading 108 MPGe city EPA rating, "real car"
    horsepower of 195 (versus Prius plug-in's 134 horsepower) and a leading
    EV-only speed of 85 mph, 20 mph above the Prius plug-in.
  oC-MAX Hybrid – The country's most fuel-efficient and affordable hybrid
    utility vehicle is now the best-selling hybrid utility vehicle after
    outselling Toyota Prius v, 3,182 units to 2,769 units, in just its first
    full month of sales in October. C-MAX Hybrid delivers EPA-certified 47 mpg
    city, 47 mpg highway ratings – 7 mpg better than the Toyota Prius v on the
    highway – for a 47 mpg combined rating – plus more performance and
  oFocus Electric – Officially America's most fuel-efficient five-passenger
    car, with a certified 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating
    and 99 MPGe on the highway. Focus Electric, a zero-emission battery
    electric vehicle, also has been certified by the EPA to offer 105 MPGe
    combined, beating Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while offering more motor power
    and more standard features.
  oThe Focus ST – Its new 2.0-liter EcoBoost^® four-cylinder engine is
    certified at 32 mpg highway – better than its manual-equipped competition
    in the Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3.
  oFocus with the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package – This sleek small car
    delivers an EPA-certified 40 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg city through
    its advanced six-speed automatic transmission.

Four years ago, Ford's Manufacturing and Product Development teams began
working together to develop product platform designs that enable the use of
programmable equipment to produce multiple variations of products in one
facility. Today, more than 80 percent of the tooling in the plant's body shop
can be programmed to weld a variety of body styles. This allows Ford to
quickly adjust the mix between models as customer preferences change.

In the final assembly area, Ford Manufacturing engineers collaborated closely
with UAW representatives to design job stations that can be adapted to
different kinds of work content, depending on the vehicle. For example, even
though C-MAX vehicles have 1,074 separate parts from the Focus, both vehicles
travel through nearly all of the same 604 workstations in the trim and chassis

Several workstations play key roles in the plant's ability to build both
electrified and gasoline-powered cars.

  oIn chassis, workers at one station have plastic fuel tanks on one side of
    the line and electric chargers on the other. Depending on the build
    sequence, they install either a charger in a Focus BEV, or a fuel tank in
    a C-MAX or gasoline-powered Focus.
  oSeveral stops further down the chassis line, other workers attach either
    battery packs or exhaust systems, depending on the vehicle.
  oIn the trim area, multiple stations have been reconfigured so that a team
    of workers has a longer time window to do the complicated functions of
    installing a high-voltage wire and battery into C-MAX or Focus BEV, while
    being given quicker tasks to perform when gasoline-powered Focus cars come
    down the line.

In addition to the $550 million that Ford invested to convert MAP into a
flexible factory, the company added a third crew of 1,200 workers in May,
bringing total employment to 5,170 workers.

Fuel Economy Details

The Ford fuel economy leaders are:

Cars and Electrified Vehicles

  oC-MAX Hybrid at 47 mpg combined beats Prius v by 7 mpg in the compact
    hybrid utility segment
  oC-MAX Energi at 100 MPGe combined beats Prius Plug-in by 5 MPGe in the
    plug-in hybrid market
  oFiesta SFE at 40 mpg highway beats Toyota Yaris by 3 mpg in the subcompact
  oFocus SFE at 40 mpg highway beats Corolla by 6 mpg in the compact segment
  oFocus Electric at 110 MPGe city does not have a Toyota competitor
  oFusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost at 37 mpg highway beats Camry by 2 mpg in the
    midsize sedan segment
  oFusion Hybrid at 47 mpg highway beats Camry Hybrid by 9 mpg in the midsize
    hybrid sedan segment
  oTaurus 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 32 mpg highway beats Avalon by 4 mpg in the
    full-size sedan segment

Crossovers, Trucks and SUVs

  oEscape 1.6-liter EcoBoost at 33 mpg highway beats RAV-4 by 5 mpg in the
    small crossover segment
  oExplorer 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 28 mpg highway beats Highlander by 3 mpg in
    the midsize crossover segment (Note: Flex 3.5-liter EcoBoost ties
  oExpedition at 20 mpg highway beats Sequoia by 2 mpg in the full-size SUV
  oEdge 2.0-liter EcoBoost at 30 highway beats Venza by 4 mpg in the midsize
    crossover segment
  oF-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost at 22 mpg highway beats Tundra by 2 mpg in the
    full-size pickup segment

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Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 172,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
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