Faurecia celebrates its contributions to the Ford Fusion, named 2013 Green Car
of the Year
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Faurecia, the world's sixth-largest
automotive supplier, today celebrated the announcement by Green Car Journal
that the Ford Fusion has been named its 2013 Green Car of the Year. With
Ford, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies co-developed the exhaust heat
recovery manifold (EHRM), a first-of-its-kind technology for vehicle exhaust
heat recovery that was introduced to the industry on the 2013 Fusion.
The EHRM represents a new approach to recovering exhaust heat to warm the
vehicle cabin. The technology integrates the heat recovery function into the
manifold, rather than under the car, by making the engine cooling fluid flow
around the manifold via a dedicated rail. As a result, heat is recovered when
thermal energy is at its maximum.
"The manifold was chosen as the location for the EHRM to simplify the
ancillary hardware required to direct the coolant into the traditional heating
system and to lower backpressure when compared to an underbody heat recovery
unit," said Michael Clegg, chief technical officer for Faurecia Emissions
Control Technologies North America. "In concert with Ford and Faurecia
experts, a complete system was developed to meet both emissions regulations
and enhance fuel economy."
In gas-electric hybrid vehicles like the 2013 Ford Fusion, the thermal engine
is used in certain phases only to warm the cabin. The EHRM enables the
gasoline engine to shut down 2-3 minutes sooner in cold weather conditions,
improving the fuel consumption. That equals 2-3 minutes of electric only
driving not using gasoline. The EHRM is assembled using Faurecia's brazing
technology, which enables thinner materials to be used, while providing higher
quality and better durability. Faurecia also makes the complete exhaust system
for the Ford Fusion.
"We congratulate Ford on the success of the Fusion and its much-deserved
recognition as Green Car of the Year," said Faurecia North America President
Mike Heneka. "Faurecia's innovation strategy focuses on offering its customers
and consumers technologies that lighten vehicle weight, improve fuel economy,
reduce emissions and create a vehicle environment that is comfortable and
attractive. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute our
capabilities and commitment to Ford and its award-winning Fusion."
The announcement was a culminating highlight of press days at the LA Auto
Show. For the past 20 years, Green Car Journal has chosen its Green Car of the
Year from among the auto industry's most environmentally innovative and
efficient production vehicles. The Ford Fusion was one of five finalists,
which also included two other vehicles that feature Faurecia technology, the
Ford C-MAX and the Dodge Dart Aero. For more information on Faurecia at the LA
Auto Show, visit www.faurecialaautoshow.com.
Faurecia is the world's sixth largest automotive supplier with four key
Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior
Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2011, the Group posted total sales of
$22.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Nanterre, France, with its
North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. It employs 84,000 people in
36 countries at 270 sites and 40 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE
Euronext Paris stock exchange and trades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC)
market. For more information, visit: www.faurecia.com
About Faurecia North America
Faurecia North America had sales of$4.8 billionin 2011. The Group has 37
production sites inthe United States,CanadaandMexicoand employs more than
17,000 people in the region. It has five technical and development centers,
situated inAuburn Hills(2),HollandandTroy, Mich., and inColumbus, Ind.,
as well as customer centers inSouthfield, Mich.andToledo, Ohio, and a
services center inAuburn Hills.
For the latest updates on Faurecia activities throughoutNorth America,
connect with the company on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/faureciaNA),
Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/faurecia_NA) and Pinterest
Contact: Stacie Tong, Director, Communications, Faurecia North America,
+1-248-484-3185, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jennifer Korail, Airfoil Group,
For Faurecia North America, +1-248-304-1429, email@example.com
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