Ford Adds Mild-Hybrid Variants in Europe
Starting next year, Ford Motor Co. will offer mild-hybrid versions of its Fiesta and Focus small cars in Europe.
The 48-volt architecture for the Fiesta and Focus will use a belt-driven integrated starter-generator in place of a standard alternator. In addition to engine stop-start capability and regenerative braking, the electrified system can reduce turbo lag and provide a temporary torque boost, according to the carmaker.
The mild-hybrid system is teamed with Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder Ecoboost engine. Ford estimates the combination will help the Focus Ecoboost achieve 60 mpg on the WLTP test cycle, while tailpipe emissions are limited to 106 g/km. The Fiesta Hybrid isn’t far behind, with projected ratings of 57 mpg and112 g/km.
Ford plans to announce additional hybrid models in April.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.