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    Rumorpile: Ford Plans An Attack On The Prius


    • Ford Is Planning A Assault On The Prius

    A new report from Reuters says the Ford is working on a dedicated hybrid model that will take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Two sources tell the news service that the new model, codenamed C240, will use Ford's new C2 platform. This new platform will also underpin the next-generation Focus and Escape. C240 will also be more efficient than the blue oval's current hybrids thanks to improved battery technology and and the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum.

    The new model is expected to go into production in 2018, with global sales starting a year after.

    Source: Reuters

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Wonder if Ford is tired of Paying Toyota for their Hybrid technology and as such have finally built their own Volt Competitor version or since Tesla has posted info maybe using a few ideas from that to build a Hybrid.

     

    I just hope they realize that a Diesel version or CNG version would make sense for a Volt Style hybrid.

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    To be fair, Ford developed their hybrid on their own and only has the agreement with Toyota to avoid a lawsuit.   The Pruis has been on sale in Japan since 1997 and one must assume that the patent was granted before then... that was 17 years ago, so the time for their patent ending is rapidly approaching.

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