“This project underscores our focus on innovation and eco-friendly technologies," said Doug Callahan, MPC's vice president of engineering, "It also demonstrates the level of success that can be reached with these types of collaborative relationships,"
Polyone and MPC, which is a Ford World Excellence supplier, joined forces to design the metallic-look engine cover while maintaining a low carbon footprint. Polyone supplies the composite material named Maxxam FX Metal, which has a similar appearance to painted polymer versions but minimizes the amount of energy and environmental effects of the classic manufacturing and painting process. MPC uses this innovative material to produce the engine cover for the vehicle.
"PolyOne is committed to helping our customers win by creating sustainable solutions," said Craig Nikrant, PolyOne's president of Global Specialty Engineered Materials. "Each component of the award-winning Ford Fusion Hybrid contributes to its market success and critical acclaim. PolyOne is proud to play a leadership role in engineering an innovative technology that addresses the environmental goals we all share."
The Ford Fusion Hybrid was recognized as the North American Car of the Year earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show. It uses a 2.5 liter gasoline engine which develops 156 HP and 184 Nm of torque. This is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to offer a fuel consumption figure of 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.