Ford Vehicles Rank High in Fuel Efficiency

According to the J.D. Power 2011 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, all Ford vehicles earned fuel efficiency ratings above their segment average, the American automaker announced today. As part of APEAL, customers rate their level of “gratification” on a variety of vehicle attributes, including safety, fuel efficiency, cargo space, roominess and exterior styling.

“Customers are falling in love with Ford vehicles at first sight and growing even fonder of them over time,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Customers increasingly are saying our fuel efficiency leadership is a reason to buy a Ford vehicle.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Ford Motor Company today has 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel efficiency – including four vehicles with EPA-certified 40 mpg or higher ratings – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.

The company also is introducing five new electrified vehicles in North America by the end of next year.

The new Ford Fiesta and F-150 were first-place segment winners in the survey, which measures customer satisfaction in design, content and vehicle performance. The 2011 Ford Taurus and Flex were rated second in their segments. The new Ford Explorer, F-Series Super Duty, Expedition and Mustang scored third-place segment rankings.

Ford vehicles excelled in many areas of the study, particularly fuel efficiency. Specifically:
• All of Ford’s newer retail vehicles earned fuel efficiency ratings above their segment averages
• Fiesta performs particularly well in the area of fuel efficiency in the subcompact car segment
• New F-150 outperforms industry average for fuel efficiency
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