As one of the best-selling auto brands in Canada, Ford offers more than a dozen models for diverse lifestyles and demands. Canadians who look for efficient new cars should consider the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and C-Max models. Even the Super Duty pickup truck offers a good combination of fuel-saving technology and heavy-duty performance.
The EcoBoost engines offer an impressive combination of powerful performance and efficient operation. With a displacement of only 1.0 L, the EcoBoost I-3 engine is virtually unmatched by any other powertrain on the North American marketplace. This three-cylinder engine block comes with the Auto Start/Stop function that conserves fuel in situations that don’t require much output. Some of the EcoBoost engines are turbocharged to deliver lots of horsepower and torque at relatively low tachometer readings. Additionally, the Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) technology is integrated into a few of the EcoBoost engines. This timing mechanism improves the efficiency of various combustion phases including the intake and exhaust strokes.
Dynamic Transmission Systems
Featuring a gear box with six total speeds, the SelectShift automatic transmission system is engineered for smooth handling. This signature transmission is designed to essentially eliminate any delays that might occur during rapid upshifts or downshifts in gears. Some models are available with five-speed or six-speed manual transmission systems that are suitable for drivers who prefer to customize their own gear sequences according to driving conditions. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are equipped with the Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) that requires minimal input from the driver. Installed in the Super Duty pickup truck, the TorqShift automatic transmission has six gear ratios that are optimized for heavy-duty operation. When there’s a need for a quick and powerful takeoff, this transmission reduces excessive strain on the Super Duty’s sophisticated powertrain that’s available with a V8 gas engine or V8 diesel engine.
The Ford Fusion and C-MAX are available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid editions that deliver excellent efficiency. These economical models are available at car dealerships that appeal to green drivers. The Fusion and C-Max run on a 2.0 L engine that operates on the conventional Atkinson Cycle. This compact engine block is paired with a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Drivers can select to keep the hybrid powertrain running on gasoline only, electrical battery power alone or a combination of power sources. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid editions also utilize the regenerative braking technology to boost efficiency in heavy traffic. Shoppers who look for an electric car leasing option should consider getting the Focus Electric Hatch. This compact hatchback runs on pure electrical power that’s derived from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. A single-speed automatic transmission system is installed in this compact car.