New hybrid gets 47 mpg city and highway

Automaker says new model beats Prius

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Ford Motor Company announced today that its 2013 C-MAX Hybrid is EPA-certified at 47 miles per gallon (mpg) city and highway, beating the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg in highway driving.

"The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v," said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. "We've done this with innovation – represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents – while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers."

Ford estimates the new vehicle will have a range of 570 miles on one tank of gas.  That range, enough to travel from Orlando to Savannah, Ga., and back, beats the Prius v by 120 miles.

Range and mpg are not the whole story.

Ford is waging a price war, as well.   The automaker says the C-MAX Hybrid is expected to be America's most affordable hybrid utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery.   That price tag is $555 to $1,300 lower than the Prius v.

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