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Ford’s Aero Efforts Target Higher Fuel Efficiency

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Published on May 20, 2016 with No Comments

Don’t look now, but it turns out that Ford’s ability to deliver one of the industry’s most fuel-efficient lineups is partly based on cheating—cheating the wind, that is. The company’s extensive focus on aerodynamics is a key reason that Ford products achieve class-leading or unsurpassed fuel efficiency in every segment in which they compete.

Take the 2011 North American Truck of the Year, the completely redesigned Ford Explorer. Untold hours in Ford wind tunnels, along with painstaking detail work on the part of the company’s designers and aerodynamicists, all made their mark on the Explorer’s front air dam, side mirrors and rear liftgate spoiler. The result was a 1 mpg bump in fuel efficiency at highway speeds. And while that may seem like a small improvement, it helps add up to a class-leading EPA line of 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the Explorer.

Or consider the all-new 2012 Ford Focus. The sedan features active grille shutters that remain open in low-speed driving to help cool the engine, but then close up on the highway for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. Thanks to that system and other aero-oriented design details, including a rear decklid spoiler and aerodynamically optimized wheel covers, the Focus SFE can achieve EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway.

“Aerodynamic development has yielded significant improvements in fuel efficiency across the full line of Ford vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “Full-size trucks, family-friendly utilities, and cars in each segment add fuel economy from careful attention to aerodynamic details.”

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