Ford lowers mpg rating for C-MAX Hybrid

Ford has upgraded the 2014 C-MAX Hybrid with a new transmission, gearing changes and improved aerodynamics to boost fuel efficiency. Also, the company announced it’s changing labeling to accurately reflect mileage and will issue a goodwill payment for the difference.

Hardware changes to the gears, a new hood seal and engine oil all amplify the 2013 model as the 2014 C-MAX Hybrid has even better fuel economy. While Ford will continue to use the EPA’s General Label, the company will also test and label the C-MAX Hybrid separately from here on. The revised 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid label will be 43 mpg, a one-mile improvement over that of the Toyota Prius v.

The 2014 C-MAX Hybrid will be available in December as Ford hopes to capitalize on strong customer demand. The 2013 model helped Ford post its best quarterly hybrid U.S. sales ever.

The venerable Detroit automaker reported sales of 53,014 electrified vehicles through July, a 392 percent increase from a year ago. Ford says a J.D. Power APEAL study found the C-MAX Hybrid is scoring high with customers and two-thirds of them are previous import owners.

Ford’s overall electrified vehicle market share shot up 12 points through the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period of 2012, and is now at 15.4 percent, according to the company.

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