Ford Motor Company has commenced production of its Mondeo Hybrid — the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe.
Available as a four-door midsize sedan, the Mondeo Hybrid utilizes a specially-developed 2.0-liter gasoline engine in conjunction with an electric motor and a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. The result is measly 4.2 l/100 km fuel economy and 99 g/km CO2 emissions.
“Mondeo Hybrid offers consumers the best of both worlds, the enhanced efficiency and reduced emissions of electric power, and the range and performance of a traditional powertrain,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “With a range of Ford vehicles that also includes the Focus Electric, the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, as well as fuel-efficient ECOnetic diesel and EcoBoost models, our customers will soon have more options than ever to optimise running costs.”
According to Ford, the Mondeo Hybrid will be priced competitively with other Mondeo variants powered by diesel engines, thereby “delivering on Ford’s promise to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power of choice”. We should note, however, that the hybrid powertrain is currently solely available in the range-topping Mondeo Titanium trim, which starts at £24,995 in the United Kingdom.
For the European market, the Mondeo range is manufactured at Ford’s facilities in Valencia, Spain. Four-door Mondeos equipped with gasoline engines will be built at the Ford-Sollers Assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia, where Mondeo will be sold starting in 2015.