Ford’s Frank Davis on fuel efficiency on Driving the Nation

Ford’s Executive Director of North American Products, Frank Davis, sat with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, to chat on Real Wheels chat line.

We were at a Ford Fusion event in Southern California, driving cars that the EPA rated at 47city/47hwy/47 combined mpg, so we expected questions on fuel efficiency, but the first question we got was
Question for Ford exec

To meet the new fuel requirements, will Ford have reduced power, lower hauling/towing capacity or limit 4 wheel drive capatbility in the F-350 and other F series trucks?

September 21, 2012 11:09 AM

Lou Ann Hammond :

Ford’s Executive Director of North American Products, Frank Davis, here:

We never thought we would get a question like this about an F350.

Our strategy on pickups is great fuel economy and great capability like the ecoboost model in the F150 (out since 2011) which offers 22mpg 3,000 payload and 11,000 trailer tow capability.

More to come on that in the future thanks for the question.

After the chat Hammond talked to Davis about the questions, and about Fusion’s fuel efficiency.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.