Ford counts on hybrids to comply with stricter European emissions targets
Ford of Europe says that its coming broader range of hybrid models will permit it to comply with stricter European Union emissions targets set for 2020-21 without the risk of paying fines.
Many other automakers — led by the region’s largest player, the Volkswagen Group — are preparing an offensive of battery-powered vehicles that comply to meet the EU's latest CO2 emissions reduction targets. Ford will take a different route, counting more — like Toyota — on hybrids rather than battery electric vehicles.
Ford is ramping up its launch of hybrids — with a special emphasis on plug-in hybrids such as the new Kuga compact crossover, which the company said emits 29 g/km of CO2 under the NEDC testing regime. Ford surprised the industry with the Kuga plug-in hybrid's particularly low emissions level. The Kuga is closer to a midsize sedan than a similarly sized SUV.