True, Ford and the other big guys were initially left behind in the race to be more environmentally friendly. But, they've learned their lesson and the result is an offering of steadily cleaner domestic vehicles with every new model year.
Ford's new 3.5 litre Duratec engine will soon make up 20% of the power-plants rolling off their assembly lines, and it's continuing the trend of cleaner combustion engines. It's a V-6 that still achieves PZEV certification, and you can run it on regular-grade 87 Octane- no more draining your wallet to help the environment every time you fill up.
The number of domestic hybrid-powered vehicles continues to expand as well. So, if you do want to spend a bit more to support this technology when you purchase your next car, "more" can be a little less if you shop closer to home and don't automatically go with the import.
Perhaps the most impressive new trend across almost all industries these days is how they look at their processes & systems from the ground up in search of ways to be more environmentally responsible in everything they do. This means that it's not just the end-product that leaves less of a harmful footprint, but every step that went into producing it is cleaner as well. A great example of this is Ford's new painting process, which is both cleaner and actually more cost-effective. Win-win for everyone.