Paulus bought a 2013 Toyota Prius V hybrid for the dealership that he keeps outside of his office so loyal Toyota customers can compare the Prius side-by-side to Ford's equivalent C-Max.
During a test drive, salesman Mark Shields always tells his customers to floor the Prius while getting onto the 101 Freeway. Then he has them punch the C-Max.
"The C-Max has another 50 horse power," Shields said. "And it's a peppy 50."
Lifelong Ford lover Jason Cuascut, 35, of San Jose, has little patience for any kind of hybrid, even Ford's.
He and his wife, Valerie, and their 4-month-old son, Jaxon, last month added to their Ford fleet of a Fusion and F-150 truck by buying a seven-passenger 2013 Ford Flex crossover at The Ford Store for their growing family.
And Cuascut has a message for Toyota and Honda owners about the re-emergence of Ford in the California car market.
Company sells 8,030 units in first two months.
EV sales up 288 percent, with the help of C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi models achieving record sales.
Auto makers report strong December sales.
Consumer Reports releases 2013 car brand report cards.