• Dec 23rd 2008 at 1:58PM
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Wanna go 41 mpg in a mid-size Ford sedan? You can, starting in the spring of 2009 (and if you stay in the city). Ford announced today that official EPA certification on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid finished this week with a 41 mpg city/36 highway result. That's lower than the real-world 43.1 miles per gallon we managed to squeeze from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and battery pack in LA not too long ago, but still good enough to beat the official numbers of the Camry Hybrid. The Fusion can also go up to 47 mph on battery power alone, something that no other hybrid in American can do (some pure electric vehicles, of course, can do this easily). The number I'm most impressed by, though, is that Ford is saying that, "A new regenerative brake system allows for approximately 94 percent energy recovery in city driving." 94 percent? Really?

[Source: Ford]


41 mpg! All-new FORD Fusion hybrid IS NOW America's most fuel-efficient mid-size car

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 23, 2008 – The all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid is now officially America's most fuel efficient mid-size car with a certified 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, topping the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.

"The new Ford Fusion Hybrid not only significantly exceeds the competition but also embodies Ford's 100 percent commitment to fuel efficiency leadership, quality, innovation and advanced technology," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "The Ford team set the bar high – to develop America's most fuel efficient mid-size sedan – and that's what they delivered."

The 2010 Ford Fusion's final fuel economy certification was completed this week at Ford's testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich., and the vehicle will carry an EPA label of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway when it goes on sale this spring. The Fusion Hybrid, which beats even the much smaller Honda Civic hybrid by 1 mpg in city driving, can travel more than 700 miles on a single tank of gas.

To deliver the class leading fuel economy performance, Ford's engineers spent the past three years developing in-house the vehicle's next-generation hybrid propulsion system. It allows the Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrid to travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, faster than the Toyota Camry and all other hybrids currently on the road. In addition, the system's Advanced Intake Variable Cam Timing allows the Fusion and Milan hybrids to more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice-versa.

"The Fusion Hybrid's ability to run at a much higher speed in electric mode allows drivers to maximize fuel efficiently in many driving situations," said Praveen Cherian, Fusion Hybrid program leader. "For example, this would allow drivers to travel around their subdivision and parking areas in all-electric mode."

Fusion's advanced hybrid system features:

* Smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20 percent more power than Ford's previous hybrid system. The battery's improved chemistry allows it to be run at a higher temperature and cooled using cabin air.
* New 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (155 horsepower / 136 lb.-ft. of torque), which is mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.
* Enhanced electronic throttle control, which reduces airflow on shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts.
* Smart climate control system, which monitors cabin temperature and only runs the gas engine as needed to heat the cabin. It also includes an electric air conditioning compressor to further minimize engine use.
* Regenerative brake system, which captures the energy normally lost through friction in braking and stores it. Nearly 94 percent energy recovery is achieved by delivering full regenerative braking, which means only 6 percent of braking is through traditional friction brakes

SmartGauge Teaches Eco-Driving
The new Fusion Hybrid literally teaches drivers how to make the most out of their vehicle, thanks to Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide. SmartGauge is a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the performance of their hybrid.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide features two, high-resolution, full-color liquid crystal display screens on either side of the vehicle's speedometer. The screens can be configured to show different levels of driver information, including fuel and battery power levels, and average and instant miles-per-gallon.

When set in tutorial mode, the instrument panel "grows" leaves and vines on-screen to reward fuel-efficient driving. The more leaves and vines that appear, the more efficient the driving behavior is and the more fuel is being saved. In some recent tests, automotive journalists have reported exceeding 50 mpg with the Fusion Hybrid.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid also is distinct on the outside with Ford's "road and leaf" badges on both sides and the rear, unique 17-inch, eight-spoke wheels, and a unique engine cover. On the inside, Fusion Hybrid features eco-friendly seat fabric made from post-industrial 100 percent recycled materials and a standard 110-volt power outlet.

Fusion Gasoline Model Also a Fuel Leader
In addition to the hybrid, Fusion will be offered with three fuel-efficient gasoline engines – the Duratec 2.5-liter I-4 and enhanced 3.0-liter flex-fuel V-6 and 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engines. Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine are expected to deliver at least 3 mpg better on the highway than the Honda Accord and 2 mpg better than the Toyota Camry. The new Fusion will be building off the strong quality reputation of the current model, which has gained important third-party accolades, and will offer class-exclusive features, including Ford SYNC™, SIRIUS® TravelLink™, BLIS™ (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert and Sony-branded audio.

In addition to the Fusion, several other Ford vehicles are fuel-economy standouts on the road today. They include:

* The Ford Focus with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission delivers 35 mpg on the highway, 5 mpg better than the Toyota Corolla's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 2 mpg better than the Honda Fit's 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, both also with manual transmissions.
* The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 – which just recently was named Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year – achieves 3 mpg more than the Toyota Tundra pickup on the highway and 1 mpg better in the city with its 4.6-liter V-8 engine, compared to Toyota's 4.7-liter V-8. The F-150's larger 5.4-liter V-8 achieves 2 mpg better on the highway than the Tundra's larger engine.
* The 2009 Ford Escape with new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine achieves 28 mpg on the highway, the same as Toyota's RAV4 and 1 mpg better than the Honda CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines, too.
* The Ford Expedition achieves 20 mpg on the highway, beating Toyota Sequoia's 4.7-liter V-8 engine by 3 mpg and its 5.7-liter V-8 by 1 mpg.

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About Ford Motor Company:
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      So why don't they make it a PHEV? If you could charge it up for 47 miles capacity at night, most drivers would almost never need gasoline. Everyone, including Ford, knows this. Are they even trying to get it right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dennis -

        It can't go 47 miles on battery power; it can go *up to 47 mph*. A significant difference (sorry, I didn't quickly find a battery-only range in the press release, but I presume it's very limited).

        Why not PHEV yet? Ford learned from GM and Toyota: Reasonable battery-only range and speed are very difficult to achieve at acceptable cost while offering a warranty, using today's technology. Look for it in the future.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, looking at this car, I see it will be No Threat to Ford's cash cow, the Explorer.

      Let's have a contest:
      Is there any way they could have made this thing any plainer or duller?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a 2008 Toyota Camary XLE, and I think the new Ford Fusion is a great looking car. I would buy one I was in the market for a new car. The tech specs look awesome and 47 miles on just the batt pack may be just enough incentive for me to put my Toyota on sale and go for a Ford Fusion Hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sad part is that Ford (given their work on other hybrid platforms) SHOULD have matched Toyota in bringing a true mid-sized hybrid sedan to the market. Instead, they wasted hundreds of millions on rebadged crap that nobody wanted no matter the name (Freestyle, Taurus X, etc).

      Mullaly is still overpaid. Ford is in a better position than the rest of Detroit b/c they HAD to mortgage everything two years ago to stay in business. Despite having clearly superior vehicles available in Europe, Ford was fiercely opposed to bringing any of them to the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because Ford has sold their European models, either imported or built here, on numerous occasions in the past thirty-five years and with one exception, they sold modestly at bet and for the most part poorly, because they were not what enough American consumers were interested in even if they were good or some cases very good vehicles. Now that consumer attitudes are changing, perhaps the coming European Fords will sell better. But the fact that Toyota and Honda vastly outsell better-handling and better-looking Japanese competitors in the US doesn't create great confidence. I hope differently, since I'd like a small liftback and there's currently not much to choose from, and when I add my other criteria, there's nothing that fits as well as the Fiesta might.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for not needing a bailout and nicely done Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for Ford!

      Their press release comparing a 2L Focus to a 2.4L Corolla is lame. Too much like GM propaganda. You should be better then that Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The better question is why are they comparing the Focus to the Fit? *smdh*
      • 4 Years Ago
      2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid consumption leads to the top of the class, without making too many sacrifices in terms of performance. Ford Sync technology package is top notch and the premium audio system from Sony is a great sounding board for a great value. SmartGauge instrument configuration is a good tool for learning to drive more efficiently. By combining a highly efficient hybrid drive with a standard cab and optional high tech 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is both a car high tech and high value.
      • 6 Years Ago
      41 MPG around town! That is sweet! I would be filling up about every 3 or 4 weeks! This puts it nearly in the Prius' territory and it looks much better and has a ton of room for clients, or kids, as the situation merits. I drove a Fusion over the summer and tho it isn't BMW in its finish quality, it is comparable to a Camry.
      Ford is going to sell a ton of these cars. I wish it was a bit sportier, but with that grill and those wheels, well it is a bit boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Regenerative brake system, which captures the energy normally lost through friction in braking and stores it. Nearly 94 percent energy recovery is achieved by delivering full regenerative braking, which means only 6 percent of braking is through traditional friction brakes"

      This could save hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on brake work over the life of the car. Hell, if I was running Ford I'd offer a lifetime pad replacement policy. It would cost Ford very little and is a nice marketing move.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Sebastian Blanco... One Question: will the Fusion hybrid be offered with all-wheel drive? This is important to those of us who live in the snow!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Ford gets it! I have been so disappointed for so long with the big 3s car offerings, it is very encouraging to have a domestic offering that appears to be the equal in every way to any import. I knew Ford could do it. My 2000 F-350 diesel is the highest quality vehicle I have ever owned, and I have owned a German car and 7 Japanese vehicles. My cousin owns a Ford Fusion and it's a great car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys really need to do some basic proof reading before posting. Come on! 41mpg highway? It says right in your own post that it's 41mpg city and 36mpg highway.

      Perhaps you guys should require posts to be read by at least one other editor before being approved. It's embarrassing to say the least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very impressive! Now lets get gdi in the 2.5 liter 4s,and put them in all the vehicles that use the 2.3,Mazda 5,Ranger,etc.
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