• Dec 23rd 2008 at 10:57AM
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Sure, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid may have a base price that's more expensive than a Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,270 vs. $26,150), but you get oh so much more. Aside from more interesting styling and a trick LCD display called SmartGauge, Ford Fusion Hybrid owners will be able to travel 41 miles in the city for every gallon of gas they use. So says the Environmental Protection Agency, which has finally released official fuel economy numbers for Ford's most miserly vehicle. The 2010 Fusion Hybrid's official rating of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway bests the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg and 2 mpg, respectively. Ford points out that it even beats the smaller Honda Civic Hybrid by 1 mpg in the city. Credit goes to Ford and its engineers who developed the Fusion Hybrid's new hybrid drivetrain, which is based on the same one used in the Ford Escape Hybrid but features many advances like smaller and lighter nickel-metal hydride batteries and the ability to run up to 47 mph on electric power alone. That last ability alone raises the bar substantially for hybrids and puts the Fusion Hybrid in a class of its own... for now. The next-generation Toyota Prius will debut in January at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and we expect the Toyota Camry Hybrid to benefit greatly from adopting its new Synergy Drive hybrid drivetrain. In the meantime, check out our First Drive of the 2010 Ford Fusion by clicking here.

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41 MPG! All-New Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Now America's Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car

- Ford Fusion Hybrid certified at 41 mpg in city and 36 mpg on highway - beating the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in city and 2 mpg on highway

- Advanced hybrid propulsion system allows Fusion Hybrid to reach speeds of up to 47 miles per hour in electric mode - faster than the Camry Hybrid and all other hybrids currently on the road

- New smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery produces 20 percent more power than the previous hybrid system and a new regenerative brake system allows for approximately 94 percent energy recovery in city driving

- On sale this spring, new Fusion Hybrid can travel more than 700 miles on a single tank of gas in city driving

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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(TM), SIRIUS(R) TravelLink(TM), BLIS(TM) (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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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well.... that's great. There's no reason this thing shouldn't sell like craaaaaazy. It's good that at least one of the Big 3 realize in order to succeed, you need to make cars people will buy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What the heck? Sorry, I meant to reply to the previous post.

        But you're correct about the need for actual good product, which Ford seems to have in the pipeline.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe its Christmas magic, but for once I don't disagree with JJ. Cheers
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. A decent looking, innovative, reasonably priced car - from Detroit no less. Kudos to Ford. I'm impressed. Start putting some of this technology in their trucks and they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it would be a shame to see that people buy a Camry or a Prius without taking a test drive in the Ford fusion models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's wrong with a hybrid, or better yet, a pure electric?

      Check out this link. My "crappy" hybrid (or electric, in this case) car will kick your ass before you even finish fueling up.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad gas is $1.60/gal. The only way people will buy this if it's over $3.50/gal. No one will buy it since the car doesn't look any different than a typical Fusion. The Prius is successful because it looks different and screams "I Care!".

      Fleets will love it though.

      Instead of federal tax credits, we need to raise the Federal gas tax by $2/gallon, up from 18 cents/gallon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can't spell pretentious without Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Do people still wear those hideous Berks or have they all gone over to Crocks for their choice of ugly footwear? I really don't think you will find many gay men wearing Berks, maybe some dirty hippies or those born agains that look like hippies. Dont really see many hippie types anymore. No more good Jam bands to attract them to non-conforming through systematic conformity.

        The Prius is ugly, no argument there, especially when gas is $1.60, but its looks do improve as the price of gas increases.

        This Ford is a awesome vehicle. Hopefully it is a big hit for ford. Why should saving the planet require one to sacrifice driving a normal car. The biggest problem the green movement has is it insistence on requiring sacrifice. Cant we have the cake and eat it too?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, I'm a leftist birkenstock wearing homo and I like the Fusion Hybrid a gazillion times better than I like the Prius. A car I wouldn't touch with a 10 ft. pole.

        Now, what I am really curious about is why does a "trailer trash right wing bigot and closeted homosexual" like you cares about hybrid cars. Oh yes! What am I saying? The closeted thingy . . . I got it.

        Prejudice much? A-hole.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem w/ raising the federal gas tax by $2.00/gal is that there are many low income families who couldn't afford $4.00 gas and won't be able to afford it now. For some people, gas is a necessity to get to and from their jobs, and not just something that they waste to go shopping.

        As for the economics behind it, raising a federal tax like that would greatly diminish the general public's buying power, furthing the economic recession the U.S. is already in. Sure, it would give the U.S. govt. a TON more money per year, which of course could be used in federal investments, but when it comes down to it, the government can't buy itself out of the recession. The public has to take part in it, and that won't happen if a majority of low and middle class families cannot buy more things because of higher gas prices.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Instead of federal tax credits, we need to raise the Federal gas tax by $2/gallon, up from 18 cents/gallon"

        Of course raising taxes is always the answer. YAY! Higher taxes...get me in on some of that!!

        How about raising the sales tax albeit "slightly", lowering income taxes, and leaving the free market...say..free! Why would you be an advocate for over taxing the public on something we all need to run our struggling economy like fuel? What a horrible idea!!

        Where in hell exactly did you learn economics? You sound like a blithering idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm a leftist birkenstock wearing homo, but I'd be offended if you called me a Pruis driver.

        CTS-V is more my bag. I just won't be wearing my birks because I don't want them to catch the clutch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All of you, regardless of the bigot in reply #2, fail to realize the reason people like the Prius. Unless the car looks significantly different and projects an image of caring about saving the world, it won't be a runaway success, especially if it costs significantly more than a standard Fusion.

        Camry Hybrids are not as sought after as the Prius. Altima Hybrids. Aura Green Lines. Tahoe Hybrids. Escape Hybrids. Civic Hybrids. Lexus hybrids. I could go on, but you should, I hope, get the point.

        The reason that the new Insight is coming is just that Honda "got it" and the Insight will be just as popular as the Prius.

        Feel free to gay-bash all you want #2... no one takes idiots like you seriously.
        • 6 Years Ago

        no, the prius screams "I'm a leftist birkenstock wearing homo."

        This car will do fine among the normal type who want to hedge themselves against rising gas prices.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "All of you...fail to realize the reason people like the Prius." - LM

        And you fail to understand why so many don't. Feel free to read on.

        "Unless the car looks significantly different and projects an image of caring about saving the world, it won't be a runaway success, especially if it costs significantly more than a standard Fusion." - LM

        Says who? These MPG ratings speak for themselves. Ford has a real winner on their hands here - how many people on this article alone have said they want usable fuel efficiency in something other than the automotive equivalent to a public service announcement? So OK, it's not likely the Fusion is going to set the market on fire right away. We have to be realistic about the conditions facing Ford today - the Fusion is a Ford and that brand still carries a stigma, one that's not going to go away overnight. It's going to take this Fusion and more products of same competitive caliber over a sustained period of time to fix Ford's business. Consider also that hybrids are not that large of a market in the grad scheme of things for anything to be a "runaway success" there. None of this changes the fact that the 2010 Fusion Hybrid is a significant accomplishment from Ford.

        This is how the Big 3 fix themselves without my tax dollars: by coming back to the market with a vengeance, bringing state-of-the-art products like this that are actually worthy of my earned dollars for a change. Ford *finally* gets it. Took them long enough.

        "Camry Hybrids are not as sought after as the Prius. Altima Hybrids. Aura Green Lines. Tahoe Hybrids. Escape Hybrids. Civic Hybrids. Lexus hybrids. I could go on, but you should, I hope, get the point." - LM

        You already declared this concept of "style is king" of hybrid considerations from your first post and you are recycling it here like bad Knight Rider stock footage. FYI: style isn't isn't the only part of the equation - you're ignoring (willfully or otherwise) a key objection about every one these machines you cited, and that is cost vs benefit. Even a socialist can understand that the return on investment on nearly all these products doesn't justify the price premium for a sizable portion of the market. Spending an extra 3 grand for 2mpg isn't a smart financial move and even hybrid fans I talk to understand this. But most of these cars sell anyway because for the die-hards, it's not about money. To them, that 2 or 3mpg makes a difference and for others it's all about the emissions being rated PZEV. But even with those considerations on the table, why NOT choose a Prius over all these models? Why do so many still purchase products that are nerds on a basketball court to the Prius's Micheal Jordan? Because.. The. Prius. Is. Ugly. (among other problems with the product.) btw.. Jordan is still pretty hot. Anyone know what gaywheels.com says he drives?

        "The reason that the new Insight is coming is just that Honda "got it" and the Insight will be just as popular as the Prius." - LM

        You do have a genuine point on this one, and I do agree with you here. But there's more to it than that. Isn't it the least bit possible that the hybrid market is as diverse as any other? Seems your only point is "There are people out there who place style over function." Wow, OK. Say everyone, raise your hand if you've just now figured out one of the key reasons the Big 3 have have been in the crapper for decades. We get it - but I'm not sure you do: it goes both ways on the Prius. You say people buy it because it looks different and thus makes a loud statement and that's all there is to it. Bonus: the shape of the Prius also happens to be really practical to boot - it's essentially a hatchback and has those obvious advantages over a sedan. But, I'm saying: Look at that thing.. it's BUTT FRIGGIN' UGLY. Some people won't buy it on that basis alone, not to mention that -- in the USA -- sedans rule over wagons and hatchbacks, period. Style over functionality wins again, only this time in favor of something other than that emasculated.. err, Prius.

        Look at the choices when it comes to just about any segment: compact, mid-size, and even trucks. They all offer ways to accomplish specific tasks - but the competing models don't always go about it the same way. Why should hybrids be any different?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good Lord, you guys! Birkenstocks, homos, gay-bashing.... This is an auto website, remember?

        With regards to the Fusion Hybrid: All right, guys and gals, here's the thing. Ford doesn't expect this car to sell to the Prius set. Those people will continue to buy the Prius over the Ford Fusion Hybrid because it's around $6000 cheaper. This car will sell against the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

        But that's OK. This car is mostly a halo car, less vaporware than the Jeep Patriot EV and Volt, but it's also very salable. Ford really expects to get the bulk of its sales from the Fiesta and Focus from Europe, not to mention the Ranger that's coming in 2011 and an array of cheap, economical cars.

        It's positioning itself like Toyota of the 1970s. Which is exactly where it should be. While the Yaris and Corolla are rolling travesties in sheetmetal, the Focus and Fiesta are fundamentally better cars. Once they come in, Ford's got a fighting chance to grab up Toyota buyers in droves.

        The Fusion just gives Ford the street cred for environmental friendliness. Not bad, Ford. Looks pretty good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a shame that so many image conscious green types probably will ignore this car because a) its a Ford and b) it isnt as flashy as a Toyota Pious. All those people claim they really by Toyota hybrids because they care about the environment but the truth is they care as long as other people will know they are driving a hybrid. The Fusions efficiency is first rate but because it doesnt demand envious stares from SUV drivers many Toyota loving environmental types will shun this car. Hopefully there are enough open minded people out there to keep demand for this vehicle high. I would be ironic if Ford delivers such a car and Americans dont buy it because gas is cheap and they hate American branded vehicles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It is a shame that so many image conscious green types probably will ignore this car because a) its a Ford and b) it isnt as [hideously ugly] as a Toyota Pious."

        There. I fixed that for you. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago

      Ford seems to be in the best position to survive among the big three. So many great cars Fusion Hybrid,New 2010 Mustang,New TaurusFiesta,Euro Focus,Flex etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Instead of federal tax credits, we need to raise the Federal gas tax by $2/gallon, up from 18 cents/gallon"

      Of course raising taxes is always the answer. YAY! Higher taxes...get me in on some of that!!

      How about raising the sales tax albeit "slightly", lowering income taxes, and leaving the free market...say..free! Why would you be an advocate for over taxing the public on something we all need to run our struggling economy like fuel? What a horrible idea!!

      Where in hell exactly did you learn economics? You sound like a blithering idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Raising sales taxes isn't letting the "free market" work. There's no such thing as a "free" market because, yes, those externalities are real, deal with it.

        If you haven't taken a basic econ course you should.

        And yes, a neutral carbon tax offset by tax credits for higher efficiency cars makes the most sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        as far as shooting yourself in the foot, the ideal situation is charging users of the road system a "per mile" fee. Is "fee" a better word? To really conserve energy, people should live closer to where they work and play so they don't spend so much time and yes, energy, getting from point A to point B. Who, except for maybe us who enjoy the physical act of driving, wouldn't enjoy more time with friends and family than being stuck in a car for hours.

        I for one do not drive a hybrid - they are not available with a stick and that's all I'll own. I drive for the pleasure of it, as I suspect many of you do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because the free market isn't producing the outcome that he wants. He wants everyone else to buy tiny cars, and is angry that they don't, because it's "killing his planet" or for some other reason.

        Or, if he wants to sound smart, he'll use the word "externalities."

        But really, there is an argument to be made for raising the gas tax and giving everyone a payroll/income tax credit in exchange, so that it doesn't punish low-income families too much. However, one thing that usually gets left out is that demand for gasoline will fall if you do this, so if your plan "works" you eventually shoot yourself in the foot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You keep saying the government is "them".

      I have a problem with that. The government belongs to US. You elect people to REPRESENT YOU and your interests and we're in this ship together. The government isn't THEM. You, my friend, are unpatriotic for saying that.

      Our government's money is OUR money and our government spends it on you and me. There's no THEM. Get over that mindset please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you, LM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's kind of ugly though.
      If they would consider having this in a more Mondeo-like body, it would be a winner hands-down against Camry and Accord. Why they never brought their best seller over from Europe is still a mystery to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS- not exactly- the Mondeo is a very expensive car to build. That means, to build it for the American family sedan segment, they have to get the cost down. This WILL happen with the Taurus replacement, but it will be one segment up- close to the 300, G8, Avalon, etc.
        Ford tried this with the Mondeo before- the Ford Can't-tour and Mercury Mistake. The cars just weren't very good. Before that, the Ford Sierra and Scorpio were really good cars in the European origin market, but after the Americanizing and fumbles with marketing, they werre utter and complete failures. GM didn't do any better with the Caddy that Ziggs. Nothing wrong with European market cars- the N American execution just has to be good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is Fusion Version 1.5. Many people get the impression that this is an all new Fusion, it's not. This is the Fusion that bridges the gap between the previous gen Fusion and the Euro Mondeo. Going straight from 09 Fusion to 2010 Mondeo bodystyle probably would've been too drastic.

        As a current Fusion owner, I can say that there is a 80% chance of me getting a 2010-2011 Fusion once I get past 100K on mine. Only thing that would stop me is if they bring over a Euro focus that is either an SVT, RS, or possibly ST.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mr.Oak: In this case, for me the solution is far simpler than moving to Europe: I just won't buy a Fusion. And it's exactly this type of thinking that got the D3 where they are right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you willing to spend CTS money for the Mondeo? If this is such a problem for you, there are flights leaving for Europe ever 15 minutes or so, just move there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I apologize.


      I jumped the gun. You're absolutely right, you didn't say anything negative about hybrids. I retract my comment the way it may be perceived.

      Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed the link. Who would have thought...
      • 6 Years Ago

      Looks better than a Accord or Camry. Is more reliable than both and gives better MPG than the Hybrid Camry. Looks like it has the potential to smash the competition.
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