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Good news for those looking to get into a new fuel efficient midsize sedan: Ford's 2010 Fusion Hybrid has been tested by the EPA and its 41 mpg city and 36 highway entitle it to the maximum $3,400 tax credit allowed for hybrid vehicles by the federal government. The current set of tax credits are calculated based on the fuel efficiency improvement of a particular model versus what it and its competitors achieve with their non-hybridized powertrains. In standard four cylinder guise, the Fusion still manages a very respectable 23 city and 34 highway, again proving that hybrids make their largest efficiency improvements in city driving conditions.

If you want to benefit from the full tax credit, we'd advise you to act quickly. As buyers of Toyota and Honda hybrids have already found out, once an automaker has sold 60,000 hybrid units, the tax credit is slowly phased out. Ford reached its total allotment late last year, so you've got until the end of March before the credit is halved.


[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE:

2010 FORD FUSION HYBRID QUALIFIES BUYERS FOR HIGHEST AVAILABLE FEDERAL TAX CREDIT – $3,400

DEARBORN, MICH., Jan. 28, 2009 – Customers eager to purchase America's most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid, can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government.

Buyers of a new 2010 Fusion Hybrid or Mercury Milan Hybrid this year will qualify for the $3,400 tax credit, the highest credit amount ever offered for hybrids purchased or placed in service after Dec. 31, 2005. The Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient SUVs in America, continue to qualify for a $3,000 tax credit, the highest available tax credit of all hybrids on the road today.

Fusion Hybrid's class-leading 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which tops the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, helped Fusion garner the significant credit amount, which is based on a vehicle's potential fuel efficiency. Stacked together, Fusion's fuel savings and tax incentive can help significantly offset the premium to the customer for hybrid-electric technology over a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

"Hybrids are an important part of our strategy to deliver the best or among the best fuel economy with all of our new products, and the Fusion and Milan Hybrids have set the pace for the company, as well as our competitors," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "We're glad to see our government help promote these advanced, clean fuel-efficient vehicles to the consumer."

Technological innovation, like the development of Ford's hybrid systems, is a core value as the company drives for leadership in quality, safety, fuel efficiency and in-car connectivity. A new study this week by The Patent Board™ – the world's leading patent analyst – found that Ford outperformed all other automakers in the quality and significance of its technology patents. The 2010 Fusion, Milan and their respective hybrid models set new standards for technology innovation with 119 U.S. patents.

Hybrid Hot Sheet
To deliver 700-plus miles on a single tank of gas, Fusion Hybrid travels up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, faster than the Camry and all other hybrids currently on the road. In addition, the system's Intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) allows the hybrid to more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice-versa, delivering a near imperceptible hybrid driving experience to the customer.

Other advanced hybrid systems that contribute to Fusion's fuel-economy leadership include:
• A smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20 percent more power than Ford's previous hybrid system.
• An enhanced electronic throttle control, which reduces airflow on shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts.
• A regenerative brake system that recovers and stores nearly 94 percent of energy normally lost through friction in braking.

The 2010 Fusion Hybrid also debuts Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.

Ford's Growing Hybrid Fleet
The 2010 Fusion and Milan Hybrids join the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids, doubling the company's hybrid product offerings and volume.

The 2009 Escape and Mariner Hybrid FWD models qualify for a $3,000 tax credit; 4WD models $1,950. Owners of previous model-year Escape and Mariner hybrid models may also qualify for varying credit amounts from $1,950 to $3,000. The credit is only available to the original purchaser of a new, qualifying vehicle.

Tax Credit Update
Customers who purchase a Ford or Mercury brand hybrid by March 31, 2009 will remain eligible for the full tax credit amounts. Beginning April 1, 2009 customers who purchase a hybrid will only be able to claim a partial tax credit as described in the table above.

Since Ford Motor Company reached the 60,000 vehicle threshold in the 4th quarter of 2008, the tax credit amounts are reduced by 50 percent beginning in the second quarter of 2009 and by an additional 25 percent beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009. No tax credit amount is available for hybrids after March 31, 2010.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      You actually have to take delivery by March 31. Orders aren't "sold" until the Purchase and Sale is signed and the car is out the door (titled). A dealer can't title/register a car without having it in stock.

      Very few people will qualify.

      The Federal Government should re-instate the program for another 200,000 per manufacturer, but tighten the requirements even more. This should escalate until the average economy is 50 MPG. Using the market to regulate MPG is much better than CAFE and actually works. Tax credits are dubious though, because it prevents many people from still being able to participate - few can afford $30k for a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was just at NADA and Ford is very proud of the line up they have for 2009 and even more so for 2010. Tax credits like this that help to offset the higher costs of hybrids are hopefully enough to start to get more people buying hybrid models. Even if fuel prices remain where they are presently for some time conservation is never a bad idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really wish there were more options that returned as good a results in highway driving as these new hybrids do for city driving. I have a 90mi round trip commute on county highways that includes 2 stop signs. I am really looking at diesels, but with only 1 reasonably priced option out there it is tough. I hope Ford can get out its Ecoboost engines soon and that some other manufacturers can get diesels or small DI turbos out soon so I can have a few more options than just the Jetta for getting good highway mileage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car sounds perfect for someone who spends their time in traffic jams. If I ran a taxi, I would consider this car along with the Prius and Camry Hybrid. If quality is superior, I think Ford has a winner here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait a minute... I thought the tax credit was PER VEHICLE MODEL, not per manufacturer... don't you get the $3500 until 60,000 Fusion Hybrids are sold?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, it's per manufacturer. From a regulatory standpoint, it makes more sense. Otherwise Toyota could "discontinue" the Prius, give it a different name, change it a bit cosmetically, and call it the "Pries" and get another round of credits.

        Besides, it was supposed to encourage each automaker to bring something to market to help with development costs, not subsidize hybrids forever. Although my coworker has a Prius, and she said that basically all it did was give the dealerships a reason to raise their asking price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2010 Ford fusion hybrid: 38mpg combined

      2010 Toyota prius: 50mpg combined

      It's stupid that a car with much worse mileage gets a tax credit. Gotta love industry sponsored legislation enabled by house republicans.

      Energy Policy Act of 2005
      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll132.xml
      • 6 Years Ago
      HOW CAN WE BUY ONE IF THEY ARE NOT OUT? ALSO IF THEY ARE NOT OUT BY MARCH 31 I WILL BUY A CAMRY WHICH IS AVAILABLE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What really sets the Fusion Hybrid apart from other cars on the road is its instrument cluster, a customizable LCD featuring well-designed graphics to let you know how the car is performing. There are four presets showing different types of virtual gauges and information. We found it easy to switch between different modes without having to consult a manual. There is really nothing like it on the road, and we applaud Ford for taking such a bold step, which will surely get some backlash from purists who favor analog gauges. But those people probably wouldn't be interested in a hybrid, anyway.
      http://www.reviewedfords.com/2010-ford-fusion-hybrid.html
      graphikzking
      • 6 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong.. but do you have to BUY the car by the 31st of March ??? Or TAKE DELIVERY!

      This could really impact a lot of peoples decisions. It's potentially $1700 difference which isn't exactly chump change. It's basically the tax/tag/title costs.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        According to caranddriver.com, you will still get the full tax credit as long as you order before April 1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting how Ford is promoting the FFH. Considering that the FFH probably won't begin trickling into dealer's lots until late March if not April (or even later I've heard from one dealer), I don't see how too many buyers getting the full tax credit.

      Maybe I'm wrong and they will be readily available by March. Still, good marketing spin, as even the $1700 tax credit from April through September is better than getting no tax credit for Toyota's hybrids.