• Feb 24, 2011
David Letterman buys a 2011 Ford Fusion on-air – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you were David Letterman, what type of car would you purchase? Something German? Italian? Perhaps something that quickly propels you to illegal speeds? You're all wrong, unless your guess was the 2011 Ford Fusion... which would be an amazingly accurate answer.

Letterman posed a challenge to local Nissan and Ford dealers; get to my set first and I will buy a car from you. Nissan was working to bring down the Juke, while Ford sent over a Fusion. It was clear that Letterman wanted the Ford to arrive first because he mocked the Juke and held up a sign reading "we love Ford."

Luckily for Dave, a salesman from the Manhattan Ford dealership arrived first. He sat down with Dave, and Letterman successfully haggled him down a bit on the price. Click past the jump to see David Letterman take ownership of a 2011 Ford Fusion and to see the Top Ten Reasons Dave Doesn't Want A Nissan Juke. Okay, fine. We may have embellished that last bit a little...

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David Letterman buys a 2011 Ford Fusion


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, totally delivered a bitch slap to Nissan. Maybe they should have delivered his Leaf a lot quicker....

      But Dave's right about that name. Juke just sounds stupid...
        • 3 Years Ago
        imoore: Letterman and Paul Newman both owned sleeper Volvo wagons with 5.0 Mustang engines back in the day, and Letterman has gotten a lot of Connecticut press with his speeding tickets on the Merritt Parkway. But I agree, he's not the AWESOME car guy that Leno is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be nice to be able to buy a car just for the joke value. I brought my change jar to Coinstar today so I'm good with Top Ramen for a while.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 on the bank idea
        • 3 Years Ago
        yes but it's really embarrassing buying food with nickels and pennies. i'll give Coinstar my 9% to save a slight amount of embarrassment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You could have bought another ramen packet for the 10% that coinstar charged you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or go to the bank and not be charged anything. That's what I do to buy my ramen. =/
      • 3 Years Ago
      wtf? why a fusion now? there will be one next year that would be 10 times better than the current one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you referring to the Focus?
        • 3 Years Ago
        2013 fusion
        • 3 Years Ago
        Next year is not 2013.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At least it's not a Nissan JOKE.
        • 3 Years Ago
        heh 2013 fusion mules have been out in the wild wearing mondeo bodies for a long time. they are coming soon. I4 EB and V6 EB and hybrid versions are all killer. if you are in the market for a midsize sedan, wait for this one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Fusion was just revamped significantly in 2010. The hybrid is only in its second year. I expect Ford to merely update the interior for MyTouch in 2012. The current hybrid with navigation screen setup looks pretty similar to new generation MyTouch setups because it makes use of sam the LCD dashboard hardware so they don't have to revamp the interior much.

        Ford will probably first introduce a new Mondeo in 2012/13 in Europe, possibly under a new name, before it hits the states. It's possible that it would be sold alongside the Fusion for at least the first one or two model years. Perhaps it won't even bother updating the Fusion at all in order to sell it as a fleet vehicle at a discount, because I bet the new Mondeo will be more expensive than the model it replaces (just like the Focus).

      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHA, he owned Nissan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The older this guy gets the better his jokes. He is just becoming an arrogant funny man, it kind of reminds me Red from That 70s Show. Either way poor Nissan seems like its loosing its way just like Honda and Toyota. Kudos to Ford, its about time their engineers take a break and produce another supercar like the Ford GT. I am not complaining they don't really have to as long as they keep making nice quality vehicles like they have been doing lately.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford has a lot of product placement going on now. I was flipping through the channels the other day and there was a show with a car chase in the new Ford Fusion, and the characters actually took time out of the action to point out new features on the Fusion. It was laughably bad, I actually thought it was a commercial but no it was a real show. The show was White Collar, it was on USA or TBS or one of those networks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, the all-time worst case of car product placement was in the last season of Bones, in which Angela and Hodgins get tossed in jail for having too much fun playing with all the gadgets in their new Prius and driving distracted. The Prius was literally so awesome that it got them cracked down on by The Man. When product placement actually drives the plot of the show, that's when we've gone too far.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I saw that, lol. They were talking about the leaves on the dashboard signifying the eco-status. It was actually kinda funny watching the leaves disappear.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, in general USA shows tend to advertise badly. I'm speaking only of the shows I watch, though, to be fair. White Collar was doing the same thing with the Ford Taurus earlier in the series, just as bad but focusing on the automatic braking instead of the mileage thing.

        Also Burn Notice season 1 was basically a commercial for the Cadillac CTS, season 2 for the Saab 9-3, and the last seasons for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Not to mention the generous amount of camera time given to Miller 64 throughout.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, I think Dave was going after Jay Leno. They're still feuding, only nicer. I'm waiting to see how Jay will respond to this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There it is. Jay does have cred with auto enthusiasts however... Dave, noe I ever recall.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MajorGeek

        google Letterman's awesome V8 transplanted volvo wagon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I believe Ford is actually closer, I used to take my Escape there for service.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember that Conan still likes to drive his early 1990s vintage Taurus SHO in emerald green.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good choice on the Fusion. I've got one and I love it. Great car overall--good handling, good economy, lots of room and plenty of toys.

      But ditch the factory tires, man. They SUCK in the snow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      4000lbs! That's the heaviest fusion in the world.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Comes with 4 dead hookers in the trunk?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well the Fusion I must admit is a really terrific looking car. The new one I keep thinking is the new Honda/Acura TL (Accord in the rest of the world). Ford kept the size right -- it is not "Buick Roadmaster sized" like the Accord and Camry North America gets.
        Andy
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Acura TSX is the Accord in the rest of the world. The TL is a dressed up US Accord.
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