The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has had a charmed life so far. Qualifying for California HOV lane status and getting impressive range and miles per gallon equivalent numbers are all bound to help its market image. Now, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score, the highest possible, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA tests measured vehicle performance and safety in frontal and side-impact crash test, along with resistance to rollovers. The plug-in hybrid follows the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, which already received five-star safety ratings. Ford highlighted another safety perk in its press release (see below) – the Personal Safety System with safety belt technologies and advanced front impact airbags.

So far, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has sold ten times more units than the Fusion Energi. The April sales total for the Fusion Hybrid was 3,625 units sold versus 364 for the Fusion Energi. But it's still very early in the game, and the Fusion Hybrid has a potentially huge problem to deal with that could hurt sales.
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Ford Fusion Energi Earns Top Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA

DEARBORN, Mich., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
  • 2013 Ford Fusion was also named Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the highest recommendation the organization has for vehicle safety
  • In addition to top safety marks, Fusion Energi also achieves EPA-rated fuel economy of 100 MPGe combined, including 108 MPGe city/92 MPGe highway

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has earned the highest possible "five-star" Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the U.S. Government's highest-possible safety rating and is determined only after severe testing procedures as part of NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid joins the Ford Fusion and the Ford Fusion Hybrid which already received five-star safety ratings. NHTSA has elected to test plug-in vehicles separately from vehicles powered by gasoline internal combustion engines as the market share of electrified vehicles is increasing. April marked Ford's best hybrid sales month ever with Ford's EV market share hitting an all-time high of 18 percent, up from 3 percent last April.

"The Fusion Energi combines the highest possible safety ratings from NHTSA and great fuel economy, two things we know customers are looking for in their vehicles," said Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. "Our strategy is to provide our customers with a range of powertrain options in our vehicles, while still leading in fuel economy in every segment that we compete."

The Fusion Energi gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 108 MPGe, which is five MPGe better than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.

The NHTSA five-star rating for the Fusion Energi comes in addition to the 2013 Fusion being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in December. The Top Safety Pick + designation is the highest rating the organization has for vehicle safety.

The Fusion Energi also features the Personal Safety System™ with safety belt technologies and front impact airbags. The Personal Safety System™ is a network of components that work together to tailor the deployment of the front airbags during frontal collisions. Other driver assist technologies available on the Fusion Energi include:

Lane Keeping Assist
Adaptive Cruise Control
Rearview Camera
Hill Start Assist
Electronic Parking Break

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com .


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      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why the Energi model is supposed to be in competition with the hybrid model. The Energi has a pretty high price premium over hybrid even with federal rebates and a substantial loss in cargo space in addition to non-foldable seats. I don't see why that would be a large volume model. Neither is the Honda Accord PHEV.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luc K
        Yeah, what's up with Fusion Energi pricing? It's about $8000 more than the hybrid and the battery size difference isn't nearly big enough to explain the price difference. That's a really, really, expensive charge controller.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luc K
        I actually really liked the Ford Fusion Ecoboost we rented last winter. It had plenty of room to burn in the back seats and trunk. A little less cargo space wouldn't be a deal breaker since it already had way more than we expected. But I can't believe they are doing non-foldable seats. That really sucks.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like this will be the replacement vehicle for the Australian designed Ford Falcon. Heartbreakingly, Ford has had enough of high cost of unionised labour, government ineptitude, and falling sales and will terminate it's in Australian manufacturing plants, bringing to an end nearly 60 years of Ford Australia models. Heartbreaking, as the impact on the rest of the Australian Auto manufacturing industry may follow suit, as the supply chain collapses. Tragic, because it was all so unnecessary.
      lesley.diamond
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hi guys, can you share this coupon code I got in my email? It's 10% off parts and accessories on all online orders only with the code fbfordm30 and it's for the site: www.carmenitafordparts.com.
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make sure you leave the battery fully charged after the crash testing NHTSA. Hopefully you can get another fire to talk about how dangerous the electric vehicle things are. You better scare the whole country into remaining on oil so we can sink our economy and send our young off to war in the middle east.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        We will be energy independent soon, which will grow our economy and prevent our young from being sent off to war, as we will provide all of our own energy.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Don't forget to leave it upside-down resting on the roof with battery coolant leaking out for a couple of weeks too. Because we all know how common it is to leave people strapped into their cars for a couple of weeks with the car upside down after an accident. Putting them in deadly risk of getting caught in a fire that can only happen once the coolant has leaked on specific components, and then completely dried out and crystallized to create a short circuit.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want it all, a car that is practical and economical as well as exciting to drive. So, even when reading about a hybrid or electric, I still want to know 0-60 times and how it takes a corner. Also, even for non-enthusiasts, the qualities that make a car "fun" -- responsive and stable acceleration , maneuvering and braking -- are the same qualities that make a car easy and safe to drive. Baz - http://www.mymotortradeinsurance.co.uk