Four months after unveiling the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan In Los Angeles, Ford is now finally shipping cars to the dealerships. Ford originally planned to start production in December 2008, but the collapse of sales last fall meant that there was excess inventory of 2009 models. As a result, the December shutdown was extended and production began in earnest in February. That means that anyone hoping to cash in on the maximum $3,400 tax credit on the hybrid versions will have to act fast. Ford has passed the 60,000 sales mark for its hybrids, which means that after March 31, the tax credits are being phased out. After this month the tax credit drops to $1,700 until the end of September. Between October 1 and March 31, 2010, buyers will get only $850 back on their tax returns. After that you're out of luck unless the state you live in offers some incentives.
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