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2010 Ford Fusion  (Source: Ford)
Ford unveils "renewed" Fusion complete with new powertrain options

Ford's Fusion has been a moderate success for the company in the mid-size sedan category. While the Fusion doesn't have the sales numbers to put it toe-to-toe with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima, the vehicle is nonetheless a competent entry in one of the most fiercely contested auto segments in North America.

Now that the Fusion has been on the market for a few years, Ford is ready to give the vehicle a makeover. Stylistically, the vehicle received new front and rear fascias, although the only press shot provided by Ford is of the vehicle's dramatic new front.

The new front end styling seems to merge the current three-bar grill prominent with Ford's current North American styling theme with the more organic shapes found on the European market Mondeo, Ka, and Fiesta (as evidenced by the fog lamp shapes and lower air dam). The hood also features a prominent "power bulge" to accentuate the changes under hood.

When it comes to the powertrain, Ford is introducing a new 175 HP 2.5-liter inline-4 engine -- also available in the all-new Mazda6 and upcoming second generation Mazda3 -- which replaces the old 2.3 liter engine. Ford also massaged the 3.0-liter V6 to produce 240 HP (up 19HP from before). The engine is also capable of running on E85.

For those that crave even more power, the corporate 3.5-liter V6 engine is also available with 263 HP on tap. The 3.5-liter V6 is also used in the Ford Edge and Ford Flex crossovers.

All three of the above engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The most interesting news about the new Fusion, however, is that a new hybrid version of the vehicle is in the works. The new Fusion Hybrid will use the 2.5-liter inline-4 and a heavily revamped version of the hybrid system used in the current Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Ford managed to reduce the number of cells used in the battery pack by 20 percent while at the same time boosted the power output by each individual cell by 20 percent.

The new NiMH battery pack is now 30 percent smaller than the one featured in the Escape/Mariner Hybrids and weighs 23 percent less. The reduced dimensions and weight also means that the battery pack no longer requires its own A/C unit to stay cool which also saves weight.

Ford boosted the power generated by the electric motor from 70 kW to 93 kW, while generator output rose from 45 kW to 70 kW. As a result, the new Fusion Hybrid can now reach speed of up to 47 MPH on battery power alone -- this is up from 24 MPH on the Escape/Mariner Hybrids.

Best of all, the significant improvements to the hybrid powertrain will translate into big mileage gains for drivers. Ford says that the Fusion Hybrid will achieve 5 MPG better EPA ratings in the city than the Toyota Camry Hybrid (EPA rated 33 MPG city).

Ford has high hopes for its reinvigorated midsize offering, and the Fusion Hybrid most certainly will be leading its efforts.



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RE: Fugly
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/3/2008 9:16:33 AM , Rating: 4
The Camaro is lumped in the same category as the Mustang, 350Z/370Z, Mazda RX-8, and the upcoming Hyundai Genesis Coupe. They're the only two-door RWD coupes available in the $25,000 -- $30,000 price bracket.

My comment about the 370Z kicking the Camaro's ass was more aimed at the V6 version, but it should also be pretty competitive with the SS.

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However, your comment about the GTO being an Opel is off base. It's a direct Holden Monaro with Pontiac "look at me cladding". Even though the styling is cavalier bland...


Hmmm...

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The Pontiac GTO was relaunched in the United States in 2004, based on the Holden Monaro's V platform. The Monaro is a 2 door coupe variant of the Australian developed VT/VX Holden Commodore. The Commodore was in turn developed by enlarging the European designed 1994 Opel Omega B, which was marketed in its original form in the U.S. from 1997 to 2001 as the Cadillac Catera. The revival was prompted by former GM chairman Bob Lutz,[1] who drove a Holden Monaro while on a business trip in Australia.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_GTO#2004


RE: Fugly
By FITCamaro on 11/3/2008 11:10:00 AM , Rating: 1
You're comparing the base model V6 Camaro to the Nissan when the Nissan will be the same price as the V8 Camaro? Not exactly a fair comparison.


RE: Fugly
By theapparition on 11/3/2008 11:58:15 AM , Rating: 2
Sort of......

Even though the original Monaro and Commodore shared a platform, the platform itself was redesigned from the Omega/Catera that came before it.

Yes, there may have been evolutionary clues, but you can hardly call it a Catera pt II.

The newer Commodores are on a completely different platform, the rear drive zeta platform.


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