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Ford lives up to the hype with the Fusion Hybrid

DailyTech has talked about the Ford Fusion Hybrid on two previous occasions. With each article, the car has grown even more impressive.

When DailyTech first visited the Fusion Hybrid, Ford boldly predicted that the vehicle would top the Toyota Camry Hybrid in the city by 5 MPG. A month later, we reported that auto journalists were able to extract 43 MPG from the Fusion Hybrid in city testing while a Ford engineer managed an even more impressive 46 MPG.

For once, it appears that an auto manufacturer is actually living up to the hype. The EPA has officially released mileage figures for the Fusion Hybrid and the vehicle does better than even Ford's initial projections of 38 MPG. In fact, the vehicle is rated at 41 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway -- 8 MPG and 2 MPG better respectively than the Camry Hybrid.

The Fusion Hybrid is able to achieve high ratings in the city thanks to its fuel efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT transmission, second generation hybrid system, and a lighter and more powerful battery pack.

"It's not just one thing, but thousands... We've optimized the heck out of that vehicle, it's individual components," said Fusion Hybrid program leader Praveen Cherian.

Ford's Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 47 MPH on battery power alone and will start at $27,270.

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Chevy Cruze
By ajvitaly on 12/23/2008 10:51:03 AM , Rating: 3
Good for Ford. It's nice to hear good news for the U.S. based automakers. I've got family that works for GM and I'm personally waiting on the Chevy Cruze for my next car (crossing fingers, hoping my current car makes it). Assuming I like how it feels then I won't even shop around.

RE: Chevy Cruze
By Desslok on 12/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: Chevy Cruze
By RU482 on 12/23/2008 1:08:04 PM , Rating: 1
I'd like to get in on a wager against your opinion

RE: Chevy Cruze
By 67STANG on 12/23/2008 2:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
You'd be betting on the economy, not on the soundness of GM...

GM (also Ford and Chrysler) will not be the same in 5 years. I'd like to see the big three work together on new technological advances like congress is asking them to do. It will save them all a ton of money going forward-- although it may be too late for GM and Chrysler if they can't hold on to Q2 or Q3 of 2009.

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