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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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RE: Great, but wait for the Fiesta
By technohermit on 12/23/2008 11:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
Uhh...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_standard

http://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/

The EPA does indeed stop these vehicles from coming in because they don't meet the "emissions standards."

And I don't understand the rules either. Naturally a diesel commercial vehicle cannot be expected to achieve 40 mpg, but an H2, hell and H1 Hummer is hardly a 53' semi. If it is for personal transportation, they should all be held to the same standard. If they cannot do it, don't allow production.


By RandomUsername3463 on 12/23/2008 12:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
Historically, the US has regulated particulate emissions much more heavily than European countries. (These particulates are carcinogenic, by the way!) This has excluded many diesels from the US. On the other hand, European countries have regulated C02 emissions more heavily than the US, favoring diesels.

European countries also typically set vehicle taxes by engine displacement. Diesels provide more torque (better acceleration) for a given displacement than a gasoline engine. The added cost of the diesel is offset by the taxes, so diesels are more affordable in Europe.


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