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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 vulcanproject on 12/23/2008 11:47:17 AM , Rating: 1
Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel has been around in europe for some time now. its part of the modern euro IV standard. euro V is even stricter, probably around >10ppm as of next year for european diesel cars. modern european diesels with their particulate emission filtering technology and easy 50MPG plus economy are far more sophisticated than pretty much every petrol powered vehicle on america's roads. its incredible how much disdain is afforded diesel in north america for light vehicles, especially when hybrids like this fall a long way short of your average run of the mill modern european diesel saloon for economy

RE: Great, but wait for the Fiesta
By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
our VP of Engineering commented that he had a old car (forgot name) that he had 15 years ago that ran 60mpg..on diesel. Yes, I think UK/Europe has a good advantage on MPG. MPG mind you.

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