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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: modern Diesels are even more impressive IMO
By UNHchabo on 12/23/2008 11:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
A Jetta is much more comparable in size to a 3-series than a 5-series. To compare with a 5-series, you'd need to go to a Passat, at least.

RE: modern Diesels are even more impressive IMO
By Jimbo1234 on 12/23/2008 1:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
Lat time I checked the Passat was the same size as an Audi A4, making it compete in size with a 3 series, not 5. The Jetta is more of a 1 series or A3.

Several years ago the A4 and Passat shared the same platform.

By UNHchabo on 12/23/2008 1:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, even though I was factually wrong, that proves my point even more. A Jetta is WAY smaller than a 5-series. ;)

I guess I don't know VWs well.

By therealnickdanger on 12/23/2008 1:40:58 PM , Rating: 5
A Jetta is much more comparable in size to a 3-series than a 5-series

Read my comment again - I was talking about the Jetta being comparable to the Fusion, not the 5-series.

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