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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 afkrotch on 12/23/2008 1:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. My brother owns a 2004 530D and it is indeed economical if driven right, though if you drive like a "usual" BMW driver the MPG rating won't be nearly as impressive (same holds true for the Ford most likely).

huh? The "usual" BMW driver is some old fart that goes about 15-40 kph below the speed limit. Even when I was in the states, this was the same. Youngsters who drive crazy can't afford BMWs, so they buy cheaper imports and over time increase their performance.

Time and time again I've wanted to just shoot the BMW/Benz/Volvo/Audi driver in front of me, for going so damn slow. If those cars only came with a 120 hp 4 cyclinder, I doubt the drivers would even notice.

By therealnickdanger on 12/23/2008 1:35:34 PM , Rating: 4
Where did you live?

Here in Minnesota, I have yet to encounter a Bimmer on the road that didn't want to race or didn't have something to prove. This behavior spans all ages as far as I can tell. There are lots of young M3 owners especially.

By lco45 on 12/23/2008 9:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
I think the BMW buyer demographic is different in the US to Europe.
In Europe BMWs are seen as a fairly sensible, almost mainstream car. A 318i is practically a taxi, in fact in Germany you see mainly Mercs used as taxis.
Here in Australia, and I assume US as well, European cars are disproportionately expensive compared to Asian- or Australian-made cars, so it's usually motoring enthusiasts who buy them.


By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
It's different in SoCal San Diego. There are you older drivers like myself but there are those youngsters that always want to prove something with their BMW's, Audi's, etc.

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