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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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By cbmeeks on 12/23/2008 2:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
I am ALL for alternative fueled vehicles and reducing our need on oil. However, I don't know why I seem to see yet another car on DT squawking their MPG.

Eight years ago I bought a 1986 Honda Accord that got 35 MPG highway and probably 31 city. Granted, 41 city is pretty good but remember this. I paid $1200 for that Accord and drove it 6 years. I put about $800 into repairs into it. So for less than $2k you can be driving a car that is almost as good as this hybrid.

I'll really be impressed when my next $12,000 car get 250 MPG. Oh yeah...that's what I want. That and a holodeck.

RE: Meh...
By Spuke on 12/23/2008 2:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
So for less than $2k you can be driving a car that is almost as good as this hybrid.
That 86 Accord did not have the same safety features, meet the same emissions standards, have the same equipment (NAV, iPod connections, etc.), carry the same amount of people and luggage in quite comfort as this 2010 (not 1986) Fusion.

If you can make that 86 Accord match everything that the 2010 Fusion has AND get the same mileage, then you need to go into business for yourself because you're a friggin genius.

RE: Meh...
By Gzus666 on 12/23/2008 2:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it also didn't have modern engine controls, machining tolerances, fuel injection, aerodynamics, or composites.

RE: Meh...
By twhittet on 12/23/2008 7:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
Well those are also bogus numbers, and a worthless comparison.

"Eight years ago I bought a 1986 Honda Accord that got 35 MPG highway and probably 31 city"

I like the "probably" part. If cbmeeks "probably" got 31-city with a 1986 Honda Accord, they would "probably" get 55 mpg-city with the Fusion. The EPA doesn't use "probably"s, and the number talked about today was an EPA number. says the 1986 Accord gets 23-city and 30-highway with the same adjusted standards the Fusion uses today. That means the Fusion kills the Accord in town, and those without a lead foot often get well over EPA estimates.

RE: Meh...
By Gzus666 on 12/23/2008 8:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
Did you get lost with the reply button?

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