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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 Lord 666 on 12/23/2008 2:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
What modern diesels have you smelled recently? Not long ago, I rammed my entire face/nose into the tail pipe of a ML320 CDI Blu and could not smell anything.

Even my own 2006 Jetta TDI only lets off a very faint smell, but it doesn't smell like diesel. More like dirty socks, but its very faint and with my nose right in the tail pipe.

RE: modern Diesels are even more impressive IMO
By Black69ta on 12/23/2008 4:15:33 PM , Rating: 3
So you smell the tailpipes of cars, by sticking your nose in it?
See some of us can learn from our canine friends.

By Lord 666 on 12/23/2008 5:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Some smart-ass uninformed family member read an article about how diesels from the 90's were linked to children's asthma and questioned our decision to drive our 2006 TDI.

Challenged the idiot to breathe the tail-pipe of my car while running as proof the literature read is outdated. Stepped it up a notch and included the MB while running to compare against mine. Since then, converted two other people to the diesel side with another shopping. Would I do this with a 1983 MB diesel... Hell no!

Speaking of canine's, my brother and I taste tested our dog's food several times including doggie treats. My kid got a kick out of it after seeing me bitting an end off a dog bone and then handing it to our dog as a reward for going nuts when a stranger came to the door.

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