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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 otispunkmeyer on 12/23/2008 4:36:48 PM , Rating: 2
absolutely true....we even have diesel hot hatches over here. VW, Renault, even Skoda have hot diesel versions of their cars. the golf and megane are both looking at 170-180bhp and a mountain of torque that, thanks to variable vane turbos, is available across a good chunk of the rev range... none of that all the power coming in at once malarky.

my dads car is a lexus IS220D.... from the outside the engine is not loud, sure its not petrol quiet, but its not a clattery tractor engine either, its got a muted strum to it.

inside, well.... if you had no idea about the engine you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a petrol. honestly its that quiet and on the motorway even the well controlled tyre roar and slight wind noise are louder than the engine.

rumour has it that honda, with the new civic (which for the first time has a diesel engine honda designed and built themselves) the 2.2CDTi under the "hood" has actually been reigned in because it was quite concievable that the car would be even more potent than the Type R version.

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