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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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Popular loved Ford car? oh wait, its a Mazda
By Black69ta on 12/23/2008 4:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
I love this everyone raves about how ford finally has a winner with the Fusion. However, everyone fails to mention that it is merely a sightly stretched Mazda6. Notice that Mazda gets a new Mazda6 followed the next year by a new Fusion. if Chrysler had absorbed Mitsubishi without trying to change them maybe that would have been a better venture. The European sourced GM engines (the ECOTEC,) have been very good. But, Fords Contour and Euro Escort were failures

RE: Popular loved Ford car? oh wait, its a Mazda
By The0ne on 12/23/2008 7:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
Chrysler tried this with the 3000gt, eclipse and...forgot the care name. Their models didn't sell much compared to Mits's models and reliability was was as well. They since stopped after 3000gt I believe.

By The0ne on 12/26/2008 11:21:12 AM , Rating: 2
Ah! was going to google the name but remembered it...the Starion!! anyone remember this nice car? :) Not sure what the Chrysler name was though :o

By hashish2020 on 12/25/2008 1:46:30 AM , Rating: 2
You mean FORD CONTROLS MAZDA? I mean that crap you are saying is like someone saying "That Buick V6 isn't made by Buick, but by CADILLAC!"

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