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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: Nice
By hypocrisyforever on 12/23/2008 5:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm....I have a 1996 pontiac grand am, 6cyl w/ 220k miles on it. original engine and trans, I have replaced the waterpump, radiator, and belts.......that is pretty much it besides obvious things like springs/struts/tires. That being said I've never understood where american cars get unreliability reps from. I feel like people don't take care of their cars whatsoever (average tercel owner) and then cry when the high tech machinery fails. "MY ENGINE MADE OF 1000'S OF PARTS HAS FAILED, THIS CAR SUCKS", meanwhile, they don't change their oil, wash salt off the car, or do anything else that is common sense. Furthermore oil has come a super long ways in regards to viscosity. These crazy new synthetics can go 25k miles before the viscosity starts failing......that doesnt mean you should change your oil every 10k miles. Carbon builds up in the engine and scores the cylinder walls and damages 100's of other should still be changing your oil every 3k-5k miles to get rid of the particulate that builds up from the constant fire/pressure :-)

RE: Nice
By kmmatney on 12/23/2008 11:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2000 Dodge Grand caravan (all-wheel Drive) with 140K miles, and have changed the oil every 10K miles. Overall, it's been a good car - still have original engine, transmission, etc.. It has needed some work over the years, but overall it's served us well and I would buy one again if they still made the AWD model.

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